Well, here is my opinion...
Poetry is divided between verse and prose. So if someone writes verse is poetry. If someone writes prose is poetry. You should see some mathematical proofs, those are poetry. Specially, because of how those proofs moved and excite the mathematicians.
Huhmm sorry I forgot where I was going with the above comment. I was going to make a point but it slipped out of my thoughts.
“Be kind and shine your light on those
Whose poetry has turned to prose.”
^^ these lines prompted my comment about poetry being verse and prose.
Loved this from start to to finish. My interpretation of this poem is that in all but the last stanza is portrayed a figure who is lonely through lost love, whose existence seems pointless it describes his pain and in the last stanza is a plea for no matter who you are to consider and be kind to those who through lost love have suffered to such a degree that they have found life's poetic beauty reduced to naught but mundane sentences (prose)
Oh Ben, this hit right in the gut, a lovely message at the end of the poem which says "you don't know what others are going through so be kind always.."
This morning I nipped in the bakery shop and got an homeless veteran a bacon sarnie and coffee.. He as ever so thankful x x
This man has lost something great in his life, not only the lost love. He forgot that prose may be meaningful as well. And when poetry turns to prose it’s not demoted the content may be more raw.
Also the title “Poetry to Prose”, made me see a side maybe hidden, or a different kind of interpretation. Which is a life that had lost balance.
One last thing, it seems poetry did not turn to prose for you.