Poem share thread


#1

Please feel welcome to share your favorite poems with the community here :slight_smile:

“A butterfly rests upon a temple bell” (translated from Japanese). -Boson

When he awoke, Chuang Tzu became confused,

“Am I a Man”, he thought,
“who dreamed that I was a butterfly?
Or am I butterfly, dreaming that I am a man?
Perhaps my whole waking life is
but a moment in a butterfly’s dream!.
This is a story of transformation”

last weeks haiku from my journal:

listening to wind
accost pine and fir boughs
sheltered in my home.


#2

I write a bunch of poetry. here is one I wrote recently. I have a difficult time naming them. I’ve never taken a class or workshop… once upon a time I had racing thoughts that sort of resembled poetry and it was like I was writing it for hours at a time in my head. :slight_smile: I guess that counts as a lot of practice at my own unorthodox (perhaps?) brand. I’m trying to steer away from darkness in my writing. for some reason dark things kept popping up and I don’t want them there. Okay, enough chatter. Here is a poem.

jamboree on the jubilee
the listless turned away from saturnineness and sallied forth towards jubilation

rocking lonely in rooms became rocking together in crowds
everyone rocketed up and faced the day with a fair serving of gumption

the dance was the true swift way to heaven
and we all sought that fabled place with fervor

I was not dashing or daring or madcap
I was not a pariah but I had my jaunty spirit

she stood waiting patiently for me to arrive at a sensible point of view
we went forward hand in hand to erase all winsome lugubrious yesterdays

the intensity of the years spent under the thumb of chemicals
the bad food that perhaps never earned that name

all went out the window like a bird no longer trapped
and the flight was serene to the extreme

far away the ribald stood foolish and bold but easily forgotten
the nazis all went mute in our dreams

the champions mustered the power
laughed together and clinched the most vital victory of them all

we wore a flag sporting words more than an omen
in bright colors: heart full of love

for sisters and brothers
for life


Sometimes I pretend everyone is my friend, sometimes I pretend I wrote a few classic rock songs. This is pure goodness. One of my faves, for real for real.

Bargain - The Who

I’d gladly lose me to find you
I’d gladly give up all I had
To find you I’d suffer anything and be glad

I’d pay any price just to get you
I’d work all my life and I will
To win you I’d stand naked, stoned and stabbed

I’d call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I’d gladly lose me to find you
I’d gladly give up all I got
To catch you I’m gonna run and never stop

I’d pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I’m gonna drown an unsung man

I’d call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I sit looking 'round
I look at my face in the mirror
I know I’m worth nothing without you
And like one and one don’t make two
One and one make one
And I’m looking for that free ride to me
I’m looking for you

I’d gladly lose me to find you
I’d gladly give up all I got
To catch you I’m gonna run and never stop

I’d pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I’m gonna drown an unsung man

I’d call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had