What is Poetry?

What is Poetry?

Poetry is a six-letter word,

the equivalent of one and a half swear words,

or six indefinite articles.

There is no ‘I’ in poetry

(not the way I spell it)

and it ends in ‘try’.

There is a ‘Y’ at the very end,

but that questioning letter

just leads to an unanswerable conundrum,

wrapped up in an enigma,

and cooked on a low heat

for a million years.

.

Poetry is…

but, why?

There is no reason,

not always a rhyme,

and time after time,

we shake our heads

and dismiss the words

that amuse us not

with their allusions,

and their alliterations,

and their… other poetic devices.

.

Poetry is…

was…

and always will be –

let that be a comfort to you,

as you fill your blowpipe with Morning Dew.

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