Laureled Lives

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

This was my first effort (of several subsequent works) at a sincere paean to those who took time (and pains) to facilitate understanding, be heard and to offer testament of their times, perceptions and priorities. Poets, you come from honorable and noble stock...

Laureled Lives  (Poets Strive)


They wrote; they wrote and died

the death reserved for life.

Autobiographic thought

of passionate embraces and dream-songs

of their Sylvia's and Jenny's,

their Robert's and their God.

Funny people who starved to succor.

Odd people, insane of vision;

melancholy, jolly, proud, lucky.  People.

Their works now speak for quiescent hands and voices.

Ah, you stilled great souls, now papered flesh, now never silent.

Works?  Nay, masterpieces often;

statements ever; of the histories, the tragedies,

the idle and fanciful whimsical fancies.

Observant verse, relative mind-prints of hate or hope,

lust or humor.  Youth.  Age.  Nature.

Metered rhyme that were their heartbeats,

and words their blood.  Some sang as their blood sang,

and some bled.

Not the poets' laurel for all, oh no.

Passed, some did, anon--or worse, unheard.

Worse than trash, unheard ( Emily's motives excepted).

Not the briefest fungus of a leaf, or the real glory

of one smile, tear of understanding, satisfaction.

Yet they wrote; wrote and died.

Having found new tongues to speak of treasured things

Immortality could rest at the compromise.

And History and Literature and Life

one by one by one cry:  "Who speaks for this poet-man?"

"Who gives testimony for she who was a poetess?"

And the poem sparkled and spake:  "I do, Bub!"

And H.L.L. sayeth:"We can add no more."

And Death rumbled:  "No more may I take."

And the living weep and laugh and thrill and grin and wonder,

and are stirred.



by Steven P. Pody

Excerpted from 'The Panoptikon'

Submitted: February 05, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Steven P. Pody. All rights reserved.

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