Michael Philips


A Proverb of Evolution


The group was delightful.
We read poetry to each other
(not our own, for God sake) and ate dinner.

Over months, the dinner talks
pushed up against the reading time.
Some of it was highly personal
and the discussions stretched out
and the poetry time suffered
even as the emotion intensified.

Finally, only a few poems were read
as a formality before the invasive species
of personal triumphs and tragedies
took their place on the throne.
Our meetings became therapy sessions.

One time, someone mentioned
a spectacular investment they had made.
Everyone was full of wonder
like amateur astronomers.
The next dinner there was more
investment talk, especially real estate.

Finally, there was not much time
for any serious therapy and our dinners
took on the intensity of bank heist planning.

One evening, someone showed up
with what they said was an Italian proverb:
“All things start out as poetry and end up as real estate.”
We all laughed knowingly,
and someone began to recite a poem
until they were shouted down.

Submitted: Monday, September 25, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

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?

Comments about this poem (A Proverb of Evolution by Michael Philips )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie Anna Russell (9/25/2006 4:13:00 PM)

    This is a hugely enjoyable, original poem. I can just picture it as a cult indie movie (or maybe that's just me) .10+++
    Hugs
    Anna xxx (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Mona Lisa Canvas, Gilbert Ortega
  2. Passion Play, Gilbert Ortega
  3. The Gatekeeper part 2 (In memory of Edga.., Gilbert Ortega
  4. AGAINST FORGETTING, George Dee Vuy
  5. The Gatekeeper part 1 (In memory of Edga.., Gilbert Ortega
  6. For Jennifer, Gilbert Ortega
  7. Gilded Thorns, Gilbert Ortega
  8. Journey of death, ramesh rai
  9. Green cypress hills…, Mark Heathcote
  10. Ο χορός των Ερινύων, Elena Ioannou
[Hata Bildir]