to you dear poets

by hiraeth   Aug 14, 2017


your verses are stringed together
like faerie-lights.
childishly, i trace the wire,
admiring each shining word,
wondering where the roots
of your poem came from:

are your soils nutrient rich,
and by that I mean,
are your words beautiful
because they managed
to germinate in the nooks
and crannies of the palms
of your hands that managed
to stay soft in a callous world?

is it because your tongue
was coated in syrup from
birth, so every stirring word
that rises from your chest
swirls in honey, exiting you
with purpose and poise?

or is it because when you took
your first breath,
the air was inundated with poetry,
scarring your tiny lungs
to breathe poems all the time?

is that why i can spend hours
listening to your heart beating?

is that why I can see poems
gently (sometimes violently)
birthing in the
irises of your eyes?

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  • 2 months ago

    by Em

    to you dear poets by hiraeth points: 7
    Mark has this way of writing that's unique and very profound but which resonates with the best of us here on this site which is why I couldn't overlook this poem when reading it without giving it the recognition it deserved. We can all relate to this poem on where our poetry originates from - did we start writing to help someone through their pain because we've known pain all our lives, did we write because poetry is 'in our blood', do we write for fun or is it because poetry is the only help we ourselves have or is it just because in English class we read a poem that we thought "wow I wish I could write like that one day" too. Mark says it all but in a much better way than I ever could.

  • 2 months ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Judging comment

    "To You Dear Poets" By Hiraeth 4 points

    I found this to be a rather beautiful poem that captivated me completely from the outset.
    That it is an acknowledgement of the work of others is lovely gesture but this is not the reason for my vote.

    I gains my vote due to its structure and flow, also because of the colourful and wonderful visuals contained within.

    Thank you for the smiles (4)

  • 4 months ago

    by Britt

    Judging comment: This is the stuff. I wish I had words and I so desperately want to give this poem the proper comment but every time I pick apart and piece through, I only feel like I can 'breathe'. An ode to fellow poets, those of us who get one another even if we truly don't, in that longing desire and understanding. The nooks and crannies of the palms - so tender and gentle yet fierce. I loved every single bit of this poem, and hope it gets highlighted on the front page for everyone to see. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

  • 4 months ago

    by Justen Smith

    Absolutely love this. I'm lost for words which is Ironic.

  • 5 months ago

    by Lemon Squeezy

    This is a well crafted poem! Most definitely deserving of the win that it earned! Incredible job!!

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