are you a poet?

by Mark Olynyk

are you a poet?
do you act
without rhyme or reason
have an itch to scratch
speak your mind
clang the bell
walk in circles
lose yourself
in the subject matter
hear both sides of a story
prefer solitude
to the company of strangers
find yourself
missing in action
all doom and gloom
hollow at the core?

poets must:
be autocrats of culture
conjure figments
of imagination
fill emptiness with words
exhume the truth
abandon logic
avoid the commonplace
be nonplussed
by the extraordinary
go into a trance
channel spirits
live in both worlds
make a superhuman effort
dream in colour

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 07, 2017