“The price is high. The reward is great.” Maya Angelou
What qualifies as poetry?
The poetic greats:
Auden, Thomas, Bronte,
as per the constructive critics,
forming a lyrical and metrical marvel,
composition disciplined and classical in nature,
speaking of rustic, picturesque idealism,
unspoiled, pastoral charm
bestowing visions of spirit and sanctity,
teaching us to revere the godliness
inherent in every brute, bush and bud.
Lessons of hardship, penitence,
observations of the ordinary
transforming, now extraordinary.
Are these epic predecessors
the real deal?
Still considered the trailblazers
of poetic enlightenment?
How about the daring devils of RAP and Hip Hop?
Dr. Dre, Eminem, Tupac?
controversial to some,
disgusting, appalling to others,
revered and respected by many more,
vocalizing their misogynistic methods,
verbalizing the ways of the warrior,
the one on the streets,
forming motley crews:
a dissonant cluster,
disagreeing with the status quo,
a cacophonous, clashing, astringent
letting us all know who is boss.
Quarrels and conundrums,
they rhapsodize about
female allurement, entrapment,
weapons as wardship,
their own unapologetically
crude, coarse oratory.
A modern definition of poetry?
A final suggestion:
Bob Dylan, could he be the one true idol?
Delicate dualities and falsehoods a refuge
from the truth which he abhorred,
Oedipus sought the truth and it killed him.
Dylan swearing not to follow in his footsteps,
never betraying his desire to remain unknown,
shapeshifting his way through mazes of
The floodgates have opened:
definitions of poetry taking on new expressions;
numbered lists, texts and song lyrics included.
What is your definition of poetry?
My poetry is simple:
Not allowing my inner light to dim,
Keeping my lantern bright to guide the
way on my quest.
Shining the light on the telling of
Truths which demand to be told
no matter the price or the peril.