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I am a retired Ironworker(35 years Local 7), a lifetime Boston, Mass resident.  I am old enough to know better - but don't.


Who Owns a Poem??


Blog Posted:6/17/2017 3:10:00 PM

Who Owns a Poem?

 

Could I call a poem – a poem

if I titled it as such

or would this egocentricity

cause the poets to turn on me?

 

Words - shifting sands - rolling stones

shadows cast by meatless bones

memory’s nostalgic noose

tormenting the bottled goose.

 

Three shelled game – poet as pea

always writing – never free

ink stained apron – wordplay runes

clandestine nom de plumes.

 

The pen sits mute atop the truth

expressed beneath its tip

manipulated poetic pawn

lost amid a coming dawn

 

Thrusting blindly at the night

stalking shadows in the light

scratching words in sand, on stone

for his poems he cannot own.

 

 

 

John G. Lawless

©6/17/2017

 

 

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Date: 6/19/2017 12:59:00 AM
This is a wonderful poem, John:)
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:38:00 PM
Beautiful
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:26:00 PM
I see a lot in your poem, john. And I suppose it is very true that you cannot own a poem. We have all heard the old saying that the pen is mightier than the sword, but tell me, if I show you a picture of Linda, and tell you this is Linda, did I lie? I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day. Life is finally good for me, spending time with my son and granddaughter, while it was over100 degrees in the valley, we took that 30 minute drive and went up to Mount Rose and played in the snow! It was such a good time for all of us! Love and hugs, Catie =)
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Date: 6/17/2017 8:23:00 PM
? :) Like the subject
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6/18/2018 Helping Hands Haikuchildhood,friendship,
6/18/2018 VENT-RILOQUIST Rhymehumor,voice,
6/16/2018 False Dawn Free versesummer,sun,
6/16/2018 Night Stalker 13 Free verseconfusion,dream,sleep,
6/16/2018 WHAT IS PRAYER Free verseprayer,
6/13/2018 Scrapped Book Versefamily,self,technology,
6/7/2018 Just Another Foulmouthed Saint Free verseage,dad,grandfather,wisdo
6/6/2018 one too many Free versewar,
6/5/2018 haibun - A Wake Upon Time's Surface Haibunanimal,water,wind,
5/31/2018 Wingless Flight Free versemetaphor,
5/30/2018 Monoku Monokuwords,
5/29/2018 Forgiveness feels like a rotted grave Free versedark,forgiveness,
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5/22/2018 haiku coo-coo Senryuhumor,
5/21/2018 This Gathering of Words Free versepoetry,words,writing,
5/19/2018 SPLASH Senryuchildren,rain,
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5/17/2018 Curse of Godless Demons Versedark,death,
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5/8/2018 Music Box Memory Free verseage,love,soulmate,
5/7/2018 Her Lingering Touch Free versebetrayal,wisdom,
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5/6/2018 Sniff, Bang, Chirp, Court, Hug - A RANT Versenight,sleep,
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5/3/2018 a few haiku - and a senryu Haikuhumor,nature,
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4/29/2018 Death, Where Are You Rhymedeath,grief,lost love,
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4/26/2018 KARMA Acrosticdeath,life,
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4/23/2018 'haiku' Haikuhumanity,
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