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NaPoWriMo April 3rd

April 4, 2013

napo2013button2I went to a poetry reading tonight.  I was going to read but didn’t feel that I had anything worth contributing.  It’s fascinating listening to other peoples poetry.  You don’t just get the words but get the author, the human that created the words, the viewpoint, the experience.  You also get the performance.  You get their nervousness, their polished performance, the fact their reciting new works for the first time or words that are as familiar to them as they are to me.  Most interestingly you get the person centered in their world, whether they are occupying it or watching others from the side lines.  I was fortunate enough to chat to some of the poets and performers afterwards (or even afterwords) to find out motivations and the people behind the writing.  The first line of my poem is my encapsulation of what one of the poets said to me and the rest just followed on.  I’ve not edited it, I just wrote it and let it stand as it is.  I hope you like it.

Poetry reading


is there a finite constellation of me

that each thought outpoured

lessens me.

Or am I infinitely capable

of producing thoughts

words, emotions

that I can feel?

I will feel up to the point

where I no longer am

and then it will stop

rightly so.

If I live beyond my death

in words contained

by ink on pages

or in databases

of digitised emotion

then so be it

but I’ll be beyond communication

so I best pour out myself now

whilst I can hit keys

and hold a pen

and if it finds connection

in this world of communication

which seeks to join

inasmuch as it separates,

then I will have put some form

of thumbprint

on the mauled history of the world

and can say that I was in it

and played some part

whatever my significance

to those beyond myself.



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