Kim Barney


Poetry Heaven - Poem by Kim Barney

Last night I went to bed at eleven
And dreamed I went to Poetry Heaven.
Keeper of the Gate was not Saint Peter
But Robert Frost - - hey, what could be sweeter?

The first person I saw up there
was sitting in a golden chair.
It was my good friend, Hank Beuning,
And a golden guitar he was tuning.

Hank, I said, I've known you for years.
We've had some laughs, we've had some tears,
And I never knew you played the guitar!
He said, well, I don't, at least not so far,
But I've got lots of time with little to do
So I thought I might try to learn something new.

I walked a little farther in
And saw my new friend Mandolyn...
playing on her... violin.

And there's my friend, Maddalena Biela
with her husband, he's a handsome fella.

Udiah was there with Heather Burns
And they were sitting, taking turns
Writing the words to their new poem,
Their collaborative, classic poem about love
And it went like this:

love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love

I marveled at their poem and all the words on it
And said, They've written a LOVELY sonnet!

Then whom should I meet next?
Why, it was James McLain,
Just reading some old text
And he could not refrain
from asking himself
- -Is it poetry?

Mr. Spock was there with his pointy ears
But he said he hadn't seen Kirk for years.

Argentine Tango was eating a mango.
She's a person, you know, and not just a dance,
And so pretty you cannot resist just a glance.

Bull Hawking - - I asked him if he was Steven's Cousin
And he assured me that he wasn't.

As I went on, continuing my walk,
I met the Electric Lady, and she gave me quite a shock.

Then there was Valsa George; I spoke to her with ease.
(Does she know her name means 'Waltz' in Portuguese?)

There was E Nigma, Ima Ryma and Gajanan,
Deep Dark Soul Poet and RoseAnne,
Sandra and Lawrence and even Noreen
And a whole bunch of others that I had never seen.

I walked a little more,
Then suddenly I was lost,
And there I was again
In front of Robert Frost.

I said, Say, I wonder, can you answer me one thing?
Why haven't I seen Poe or Shakespeare or Browning?
He said, Oh, you won't find them here
In this part of Poetry Heaven.
This is just the Poem Hunter wing!

Then he said I hate to tell you this,
But there's been a big mistake.
It seems that here you don't belong!

... Then I was wide awake.

Topic(s) of this poem: humor

Form: Ballad


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A light-hearted look at some of the members I have met on Poem Hunter.

31 January 2015
Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil

Comments about Poetry Heaven by Kim Barney

  • Aileen Figueroa Aileen Figueroa (1/17/2016 8:08:00 AM)

    I want to go there some day. I love the thought of having time to learn and create. I am 51 years old and just this week I thought of learning the guitar, but no time. I love your heavy;-) (Report) Reply

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  • Darlan M Cunha Darlan M Cunha (1/10/2016 4:48:00 AM)

    Amazing, solidary poem [But I've got lots of time with little to do
    So I thought I might try to learn something new.[...]

    Congratulations. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti Abdulrazak Aralimatti (1/2/2016 3:25:00 AM)

    Verily, a fine tribute to PH and its poets. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (12/20/2015 10:38:00 AM)

    While reading your poem I ignored the dish being cooked knowing fully it would mess up the dish. Some thing I rarely do! Specially if it is made to share as an offering to God. If I go to hell for it it would be your poem's fault! ! ! (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (12/21/2015 7:01:00 PM)

    Sorry, Savita. If you go to hell for it, we'll send somebody down to bring you up to poetry heaven!

  • John Brown John Brown (12/17/2015 12:56:00 PM)

    An unusual poem. I quite like it though. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (12/13/2015 4:28:00 PM)

    ...............amazing, amazing, amazing :) ★ (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (12/11/2015 2:57:00 AM)

    A great poem Sir! In the world of poetry, there is no end to the imagery you can create. You have weaved a fascinating tale of the poets that you have met and encountered in heaven and in your awesome dream.
    A heavenly poem that i truly enjoyed. Even a full 10 is not enough. It is 10++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (12/6/2015 8:53:00 PM)

    I know this place! I've been there too, except it was WALLACE STEVENS who was guarding the gates, but he was very liberal - when I recited his poem THE LAST SOLILOQUY OF THE INTERIOR PARAMOUR he gave me a deluxe heavenly apartment; when I recited his very last line of poetry - THE BIRD'S FIRE-FANGLED FEATHERS DANGLE DOWN - he gave me the keys to the kingdom. I bet R. Frost didn't even give you the time of eternity, right? You and I know the same saints: Sarah, Valsa, Magdalena, RoseAnn, E. Nigma, Mandolyn (alas, she abandoned PH): and others are in disguise: Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, D. H. Lawrence, E. A. Poe,
    Shh! They want to be anonymous. (Report) Reply

  • James Joseph James Joseph (11/22/2015 12:18:00 PM)

    Very creative, great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Shahin Latif Shahin Latif (11/8/2015 12:27:00 PM)

    I like this poem. I enjoyed it. So, Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Wes Vogler Wes Vogler (11/5/2015 8:30:00 PM)

    I am about to be entertained by reading more of your work. Envy me, all, for I have just discovered this clown.
    I dare you to tell me your very own favourite (written by you) (Report) Reply

  • Loke Kok Yee (9/25/2015 1:27:00 PM)

    Now I know exactly where to go whenever I have the blues,
    To Barney's site and there I'll browse his poem to peruse.-10 (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sud Russia Liza Sud Russia (9/24/2015 1:24:00 PM)

    enjoyed a lot your fantastic story! (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope Pamela Sinicrope (9/7/2015 4:22:00 PM)

    Cute....Fun... Clever...
    Endeavor
    To plan a party in heaven
    That could last
    4evet! (Report) Reply

  • Bill Cantrell Bill Cantrell (9/5/2015 9:33:00 AM)

    I love a unique poem with the clever unfolding of thought, And a ride where quick turns throw the passengers back and forth with excitement. Well done Kim. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra Gajanan Mishra (8/17/2015 8:25:00 AM)

    wonderful really, I am grateful.. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti Abdulrazak Aralimatti (8/12/2015 9:44:00 PM)

    Wish you were asleep for a little longer and could see me at some poet's feet.
    It's a tribute to PH. (Report) Reply

  • Alexandro Johns Alexandro Johns (8/11/2015 10:23:00 PM)

    Felicitaciones. Así se crean realidades poéticas. Enorme inspiración sobre lo cotidiano. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Johnston Brian Johnston (8/9/2015 9:45:00 AM)

    Well I do think Bri Edwards protests too much, but he is an extravagant guy. Clever poem and nice to see some of my favorite poets recognized as well. Keep up the good work! (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad Akhtar Jawad (8/1/2015 10:56:00 PM)

    Enjoyed this beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 29, 2015


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