I Sing Not for Glory
I sing not for glory nor for bread,
Nor for the praise of the credentialed clique.
But for hire more valuable instead,
To touch the honest kindred heart I seek.
I sing for lovers when love is green,
When time stops for a solitary kiss.
When light shines anew as with new eyes seen,
I celebrate your fey and fragile bliss.
I sing for the lonely, lovelorn heart,
When light grows cold and aching will not cease,
When your enchanted world falls all apart,
I offer modest salve to give you peace.
I sing for the pilgrim searching soul
Pursuing the heart’s true cause and treasure.
May heaven’s hound, you hasten to your goal,
And propel you to your proper pleasure.
I sing for the wise who see their end,
And, too, for those who have not yet awoke.
For to a common home we all descend,
With common dirt for all our common cloak.
I sing not for money nor for art,
Nor to amuse curators of our trade.
The simple wages of the simple heart
Will satisfy when my accounts are weighed.
NOTES: I understand April is Poetry Month. In keeping with this solemn occasion, here’s a poem about poetry.
2 thoughts on “Why Poetry?”
I’m curious as to when this poem was written. I might judge from the picture you were quite young.
Are you willing to add the date of birth for each?
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Paul, this is a very recent poem, written just last year. I used the photo from approximately 1976 because it is the only photograph I have of me in the act of committing poetry. Sorry if I threw you a curve there! I’ll look into dating the poems. If I don’t get it down soon, I’ll most certain never remember.