Poetry For Our Time

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. -Novalis

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     Go home and write
      A page tonight.
      And let that page come out of you —
      Then it will be true

      Search deep into your soul,
      Through your thoughts and your goals.
      Write something you know is True —
      And don’t be afraid of what makes you YOU.

Silence.
28 pairs of wide eyes looking up at me.

“Are you serious?
I thought we were reading a poem today and answering questions.”

I’m serious.  You can do this.  

Silence. 
28 pairs of wide eyes looking up at me.

“Can’t you just tell us the answer?
My head hurts.”

Can I tell you the answer to your soul?
No!
And it should be your heart hurting,
not your head.
So, go home and write
A page tonight.
Write something you know is True — 
And don’t be afraid of what makes you YOU.

The next day,
all 28 pairs of wide eyes
file in, take their seats, and wait
in silence
for me to collect their papers.  

“Miss, I searched into my soul last night
and it was HARD.
I had to like, think.
About myself.
And I tried.  Hard.  And I wrote…
something.
But it doesn’t make sense.”

How rare it is for one’s soul
to make sense.
The sense is in your head, not
your soul, your heart.

Which makes me wonder, what
were you thinking about?
When I told you to look into your soul,
why did you start thinking

instead of feeling?

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Written by Ashley

February 2, 2009 at 2:13 am

Posted in Poem, Uncategorized

4 Responses

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  1. See, I knew it wouldn’t suck! It seems like maybe it could be a good slam poem though

    arstal2

    February 2, 2009 at 2:44 am

  2. You’re too kind.

    I think my next poem might be a haiku. Is that cheating? 🙂

    crazyenglishteacher

    February 2, 2009 at 3:39 am

  3. haiku is so cheating!

    this one was really good!
    don’t ruin it with haiku 😛

    saraj2300

    February 2, 2009 at 4:03 am

  4. haha it depends on if youre using the haiku to get out of writting a real poem or if youre writting a gooden

    arstal2

    February 2, 2009 at 4:09 am


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