doug bentley


A Canadian's Poem (1) - Poem by doug bentley

and what, after all,
was so wrong
with simple rhyme

and quaint folk
ballads of love?


have poets often
not been first
burst to spot

shape still forming from ground

dipped diamond-tipped pens
in pools of time

stirring up
currents of insights

that grew, in course
of time to waves?


do we not
compose,

solely for handfuls
of loyal listeners

bubblings up wellsprings,
words

meant merely to delight
and entertain the mind

moving heart to very muscle?


but what have all these labours
by we self-confessed saviours,

the 'unacknowledged legislators
of the world'*
produced?

a laugh or two?

maybe even a few
bucks on the side?

a moment's pride?

lifetimes
brain-busting
heart-burst ing
outpourings

measuring,
on balance,

about a penny each?


yet still poets
ply trade
reporting,

as is calling,
pivot points of day-

so what can
such a minute
band of misfits,

forever at odds
with every era

do but
lift up
unheard voices

on behalf of
voiceless humanity?


*Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Defence of Poetry; 1821


Comments about A Canadian's Poem (1) by doug bentley

  • Bronze Star - 2,956 Points Ken E Hall (7/28/2014 5:55:00 AM)

    Original look at poetry penned very interesting to read would make the Canadian snow melt... do but lift up
    unheard voices well done Doug I hear you...regards (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rookie - 340 Points Captain Cur (5/7/2013 6:53:00 PM)

    We write for ourselves and as such
    we write for humanity. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,256 Points Valsa George (4/1/2013 12:37:00 AM)

    As poets, I think iIt is our self undertaken task' 'to delight and entertain the mind! Stirring up currents of insights, that grow into waves, dipping diamond tipped pens in pools of time! Beautiful expressions and a beautiful poem! Thanks for your encouraging comment on my poem- Evening Breeze! (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 12, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 3, 2014


[Hata Bildir]