Apology For Poetry

Some say that people
who like poetry
live in a rarefied world
populated with pretty words
and impractical thoughts
and naivete.

Yet, who among us
have to be told that a great deal
of life is drudgery and routine,
that there are bills to be paid,
that there are people who
do not wish us well.

People who love poems
know that a simple arrangement
of words will not re-arrange the world;
that ideals are sometimes
never achieved
and that simply putting
suffering into words
will not abolish it.

We poetry-lovers
do not need to be reminded
that the world is not always
turtle-doves and red roses,
but the sublime
and the magnificent
are also just as real
as the mundane.

by Sonny Rainshine

Comments (9)

so like Sidney another Apology...but a very good one...as Matthew Arnold says...poetry is criticism of life...with its fine substance and sublime style.....so poets are more sensitive...well composed, liked it too much.
Will, thank you for your kind comments about my poems. I just had to read this one you wrote. Yes. Why is it do you think that when events are too hard, too sad, too momentous, and all other words fail...the world and the TV turns to poetry. I have seen it happen so many times. Everyone on poemhunter who is serious, knows exactly why. Try my poem NIGHT LIBRARY for your amusement. Val
'It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.' -Wm. Carlos Williams, from 'Asphodel, That Greeny Flower'
Very true, and well said! I'm looking forward to reading some more of your insight... Thom
And you have submited this so well, we can look forward with brighter eyes, Love Duncan x
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