My True Poem

Poetry means many different things to many people.
This is what poetry is from my own personal perspective, your’s may be different.
Plenty room for all. 😉


Poetry expresses what lies within,
fearing neither ridicule nor scorn.
Un-leashing emotions too vibrant
 to be contained beneath a sterile facade.

To dive so deeply into the psyche
and refuse come up for air
until the treasure is retrieved.

Deflect the blows of mediocrity
or those who would surreptitiously
steal the sun from my strangled sky.

To risk all to bring a shining shard
of inner light to darkness…
by laying my carcass in mid-day heat
for carrion prey.
In great distress I retrieved my diary,
blurred ink, mildewed and useless,
 from my cellar.

All those years…
Then I saw,
in blinding illumination
My life has been my truest poem.


© stormwolf 2020
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Yes, I agree, Alison, each life has all the variations, all the richness, to be a multifaceted poem of epic proportions, and in fact, all the pieces we write, are but reflective and revealing sequences of this long journey, with some more directly presented than others. Poetry differs, as you say, from journal report by bravely laying the emotional core bare, but only if the writer is able to first reach down into innermost self and then as honestly and accurately as possible express the unabridged, or uncompromised, truth he/she finds there. The guiding light is probably the emotional feel… Read more »


It’s funny Alison, we’re both singing from the same hymn sheet with regard to honesty and bravery when searching the root source for inspiration, and even with wanting to convey what we find further on to others. The difference is, your hymn sheet was written in indelible ink, mine in pencil, but it hasn’t stopped us retaining mutual respect for these different points of departure bequeathed to us. I used to think that even atheists were “evangelical” in their need to present and promote their views to others too, as most of us like to discuss topics and test then… Read more »


Amazing write Alison, verses three and four particularly resonate with me as it has taken me a long time to find confidence in my writing.
It’s a very in depth thoughtful piece drawing me in and making me really think about why we write. Sue.


Ahhh…..there you go HaHa! You never disappoint Alison. There are those who dare and those who follow the trodden path. Warts and all is always so refreshingly honest, but then you always were. You know I don’t a.ways understand you, but I will always love your work. Your honesty with me and my work is why I’m here.
Mike XxX

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