Richard Lackman

(Philadelphia)

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A Poet's Shame


I set out to write this poem and I had a simple plan.
I'd avoid all things prosaic and I'd do the best I can
To optimize the content and the grammar and the rhyme
And of course I'd tell a story that would echo for all time

I thought about the subject and the role the hero played
But when I penned the verses then I saw the hero fade
I read my lines and wondered if all poets had the same
Misunderstanding with the words and felt a poet's shame

I struggled with my concept and the form the poem took
Yet I doubt that you will ever see this poem in a book
For only I can understand the effort and the time
And a parent's love responsible for each and every line

And so like children poems cause you happiness and pride
Or conversely they cause torment as you quiver deep inside
And yet I do still write them and some I think are fine
But some are just so terrible I wish they weren't mine.

Submitted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Edited: Friday, May 04, 2012

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/6/2014 1:31:00 AM)

    The poem itself is very hearty and understandable and itself is nice and beautiful from such a great mind who might have several occasions of helplessness of human life. Really expect more, through poems and likes to be an asset to the reader's club. Thank you doctor. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (5/5/2014 5:38:00 AM)

    Excellently written and so true that poems feel like they are the childrenof poets, some are fine but some we wish weren't ours. This one is so brilliant I wished it was mine. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (5/5/2014 3:34:00 AM)

    Well, poems are expressions of inner-self. Whichever way you expressed yourself, it's left for others to judge, no condemnation. (Report) Reply

  • Adeline Foster (8/16/2013 1:24:00 PM)

    So many Poet's efforts come to mind as I read this that my comments are morphing as I read. Robert Service, A E Housman. And of course some of my own. How about mine - Who am I -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (9/4/2012 8:58:00 PM)

    Fantastic metaphor of poetry as a child and some are truly terrible for me I wish I could just delet them -but they were part of me somehow. Wonderful, thought -provoking and inspiring write, brilliant form and flow. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (5/7/2012 12:37:00 AM)

    Hey, Richard, I liked this poem a lot...the problem you have discussed is faced by every poet. I have included this poem in the list of my favorite poems... (Report) Reply

  • Latisha Barker (5/6/2012 7:07:00 PM)

    I really like this poem and can completely relate. I think you are an awesome poet. Sometimes, in other people's poetry, the words go over my head and i don't quite get what they are trying to say. I really like your style, very straightforward and easy to comprehend. (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (5/6/2012 6:17:00 AM)

    I love this one, Richard. You are one poet who does not need to feel shame. Just great!

    Hugs,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

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