The definition of POETRY according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is as follows:
po-et-ry noun \ˈpō-ə-trē, -i-trē\
- a: metrical writing: verse
b: the productions of a poet: poems
- writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.
- a: something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression
b: poetic quality or aspect ¹
I was asked – back in 2002 – what I thought of poetry and what poetry meant to me, and I responded with a poem. I have never made this poem public until now.
“Poetry to Me”
(My maiden name)
It is not words on a paper
It is not letters or figures
It can not be written or drawn
It can not be heard or spoken
It is a touch of a friend
It is a smile of a mentor
It is a kiss of a lover
It is a heart beating
No understanding is needed
No mind is needed as well
Only a heart to feel
Only a soul to fly on
© GMDG 2002
The poem still resonates in me with a few changes. *smile* I do find it interesting that I thought that way about poetry at that age.
As the first poem to be published on Short Stack Story Time, I think it’s a good way to start Story Time: Poetry.
¹”Poetry.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetry>.