Writing a Poem
Poem by Iris Carden
You can write a poem give it structure and rhyme but maybe you don't want to so you don't. You can give it a rhythm that rolls off the tongue, that makes the words feel like they should be sung. Or you can abandon structure, rhythm, and rhyme, and let your mind just go chasing a random idea. Then you write a rambling, ambling, occasionally scrambling, mindlessly meandering, unguided, unplanned, totally out of hand, getting harder to understand, undirected, disconnected, oh there's a cat, stream-of-consciousness vomit. You can distill wisdom into short and simple words. You can obfuscate stupidity with grandiloquent, obscure terms. You can bend language like a prism bends the light. You can inspire dreams, give imagination flight. The poet has the power of words and where they go. But if it's any good, only the reader knows.