Song of Songs

….poetry has broad shoulders; stands square
on two feet ready to work; has open arms and big meaty hands,
and will gladly hold you in the embrace of kindness.

poetry slouches in the corner chair during the party,
ambivalent to being noticed or not being noticed.

poetry is the latino on the bus, his intricately braided hair
hanging over the back of the seat, who you wanted to photograph;
but asking meant making poetry self-aware
and losing the moment. poetry was both the man and moment. later,
much later, poetry showed up in a woman’s smile: the woman,
walking toward you on a downtown street, all motion of
hair and hips, breasts and skirt hem, acknowledging in your stare,
what she already understands is her beautiful presence.

poetry is self-aware through the eyes of it’s object.

poetry is the bright blue of awareness; poetry is
black slate of mystery through which travel the lumens,
long extinguished stars only now reaching your questioning eyes;

poetry never was, never will be.
poetry survives.

poetry is in the art of an angel on her knees in grief
holding your star which fell from the sky waiting for you;
poetry says act now, this may be a limited time offer.

poetry is the question in God’s mind, “Who Am I?” And Poetry told
Gustavo Adolfo Béquer to answer, and he wrote:
“¿Qué es poesía? dices mientras claves
en mi pupila tu pupila azul.
¡Qué es poesía! ¿Y tú me lo preguntas?
Poesía….Eres tú.”;

you are poetry.

©ken roome

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Re-upping this in honor of poetry month.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 3 years ago

    I heard someone was missing you, and I’m sure will be glad you’re back.

  • Thank you Tori. I’m very glad to be here.

    – kenroome

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinalmost 3 years ago

    I ADORE this writing….your words delicately touch a very special place inside me.

  • Thank you Christine for leaving this lovely comment. “the distant star encourages, quietly on your side.”

    – kenroome

  • annamora
    annamoraalmost 3 years ago

    wow .. this a very beautiful love song indeed :)

  • Thank you Anna,… a love song, lovely.

    – kenroome

  • tinhearts
    tinheartsalmost 3 years ago

    Oh you know poetry well!
    Excellent write!!

  • Thank you, a wonderful thing for a person to hear. Thank you for reading, I appreciate it.

    – kenroome

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago
  • Thank you so much Guenda. Poetry loves you!

    – kenroome

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonalmost 3 years ago

    this is wonderful Ken!! such a lovely homage to poetry! great work!!

  • Thank you for reading. Very kind comment, thanks.

    – kenroome

  • evon ski
    evon skiover 2 years ago

    I soooo LOVED this, really read with such joy and a nod again and again. Totally de LITE full.

  • Thanks so much for the 3 layer smile. Much appreciated. :))))

    – kenroome

  • sandra .
    sandra .over 2 years ago

    You got it right, Ken, you are poetry- poetry is life in motion.
    How did I miss this ‘beauty’ ?
    Sandra x

  • It’s like the first entry after I quit and came back, so now it’s old. Thanks for reading it. You’re a dear.

    – kenroome

  • AnLile
    AnLileover 2 years ago

    Oh so beautiful Ken. xox

  • Thanks so much AnLile. A treasured one.

    – kenroome

  • ronholiday
    ronholidayabout 2 years ago

    Awesome writing, ken! I was impressed by your intro page so continued to browse.. This one gets a favorite for sure. I like the thought process, word choice & Spanish ending.. Felicidades & Aloha from Hawaii! /~

  • Wow, thank you ron! Really appreciate the browse and the time in commenting.

    – kenroome

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