A quandary.

I enjoy reading and writing short poems.

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I know: “Poetry is a dead art.” or something to that effect. Obviously, this is not true since every song we listen to is a poem, and some read better than they sound.

But, more to my point, should I feel guilty putting a short poem behind a paywall? Does an ounce of beauty or reflection equal a pound of data on how to be successful? There are poems of others that I don’t really relate to and I don’t expect that everything I write is generally accepted.

Does an ounce of beauty or reflection equal a pound of data on how to be successful?

So much depends on what we look for and what we wish to see. I look to poetry in much the same way that I look to nature. Nature and poetry make me a part of the cosmos.

Yes, I read some of the listicles and how-to’s and habit based articles, and am satisfied by some of them. There is a relatability and a je ne sais quoi to the best articles which makes the data and feelings accessible. But, isn’t that the essence of all poetry and indeed all good writing?

More to the point, if I write:

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hummingbirds

have moved south

woodpeckers are left to

sip at the feeders

Is that worth your time and applause?

I will always write. I must express the joy and wonder that I sense in the world around me. The present and past are a part of me and there is a glorious future to be chronicled in the dreams and moments.

Any feedback is very welcome. Thank you.

Poet. Philosopher. A sense of Humor. 60 years ago I rode the winds at the top of a tall cottonwood. Buy me a coffee @ https://ko-fi.com/danasanford

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