No Cigar



You can’t teach poetry pro forma
it’s the effort of a fool
You can’t gain sagacity from a book
or by the golden rule

You can’t be what you haven’t lived
the safety net misleads
You can’t bleed with another’s blood
transfused each phrase deceives

The dance floor or the balcony
true seekers get to choose
And write those words their pain has forged
—that dilettantes misuse

(Dreamsleep: April, 2023)
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Submitted by KurtPhilipBehm on April 08, 2023

Modified by KurtPhilipBehm on April 08, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA XBXB XCXC X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 418
Words 73
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 1

Kurt Philip Behm

Longtime writer with twelve books in publication. Three of them Poetry. : The Death Of The Playground : The Sword Of Ichiban : Searching For Crazy Horse : Darkening Sun : An Anthology Of Perception-Vol's 1 & 2 : After Midnight : Sammy And Bumpers : The Fall City Mandate : Revenge Along The War Trail : Death from The Sky more…

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  • ZMosa
    "You can’t bleed with another’s blood" this line is a poem by itself.
    Amazing
    LikeReply1 year ago

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