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The True Poem

May 19, 2014
By ClaireM. ELITE, Albany, New York
ClaireM. ELITE, Albany, New York
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The poet tries
with her words
to create something new
something hitherto unconsidered,
unthought, unspoken
She rakes the dirt for language
that is inimitable and rare
Fighting her way out of
prosaic platitudes
Searching deliriously for
a sharp-edged jolt of ingenuity
that will
awaken and inflame
In this great pursuit of something
to say,
she overcompensates,
birthing a few stanzas
of exaggerated hogwash that inspire
more dismay than satisfaction
Out the window
her poem goes
A crumpled little ball of melodrama
and stale cliché
Then the poet sits in silence
smoldering with displeasure
wanting nothing more than
to finally write something that
It is when, radiant with disappointment,
she relinquishes her fantasy of excellence
that the true
poem begins
With rosy wings and
eyes like screaming bullets
it sails forth to proclaim
to declare
to profess without apology
or contrition
the wildest truths of her
It is out of this realm of
deflation and defeat that
true originality is bred
Just a murmur at first, just a glint,
but listen, listen as
it swells into an exquisite roar
Watch, watch as it rises
from the decay of the past
to flare
in a new light

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