Sunday, September 26, 2021

poetry lesson #9

Diane di Prima - "Rant" (Revolutionary Letters, 1971)

pencil sketch by dsnake1

poetry lesson #9
() on matters of poetry

two colleagues had a fist fight the other day.
and then amicably went out for coffee together.

there is a word for that, mixed martial arts.

i thought i saw you in a bus the other day.
that girl must be spooked, the way i looked.

there are no ghosts in the day, i am told.

i see a darting dragonfly in the rushes today.
it is a helicopter in vietnam in a past life.

how can you explain the way it skims the waters?

there are dirty dishes in the sink to wash.
and after that i will really think of poetry.

the baby cries, is she thinking of poetry too?

there is no reason why you cannot write.
why you couldn't at least freaking try.

afraid people laugh at your poetry? read mine!


SiM -- The Sound of Breath

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Rommy said...

To a poet, everything is subject, from the humble and ordinary to the profound and tragic. It's not quite walking around with rose colored glasses, but it does give us some interesting perspectives to consider.

27 September, 2021 00:11  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Your end line made me smile. Luv the scarcastic mood.
Happy you dropped by my blog


27 September, 2021 02:52  
Blogger Margaret said...

To embrace life and our efforts - even when we are still learning, is to be joyful, positive, open.

27 September, 2021 07:07  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

After reading this, I might never be able to think of mixed martial arts without giggling.

27 September, 2021 07:53  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you for your comment!
Art is subjective, but the poet must always try to tell the truth. (read somewhere.) :)


thank you!
glad you like the sarcasm. :D


Thank you!
you words are so true. :)

27 September, 2021 09:30  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Magaly, thank you!
it's true, it really happened at my workplace a long time ago. punches and kicks were exchanged, and then they went out for coffee together. :)

27 September, 2021 09:33  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I only laugh at your poetry when you mean me to, LOL.

27 September, 2021 15:59  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Rosemary!

27 September, 2021 17:13  
Blogger Helen said...

Wonderful poetic snippets and another great sketch!!!!

27 September, 2021 23:38  
Blogger Debi Swim said...

"i see a darting dragonfly in the rushes today.
it is a helicopter in vietnam in a past life.

how can you explain the way it skims the waters?" ...........Oh, my that is powerful.

28 September, 2021 01:31  
Blogger phillip woodruff (jalopy dreams) said...

i loved every line of this... ezcept the last line =). i definitely do not think your poetry is laughable. i especially liked this image:

"i see a darting dragonfly in the rushes today.
it is a helicopter in vietnam in a past life."

really enjoyed this dnake, very well written

28 September, 2021 08:05  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
glad you like the sketch. :)


Thank you!
I like those lines too. :)


Thank you!
the poetry i am referring to are those 'rants' that were written when i started on poetry.
i guess it wasn't very clear though :)

28 September, 2021 11:37  
Blogger jossina said...

I liked the way you made a sarcastic presentation of truth.

03 October, 2021 22:14  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Jossina! :)

03 October, 2021 22:23  

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