What Is A Poem?

What is a poem?
Is it a child running free without a care in the world,
With no idea of the tough times ahead.
What is a poem?
Is it bumping into someone in the street and knowing instantly that you love them,
But will probably never see them again.
What is a poem?
Is it a woman giving birth for the first time going through all that pain,
And still loving that beautiful baby in a way in which only another mother can understand.
What is a poem?
Is it experiencing the tsunami in person,
While other people watch it in their homes on the news.
What is a poem?
Is it discovering that an apple will always fall down when droped,
Is it asking why does it fell down when dropped.
What is a poem?
Is it dying and knowing that the person you once loved and touched is underground,
Is it knowing that someday you will also die.
What is a poem?
Its all of the above and many more besides,
And being able to express it in a way that others will be able to associate with.
All of this is a poem.

by Laura Cummings

Comments (9)

The poem is a multi-dimensional probe about what a poem is. It is much more than one can comprehend. A quote: What is a poem? Is it experiencing the tsunami in person,
A simple message so well conveyed
..............very nicely done...and congratulations on member poem....great job! ★
Literature is mirror of the society, a critic and a guide. The days art for art have gone, now art is for life. A wonderful poem.
Lovely poem on a poem...Indeed a poem is all this and more; it is all about being what we are: human beings.
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