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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.

When is a poem not a poem

Blog Posted:5/29/2020 9:08:00 AM


When is poem not a poem

I ask this question wherever I roam

A vagrant poet without a home

Writing my poems on asphalt with stone

Scratching my poem

With the edges of me

Poetic expression to set me free

I watch as it fades

Over time, wind and rain

Erasing the poem but never the pain

And thus does the poem

Give me my reply

A poem is a poem

Until it is not

A part of your soul

A thread of your thought





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Date: 6/21/2020 1:51:00 PM
John, you -- yes you -- and this poem and most all of your poems are a true inspiration to me to keep going. Thanks! ~ Once pahked my cah in Hahvahd Squeah! Take care, Gershon
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Date: 6/14/2020 10:43:00 PM
Indisputable logic, John.
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Date: 6/13/2020 12:33:00 AM
Poetic expression to set me free....well expressive... If poetic theme cannot set free the mind spontaneously them poem gets struck there.....
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Date: 6/2/2020 3:23:00 AM
Poem has to become thread of your thought--well said and beautiful simple write. Best. Mohan
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Date: 5/31/2020 3:01:00 AM
Very well written, John. I seldom, if ever, care much for poems about poetry, but this is a very definite exception. Great write.
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Date: 5/30/2020 8:19:00 PM
This was a fantastic poetic post you gave us. Love this!!
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Date: 5/30/2020 3:18:00 AM
Yes John ...never written...always best said
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John lawless
Date: 5/30/2020 10:18:00 AM
Hey Brian, always nice to hear from you,.appreciate the visit
Date: 5/29/2020 2:11:00 PM
Beautiful expression. And I agree whether it be paper, asphalt, brick, or carved in a tree. A poem is not the words that are written but the heart in its expression. Anyone can jot a few bits of scribble, but it takes a poet to express them. It will always remain in your heart. ( or Soul) Blessings my friend
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JC Hawkens
Date: 5/31/2020 3:21:00 AM
Such a beautiful sentiment, my friend.
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John lawless
Date: 5/30/2020 10:15:00 AM
Thanks for stopping by JC. I think A poem is the spirit of the poet streaking naked across the moment
Date: 5/29/2020 1:17:00 PM
Nicely done, John, I enjoyed this thoroughly, and needed a pick-me-up today, (as the world waxes chaotic). Keep up the great work - blessings!
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Lawrence Sharp
Date: 5/31/2020 2:57:00 AM
The world waxes chaotic ? I've never heard that before... great wordsmithery right there, Greg, it's a phrase that deserves to catch on.
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John lawless
Date: 5/30/2020 10:11:00 AM
I have always dreaded those chaotic waxings.....not as Painful as some other waxings ....glad the poem gave you a lift
Date: 5/29/2020 10:04:00 AM
When is poem not a poem * words that do not rhyme with your soul * an empty recipient unable to contain a pain * a pen that can't follow the rhythm of your rain * a lost language while trying your heart to translate * a dry stream, your thirst, would never sate.. * A poem, a gem of rarity.. a well of wealth.. a voice of pain.. a joy of mind.. a sealer of wound.. a rose of love.. a piece of thought.. a brush in the hands of Art.. a chirp of a bird.. a music of the Self.. A poem that would please a poet dwells in the beauty of our thoughts, visions, aspirations. that longing to reach that perfect and sweetest of creations! I liked the depths of your thoughts and feels! I enjoyed the read, John
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John lawless
Date: 5/30/2020 10:08:00 AM
WOW, Besma, this is a comment to make the poet blush and poem shiver. Thank you for u so much for stopping to read and comment.

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