On Reading More Poetry
Be fearless when reading a poem, or prose,
And hesitate not upon words no one knows.
The poet, or writer, has opened a book, †
It's called a thesaurus, and had a quick look.
You neednít be bashful when reading a draft, † †
A poet's wish isn't to make you feel daft † †
In writing a sonnet, or ode so complex, †
Conveying their meaning without causing vex. † †
Delight in the wonder and wander with awe † †
The wondrous wandering writing you saw. †
For even though some of these words go amiss, †
Its feeling, or essence, quintessence or gist: †
Go bravely yon dear one, into that cinquain, †
Each ballad and sonnet and echoed refrain. † †
For although you might not be fully aware; † †
The beauty of poets to catch and ensnare.