To a poet …

I have met you, Poet,
in the candour of your words.
You shared your fears
your hopes and  your crushed dreams
with me.

I haven’t really met you –
yet I know you
without seeing-
you are who you seem to be.

You reveal yourself, Poet,
in your kaleidoscopic vision:
A human being ;
shaken, just like me,
when the trap-doors of the mind
spring closed
and darkness reigns.

Poet of all poets,
I remember your lines
that glitter
and illuminate ;
a grace
no blinded soul disdains .

Poet of all poets,
I have met you in the spring
by the hedgerows,
and the meadows
and  by cold tombs in late evening.

Shakespeare,
While your spirit glides upon the tongue
like nectar for the bee ..
there is ‘a bank whereon the wild thyme blows
and oxlips and the nodding violet grows’ –
And, Poet of all poets,  a  sweet refuge  there for me ….

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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6 Responses to To a poet …

  1. Another great poem. I particularly like this one because I have always felt you can learn more about a person from observing their art than having a conversation with them. Also, who doesn’t love Shakespeare? XD

    Btw in your final stanza the lines “While your spirit glides upon the tongue/ like nectar for the bee ..” are so beautiful and creative. I’m extremely impressed.

  2. atomsofstars says:

    Gosh! Thank you again … imagine having a conversation with ‘Our Will’ 🙂 I’d be tongue-tied ….

    I don’t quite know what to say about such a compliment except thank you. I’m just delighted to know that you enjoyed these lines.

  3. To be a poet and told of these words…

    Great piece.

  4. atomsofstars says:

    Hello Little MHS … thank you very much indeed.

    Welcome to my blog .. thank you for calling in and taking the time to comment so kindly on these lines. I appreciate it very much.

  5. Shermeen says:

    Poets are amazing people, they can bring to life what the rest of humanity merely feels. This is such a super poem, ‘atom’ 🙂

  6. atomsofstars says:

    I’m so glad you like these lines, Shermeen … I don’t quite know how I had the temerity to address the Bard so informally 🙂

    Thank you very much. I quite like being ‘atom’ .. it puts me in my miniscule place 🙂

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