Today our word is poem.
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Definition: A verbal or written composition, conveying images, sound, meaning to us through verse. It is lyrical, focuses on meter, metaphor, and rhythm. Poem is intense, carrying a story forward to us in everything that is not written as much as everything that is written.
In the spirit of poetry, today, friends, I'm going to restrict my definitions to just one line. Condense the words so that they breathe poem, into your day and mine.
Poem, verb. To make the world repeat its singing.
Poem, verb. To spin with oak seeds towards open soil.
Poem, noun. The gasping candle, sputtering flame.
Poem, noun. The crinkled hands at their piano, muscles remembering what the mind cannot - warming the concertos to her fingers.
Poem, noun. The chaos of fireflies.
Poem, verb. To lace your soul with words.
I leave you with this discovery - a poem by Edward Hirsch (one of my very favorites).
The Widening Sky (Edward Hirsch)
I am so small walking on the beach at night under the widening sky. The wet sand quickens beneath my feet and the waves thunder against the shore. I am moving away from the boardwalk with its colorful streamers of people and the hotels with their blinking lights. The wind sighs for hundreds of miles. I am disappearing so far into the dark I have vanished from sight. I am a tiny seashell that has secretly drifted ashore and carries the sound of the ocean surging through its body. I am so small now no one can see me. How can I be filled with such a vast love?