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Thoughts on Poetry

Poetry is like a woman in the simplest dress.

Poetry's cousins (prose, fiction, dissertation, etc.) require adornment,

whereas poetry is like a woman who puts on a mass of jewelry,

and then one by one

removes each piece

until she is wearing only

a singular sliver of gold or silver.

Poetry likes sparsity

but is not afraid of complexity.

Poetry is like breath,


but quiet in a room full of chatter.

Poetry is prayer,

poetry is a friend in darkness,

poetry is a beacon of light,



◄ Shadows

Late At Night ►


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Fri 22nd Sep 2023 14:48

Really good Hélène, I like your thinking very much.

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Michael Morales

Fri 22nd Sep 2023 00:50

Masterful work! helene the way you metaphorically spoke about poetry as a woman was wonderful also just like i taught you words you did the same for me i learned the word sparsity.. you inspire me and i want you to know you have made an impact on the wol community i look forward to your future poems

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 21st Sep 2023 16:52

This poem is fine and perceptive, Hélène.

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Thu 21st Sep 2023 00:54

Thanks Manish for introducing me to the poetry of Charles Bukowski ("a poem is a city"). I am really enjoying reading his poems on line. He takes the mundane and makes it funny, with lots of wisdom.

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Wed 20th Sep 2023 23:25

Thanks all for your encouragement. Much appreciated! I had alot of fun writing a poem about poetry and am so grateful to have a community of poets to share with.

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R A Porter

Wed 20th Sep 2023 22:52

Beautiful in its brevity, depth & wisdom - we should all resolve to be sparser!

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 20th Sep 2023 22:25

Excellent analogy Helene! Less is always more. Never waste a word.
Well done good work. G

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keith jeffries

Wed 20th Sep 2023 18:21

Helene you have excelled yourself with this poem. The allegory is perfect. Poetry is prayer and poetry is sparsity stand out for me as hitting the nail on the head. Very well done.
Thank you,

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John Gilbert Ellis

Wed 20th Sep 2023 09:56

Great stuff! Captures poetry with brevity.

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Manish Singh Rajput

Wed 20th Sep 2023 04:58

I loved your version of poetry, Helena!
Besides, Charles Bukowski's version i.e. "a poem is a city", I think this one's my new favorite now.
Thank you for this.

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