Ours, Poetica

November 10, 2005

Imagine, were it possible to see
a world where every object was expressed
as reference to another, every tree
a metaphor, and every one addressed

by “rose” or “poem” or “ancient crooked man”.
If poetry existed as a state
of being, we could live it rather than
depend upon the poet to create

a world of imagery and fertile thought.
What would we call this world of which we dream?
Poetica her name and yet would not
her very same existence make it seem

that Poetry itself would be a sham?
A feeble, mild attempt to call to mind
a state of grace, perfection in the land,
then every single poet could remind

his reader that the work is more than metrical.
You find your own expressed as “ours, Poetica.”

For the next Poetry Carnival.


  1. I like this. It shows a great deal of perspective– a good quality for a poet to have.

  2. Thanks Billy! It was fun to write, and fun to envision…

  3. i enjoyed visiting!

  4. I like how you put in perspective the audience’s responsibility to see poetry for it’s “bones” even if it isn’t metrical. Yet, you did a nice job of doing so yourself. I really enjoy reading your other post as well. I’m putting a link on my blog!

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  6. Daniel,
    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I am glad you left it, as now I have found your site. Beautiful work! I will be adding a link to it from mine, if you don’t mind.

  7. Daniel, this is thoughtful and playful. It allows the reader to question what poetry is on his own. Well done.

  8. Nice Daniel, very nice

  9. I enjoyed this very much!

  10. The idea of everything existing in its state of imagery is wonderfully fanciful. Your form reminds me of a sonnet, especially with the last two ‘punchy’ lines – tying it all together so neatly. Smooth rhyme and rhythm too – a pleasure to read and read out loud.

  11. Thank you so much for your comment and thoughts… I was aiming for a sonnet feel, even if it is 18 lines, so I am glad you picked up on that!

    And the idea of being metrical while commenting that poetry needs to be more than just meter and rhyme was a fun challenge.

    Thanks again for the comment!

  12. Very nice- the ease with which you rhymed is shown by the fact it wasn’t until the second stanza that I realised you were! It’s surprising how similar the views on poetry held by the Poetry Carnivallers are, despite the wide variation in their preferred styles and subjects.

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