Writing a Poem

Image The Poet's Wife (yellow) rose against a black background, with the caption: The poet has the power of words and where they go.

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.


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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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