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.

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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,161 Points Bharati Nayak (3/28/2015 11:31:00 AM)

    Lovely and, funny poem and a great tribute to Poem Hunter and its poets who make it a heaven.Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
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  • Freshman - 935 Points Damian Murphy (3/25/2015 1:50:00 PM)

    fantastic imagination and very well written. made me smile (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,665 Points Brian Stafford (3/24/2015 5:58:00 PM)

    very interesting, well done! congrats on getting poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,634 Points Savita Tyagi (3/24/2015 5:37:00 PM)

    That is one fun poem to read. So glad it was on front page otherwise I wouldn't have found it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 26,624 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/24/2015 10:08:00 AM)

    There the tips of amusement in the poem and the lovely poem really enjoyed. well done. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,542 Points Bill Cantrell (3/24/2015 6:26:00 AM)

    Wow, a very creative and fun poem to read, I love that you included the many wonderful poets in this work, I see we have the same taste in poets my friend. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 20,475 Points Valsa George (2/24/2015 7:55:00 AM)

    This is a very amusing write Kim, with a touch of satire! Yes, Robert Frost should belong to an upper circle, not to poem hunter! It is for amateur poets like us! Enjoyed! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,680 Points Noreen Carden (2/23/2015 10:54:00 AM)

    I am very honoured to be mentioned in your lovely poem Kim.I love the poem wouldn't it be nice if there was a special section in heaven for p h poets. Well done enjoyed reading (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,020 Points Clarence Prince (2/22/2015 3:34:00 PM)

    Nice read, well done!
    Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,644 Points Michael Mcparland (2/15/2015 5:11:00 AM)

    This was a really wonderful poem and tribute to the art and so many of the friends and poets you respect on here. Excellent piece. I really liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,070 Points Sandra Feldman (2/14/2015 3:34:00 PM)

    You're poem made so many poets and readers happy.
    Now, go out and change the world, we need you! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,719 Points Electric Lady (2/12/2015 11:14:00 AM)

    Hey Kim. Thanks for mentioning me in this gorgeous poem. I enjoyed this very much. You are so sweet and kind. Keep writing too. This poem is heaven. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,244 Points Hazel Durham (2/12/2015 8:22:00 AM)

    Great poem with a creative and light hearted observations of poemhunter members, I really enjoyed this beautiful write! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 687 Points Magdalena Biela (2/12/2015 4:49:00 AM)

    Dearest friend, you built quite a symbiosis of Talent, Humour, Grace (to quote Sandra!) and I found myself smiling while reading :) ! Thank you in the name of my name and my husband's! He gave me the Biela name, I was simply Magdalena :) . I love the photo you attached, it looks like il camino de Santiago...beautiful...You are wonderfully gifted! (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 13,220 Points Kim Barney (2/12/2015 6:01:00 AM)

    The photo is actually of the Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro here in Brazil.
    Thank you for the kind comment.

  • Bronze Star - 2,489 Points Ken E Hall (2/1/2015 7:13:00 AM)

    Clever look at poetry in heaven with lots of stars the poem had a beginning middle and a great ending of a dream...thanks and regards (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 13,220 Points Kim Barney (2/12/2015 6:03:00 AM)

    Thank you, Ken, for the comment.

  • Gold Star - 14,070 Points Sandra Feldman (1/31/2015 8:41:00 PM)

    Gorgeous picture. What beauty.
    Whoever or whatever made this World did a good job.
    (It certainly was not us.) (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 13,220 Points Kim Barney (2/12/2015 6:05:00 AM)

    Thank you, Sandra. I have actually been lucky enough to stand at the foot of that statue and have my picture taken there. It's a great place to stand and look out over the wonderful scenery.

  • Gold Star - 14,070 Points Sandra Feldman (1/31/2015 8:36:00 PM)

    You're poem really put a smile on my face
    It was done with such Talent, Humor and Grace! ! !

    Thank you in name of your future lucky audience and for All mentioned.
    The poem is FANTASTIC! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,075 Points Mandolyn ... (1/31/2015 7:54:00 PM)

    very cool! thank you, kim! :)) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 29, 2015


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