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January 30, 2023

Poetry Speaks Best

By Rajnish Mishra

Poetry speaks best

Let's talk about dissection in poetry.
The form is easy to dissect, fix and copy.
Fixed on dissection trays with pins,
or kept in formaldehyde filled jars for
future dissections, it's dead. Heart does not beat
in there; blood does not run in those veins.
That's not the poetry I will talk about.
Mine is poetry alive,
heart beating, and blood pumping.
Simple, stupid, simply
stupid or stupidly simple?

Let's talk about deception in poetry.
The theme is easy to wear like a coat.
Wear the right theme at the right time,
and place, be politically correct, send it
to the right places, meet the right people.
Yes, it's deception
through poetry or
poetry as deception.

Let's talk about imagination in poetry,
Yes, let's talk about poetry that's
honest, spirit fresh, soul clean.
Should there be any need to call
Any other thing poetry?

Why talk about poetry at all.
Poetry speaks best for itself.
Let it speak.

Article © Rajnish Mishra. All rights reserved.
Published on 2018-04-02
Image(s) © Sand Pilarski. All rights reserved.
2 Reader Comments
Linda Imbler
05:08:14 PM
This is brilliant, Rajnish! I love "deception in poetry." "Wear the theme like a coat." Way cool!
Rajnish Mishra
03:04:09 PM
Thanks Linda Imbler
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