On Writing Poetry

by Peter Notehelfer
Johannes Itten all-art.org

                    Johannes Itten all-art.org

We write
not so as to move
other minds toward passion
not so as to remove mountains
or to fill the seas with dark tears
We write in response to the knock
on our spirit’s door at midnight
by a guest who we cannot see
a light sheathed in shadow
a guest we know
by heart

“Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.” ~ Howard Nemerov

12 Comments to “On Writing Poetry”

  1. Hi Peter, wonderful poem as usual.

  2. Thank you, Harry . . . Did you split the poem in the middle or is that something I did?

  3. Very nice!! so very , very true!

  4. Total synergy here. Wonderful write.

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