Sometimes

Charlotte Cohen 1987 (London)



Sometimes a shorter poem speaks best...
on justice,
power,
and
unrest.
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Written on July 07, 2021

Submitted by Soulwriter on April 06, 2023

Modified on April 25, 2023

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Scheme ABCDA
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Characters 70
Words 14
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 5

Charlotte Cohen

Charlotte is a born teacher, lifelong learner and lover of all things literary. She considers herself an amateur poet and believes that all should have the chance to compose...whether it be art, music, or poetry! more…

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12 Comments
  • smahalanobis2008
    It's simply brilliant. What amazing simplicity!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • ritchiechelle
    Beautiful in its simplicity. A perfect example of less saying more.
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • MaxwellBurchett
    Yes, sometimes best. Although more difficult. But you've done it here. Kudos! Max
    LikeReply 13 months ago
  • Caliconine
    Yes, I love short poems, with big messages. Thank you for sharing. Write On
    LikeReply 13 months ago
  • melissak.k1970
    The poem’s concise nature drives home the weight of topics like justice and unrest with impactful brevity. Its simplicity is a testament to the idea that sometimes less is more when expressing complex themes. Nice work! 
    LikeReply 23 months ago
  • dcoad
    Less is more. I know what you mean. Nice work.
    LikeReply 15 months ago
  • Charles2
    i imagine... this to be a spark from the mind/experience. A beginning/kindling to an open ended exploration of who we are at heart ...to impel the reader to grasp the idea and let it flow.
    LikeReply 16 months ago
  • Vixility
    I feel like this poem rings true and immediately enjoyed it. The line breaks after the ellipsis were well chosen (something free verse writers often seem to have difficulty with), and I like how the poet ties the end-rhyme of the first line (best) with the last word of the poem (unrest): a subtle but powerful way to conclude her piece.

    I also appreciate the poet's allusion to some of the most tragically important aspects of human existence: how true justice falls into the hands of a power-hungry collective which invariably results in unrest (my take on the poem's suggestion).

    As to the poem's brevity: who has the authority, really, to judge it as a viable piece or not? I would challenge anyone to begin by defining what poetry is first (and make no mistakes, that is not easy), and only then to critique the work above.

    Ezra Pound's short poem, "In a Station of the Metro", is highly recognized for its brevity, and is famous:

    "The apparition of these faces in the crowd:
    Petals on a wet, black bough."

    Condense the poem "Sometimes" into a similar couplet-like expression and tell me why it is less poetical:

    "Sometimes a shorter poem speaks best...
    on justice, power, and unrest."

    Yeah, this is a really good poem, and I salute the poet's creative perspective.
     
    LikeReply 16 months ago
  • cokerrogers
    True
    LikeReply 28 months ago
  • dougb.19255
    Fewer the words. The more suggestive? Not.
    LikeReply9 months ago
  • dougb.19255
    Do not just title it. Detail it. Speak your heart. Sorry to say that I find Haiku-like poetry un-appealing. Might as well just have stayed home. Other entries from you do demonstrate how you do have the goods. Go back to that Charlotte. 
    LikeReply 19 months ago
  • baways
    I agree
    LikeReply 19 months ago

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