Lyric Fire: A Poet’s Sigh

A Poet’s Sigh…

 

more than just a breath of air or an exasperated expression

it’s an emotional wind gust, a scream with words

tribal vibrations triggered by images created

with delicate hands that have been washed in rough water

 

a deep well of feeling

harnessed by lyrical potions

made by mixologists of limericks and language lords

 

every deed whether dirty or clean can be seen from afar

by life’s documentarians

we snap mental pictures and expose their truths

in dark rooms only illuminated by poetic light

 

carrying the weight of all that is good and evil

helps to build, stretch and strengthen the body of our many works

 

things that escape the view of others

hit us square in the jaw

bruising our sensibilities

and then healing them in an instant

 

just like salve, our creations can protect

and help heal but also like acid

they can break down and destroy hidden notions

 

take cover and beware when a poet sighs

a storm is brewing in the mind

that will make a thunderclap and rain on pages

breathe deeply

stand tall

 

and

 

be

 

the

 

poetry

 

you

 

wish

 

to

 

read

© 2011 – 2014, TamekaMullins. All rights reserved.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Nov 16, 2011 | Posted by in Blog, Tamstarz Poetry | 26 comments

Comments (26 Responses)

  1. Irene says:

    A piece of poetry dedicated to the art of poetry. Well-done, Tameka! 🙂

  2. Thanks for your comment Irene! I am filled up with poetry today!

  3. rimly says:

    Wow! I loved the the last line …be the poetry you want to read. It is all from the heart, that is what poetry is all about. A great poem!

  4. PORTIA says:

    oh, so powerful! It should be made today’s poets’ anthem!! GREAT!!
    -PORTIA

  5. Hi Portia and Rimly! I knew you guys could relate to this as you are walking poetry! Have a beautiful day! THANKS!

  6. I like the images…
    “delicate hands washed in rough water”…
    The 2nd stanza is powerful too…
    But then again, they all are!
    Kudos!

  7. Thanks Debra! I love writing about poetry!

  8. Andy says:

    Hello Tameka.
    Only a poet can understand the depths of what you have written. This is DIVINE…straight from the heart of a poet.
    I read a few months ago that poetry is a dead art. It’s thanks to faithful poets like you, me & all the other poets who keep entertaining us with their magical words that poetry will continue to have a voice.
    Thank you for this wonderful piece of writing.
    Thanks also for visiting. I appreciate the comment.
    http://mypoetcharm.blogspot.com/2011/11/raining-flowers-upon-you.html

  9. Pamela says:

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
    “take cover and beware when a poet sighs
    a storm is brewing in the mind
    that will make a thunderclap and rain on pages
    breathe deeply
    stand tall”

  10. Andy, such wonderful words! Thank you! Poetry will never die, especially when it resides within you and I! 😉

  11. Pamela, thanks for your comment! Glad you liked the verses!

  12. Damn! I loved it…ask the poet in me! Thanks fr ths one Tam!
    Love
    Mani

  13. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor….Very well written Tameka,thank God your page opened or else I would have missed out on something so beautiful.

  14. jan says:

    Well said, If only I were a poet, alas,it is not my gift. yours though is beautiful.

  15. this is the definition of an artist:
    “things that escape the view of others
    hit us square in the jaw
    bruising our sensibilities
    and then healing them in an instant”
    powerful words. indeed, beware when a poet sighs …

  16. @Mani – I knew you would like this one Miss Poetess!
    @Alpana – Very true indeed. The things we care the most about we will excel at. Thanks for your kind words!
    @Jan Thanks Jan, your gift of writing is gorgeous!
    @Linda I think I want to get some buttons or t-shirts with this saying. What do you think? Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  17. we snap mental pictures and capture their truths
    in dark rooms only illuminated by poetic light….Tameka, your words pack quite a punch, loved your poem. It’s a writer’s delight.

  18. Nelieta says:

    My eye just caught the writing on your page: “Your pen should always burn the page.” Wow, just love that. Great poem!

  19. Blognostics says:

    You are a true poet!
    BlogNostics team!

  20. Thanks Blognostics and Nelieta! Appreciate the visit!

  21. Adriene says:

    So much in one sigh, but I think that describes who we are as poets perfectly! Brava!

  22. Thanks Sweepy! You know poets can be long winded!
    😉

  23. geeta says:

    mind blowing superb 🙂

  24. Prosenjeet says:

    Ah what a powerful statement you made with this poem of yours. Just suits the tag line ‘Your pen should always burn the page’ perfectly though its technically keystrokes that created this 😀

  25. Thanks so much for visiting Prosenjeet! Your presence is appreciated!

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