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  Poet's Lament
by Alan Cook
Monday, April 23, 2012
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There are more poets in the world than there are people who read poetry. What can we do about it?


A poet lives a sad and lonely life.
Her days and nights are filled with grief and strife.
But as you know, when all is done and said,
this tumult just exists inside her head.
She labors hard for many nights and days,
with metaphors to turn a pretty phrase.
But what of poems—does anybody heed them?
There are more poets than the folks who read them.
The modern world has too much competition.
Who wants to read a full-blown composition?
Truncated thoughts are sent through phones with texting.
Distractions fill our lives in forms like sexting
and YouTube’s videos of stupid tricks.
Success today has been reduced to clicks.
The literary poems of Robert Frost
in our fast-spinning world are almost lost.
And great slant-rhymers of the past like Emily
are buried deep along with every simile.
We poets must accept the world that is,
and make our poems short and full of fizz.
We’ll use a style that sings and stings and zips,
and tattoo verses to each reader’s lips.


Alan Cook, Mystery and walking writer

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Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Well crafted insightful reflections!
Reviewed by Amor Sabor
Excellent poem about poets and their children (poetry). I believe the ones who call themselves poets and do not read poetry cannot possibly be poets nor counted as such, therefore it cannot be that more people are poets than there are people who read poetry. We are poets because we read not just one poet but many in order to write as a reflection of what we read.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
So true. But there is another group. I get googled all the time from students who are looking for a poem to turn in for class. Or they want me to “explain” a poem for them. Thievery is the highest form of flattery, isn't it?

Reviewed by Ed Matlack
And in the end, who reads what we write, but maybe other poets who may or may not know it...e
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