How do you define poetry? It could be summed up simply as a mix of words with metre, rhythm and rhyme, but that’s not always the case. I think of it as layered thoughts, slant storytelling, with a musicality that’s either deliberate or unsought. One of the joys of poetry is the rich variety that exists.
My latest poem describes the way poetry behaves by imagining it acting like a lens, a prism through which we see life and understand thoughts. It might look distorted sometimes, indistinct even, because each poem connects in a different way with every reader.
Yet the shaft of poetry’s luminous rays can offer insight, hope, joy and grace to others. My hope and prayer is that I can connect heart to heart with the words I share, and I hope you’ll get something out of this poem.
Creation of prisms Poetry is the creation of prisms reflecting the light inside, refracting each single word that flies arrow-like, rainbow-bright, to hit its intended target, splintering apart as each paper plane dives deep down, weaving through the path of an open, receptive heart. Poetry can miss the mark, become unintelligible to others, those who fail to discern each line’s vitality, the secret messages it speaks into being, a dart of thought to the soul, a tiny glint of light delivered in morse code. Poetry is a vital, living thing, an entity that speaks a universe of thoughts in differing tongues to different people tasked with translating it, or simply sitting with a piece, comprehending its worth in the presence of mystery. © joylenton
I’ve defined poetry in various ways over the years. It’s an elusive art to pin down easily, speaking as it does to mind and heart. One description can be found on my ‘Why poetry joy?’ page. I’m intrigued by the varying perspectives and would love you to share your definitions/descriptions too. Perhaps, like mine, they alter depending on what season of life you are in and what speaks to you most. 🙂 ❤