Monday, March 19, 2012

Open Link Monday: poets are...


are pirates

we take everything—
one’s look
and one’s smile
and the way that one sings,
one’s gestures,
one’s postures,
the sound of one’s laugh

and none sees us take it
like a flash photograph,

but take it we will,
absorb it, distill
it, until
we’ve made it our own

and the essence
of personhood
shines in a poem

Posted for
Open Link Monday
at the writers' group


Daydreamertoo said...

Yes, we poets do tend to capture moments exactly like a photographer captures a picture and, if we are lucky, we can transfer them into pictures in words.
Lovely. Great photographs too.

Abin Chakraborty said...

very true Kay.we are like empty vessels waiting for others' thoughts/emotions to fill our minds.

Anonymous said...

I never thought of seeing poets this a way, I "suck" everything around me to write ~

Happy day to you~


Marian said...

poets are pirates!!! arrggh, i'm totally taking that on today. and tomorrow. maybe forever! thanks, kay :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

How very well you describe a poet's art. We are pirates.. I like that about us.. a band of cut-throat robbers, and pilferers of other people's stuff.

Helen said...

You expressed in this poem what I ponder - often. How much of the poetry I read comes from a place deep inside the writer. No matter the subject, the prompt ... I know mine does. The essence of personhood. Pirates all!

Susie Clevenger said...

I love your description of what we poets do.. :)

Mama Zen said...

Kay, this is just wonderful! So true!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I love that pirate idea! Can I steal it? hee hee! Just kidding!

Anonymous said...

Kay, you have captured the essence of poetic license - and of poetry writing... I love it!

Mystic_Mom said...

How cool...poets as pirates. Very true! Nicely written.

Heaven said...

I never thought of poets are pirates before...very creative ~

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Good poem, and so true, too!

Kim Nelson said...

Like teachers and artists of every ilk, all the world is ours for the taking, remaking, sharing, comparing. Lucky us!

Fireblossom said...

Yes, we are sneaky like that!

Jenn Jilks said...

How delightful! This is much fun.
I've been too busy outside to write much, despite your inspiration...

Greetings from Cottage Country!

shawnacy said...

mhm... just. like. that.
absorb, fiddle, spit it out through your own teeth, in the shape of your own internal organs.

Mary Mansfield said...

What a fun poem! And shiver me timbers, I'm quite happy to be a pirate :) Now, where did I put that bottle of rum?

Margaret said...

Poets are pirates... this is an AMAZING idea! I really enjoyed this.