How Can You Trust a Poet?
Li Po, China’s greatest poet.
Li Po was very drunk.
He tried to capture
his moonlit reflection
in the lake
They say he wanted to bring
another Li Po
out of that reflection
so that his verse
and his new self’s verse
would combine to conquer China.
How can you trust a poet when he will do anything,
break any rule, to bring more beauty into this world?
© ChairmanWow 2023
He was having fun. People don’t always like that, ask any alcoholic.
Very good summary of old Li. Cool guy and poetry
I think all of us who write are somehow thought of as “off” by those who don’t. Thanks for the comment G.
ask any ancient Greek, never trust a poet, they were very suspicious of poets…
That tells you a lot, right there. There is power in poetry, a power of description, so easy for abuse if the truth be known.
You can always trust a poet to bring more beauty into this world.
That’s the thing, isn’t it? Poets are necessary when you live in a world of constant rot and rebirth.
Don’t trust until you verify.
Nice one CW. And as to poets, are they not the oldest truth tellers? I put my occupation down as ‘versifier, apprentice poet’.
Thanks Dodgem. I think you are correct, poets go way back. Probably all the way back to the cave painters thirty thousand years ago.
Surely. The shamans would have had them entranced around the fire, as they called up the animals for the hunt.