Poetry is an art form that gets very little respect. It's short, maybe it rhymes or maybe it doesn't and it doesn't really have to mean anything. How hard is it to write a short thing that many not even rhyme and doesn't have to mean anything?
Yet those who write poetry well engage in the use of language at a level of skill and talent that those who write prose can only aspire.
Poetry is easy to make fun of. For example take this segment from the classic animated TV show Animaniacs, a bit called Dot's Poetry Corner.
The problem is that most people are compelled to poetry at the most extreme of human emotions.
Take this work of emotional dreck written by yours truly during one of my emotional downturns. (Kids, if you're supposed to take your crazy meds every day, take your crazy meds every day.)
I mean, really, what the hell? Was I wearing all black with a beret and dark glasses while pondering soulfully into a grey wind swept vista of a cold winter's day? No, of course not. I do not own a beret.
But yeah, that was in a very dark place. However, right now, with the brain chemicals sloshing about in a fairly tranquil and even balance, I am absolutely stuck to come up with even a naughty limerick.
In March, I reached deep into my inner Suess to come up with this little poetic gem for my 1 year anniversary blog post:
Nothing like channeling non-sensical vibes of Dr. Seuss to come up with a light and perky little work of poetry, eh?
Ultimately the pinnacle poetic achievement
for me has always been Robert Frost. I copied this poem in a post about 8 or 9 months ago. I don't feel like looking for it to set up a link so I'll just post it here. My favorite Frost poem, Once By The Pacific.
Powerful stuff yet not overwrought. There's a clear sense of imagery and a strong urgency in the text. Stuff like that, I wish I could do.
So I'm putting on my lab coat and firing up the Bunsen burners 'cause I'm going to start experimenting with poetry.
May God have mercy on us all.
Until next time, be good to one another.
I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You