The Poetic Principle

by Mark Olynyk

walking on the edge
of a slice of life.
cultivating words
from a field of dreams.
a cross section of experience
provides the inspiration
for productions in verse.
letting loose a torrent of connections
spilling on the page.
a single drop is an atom
of knowing.
ideas on the verge of change
must pass by the gatekeeper.
a metaphor is a blind substitution
for the barely glimpsed
truth of imagination.
a convergence of the disparate
locked into the possible
harmony of art.

a subterranean call is a hoax
from the trickster
with stalagmite memories
hanging in a cavernous waste.
undercurrents of fugitive thought
flowing through a forest
of forgotten themes.
the fallen trees
of past generations
cry out to satisfy their vengeance
on the prophet of time

Barrie, Ontario

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In 1977, Mark Olynyk published his first poem in "Left Wing". This event set off a chain reaction of poetry; that continues to this day. His poems have appeared in anthologies and literary journals such as: Whetstone, The Prairie Journal, Canadian Writer’s Journal, The Penwood Review and Peace & Freedom. His latest book, Written in Stone (2012) was published by FriesenPress. This collection of poems looks at the human condition; truth and the transience of life. The author says, “Writing is the great escape.” Find him on facebook at Poetry Inc.

Last updated July 03, 2013