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John Samuel Tieman: The Art

To honor Lawrence Ferlinghetti on his 96th birthday, I send along this poem about poems.

i

I’ve never written a poem
that said what I meant

one means as much as shrapnel
one means as little as ink

ii

I wish I had wisdom
instead I have lines

silent as a blackboard in summer
loud as a siren heading this way

iii

I’ve never known a poem
to stay where I left it

a prisoner climbing a fence
a landing light in the sky

copyright 2015 John Samuel Tieman

2 comments on “John Samuel Tieman: The Art

  1. Luz Vega-Hidalgo
    July 14, 2015

    What a beautiful poem, I love the contrast of images, through it’s images it shows what sometimes cannot be explained/goes beyond words. Such as,

    ” I wish I had wisdom
    instead I have lines

    silent as a blackboard in summer
    loud as a siren heading this way”

    POWERFUL!

    Like

  2. jfrobb
    July 14, 2015

    I’ve just forwarded this to friends. A good way to start the day. Thanks.

    Like

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