A Good Poem

December 23, 2012 § 4 Comments


A good poem’s like an old and tattered shirt
It’s seen its fair share of wear and smeared with dirt
Through zenith, nadir, neutral, good and bad
It’s ignorant of trend and cool and fad
Each day it fits more snugly on your skin
Like a cocoon you wrap yourself within

Old tattered shirt, poem, poetry, sonnet

Familiar, like the voice of your beloved
As tender as the touch of your beloved
It will not castigate you nor chastise
Berate or reprimand or moralize
For great poems are instructive but not pushy
Replete with real emotion but not mushy
A good poem stays good like dead pharaohs’ honey
and ain’t the sort of thing you buy with money.


poem, poetry, sonnet, handwritten, original

Handwritten original

© 12/20/2012, Joshua Owens


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