Ode to Poetry

Hints of Lowell
echoes of Auden
from Plath a touch
of the neo-maudlin –
on the embers of poets
who flamed in years past
I walk with scorched feet.

Deeply have I delved
into this lustrous genre,
marrying sound and sense
without artistic preference,
taking the first corner rather
than pursue a muted sunset
down a long prairie corridor.

A delicate facility develops,
a trust in what is taking place,
a pleasing shape on the page
evidence of genuine inspiration,
confidence (if still culture bound)
in a process greater than oneself,
shy amazement as words mound

up, gaining strength, breaching
even the stanza’s prim virginity
complex, a miracle that cannot
be shared with youtube youth,
making me perforce a popinjay
sporting with an exotic tongue
while babylon enforces silence.

Douglas Smith, formerly a teacher of Anthropology at York University, is a homeopathic physician.and author of several books on alternative medicine. It is claimed (although Dissident Voice has no proof of this!) that Doug and his partner grow the best garlic in Haliburton County. Read other articles by Douglas.