The definition of an “artist” (as once conveyed by a co-worker) is a person able to evoke emotion through their chosen medium. Using that criteria, I’d say Kitt Crescendo qualifies. The power and passion of her poem “Need” (posted on TheInnerWildKat) reached me on a visceral level. For that I say, “Thank you, Kitt!”
Drill deep within my soul.
Lay me bare,
Unveil my passion–
Seduced by your heat,
A vision spread open,
Vulnerable for you.
With pure emotion;
Unleash the fury
Of your storm,
Wild and unbridled.
Expose your need.
Trust my heart
To guard your fire,
To breathe in
Your relentless hunger–
(Wow! Imagine being the person who evokes such powerful emotions.)
Thinking of Kitt’s poem reminded me of a short poem written by Margot Wood, a calculus instructor I had many, many years ago.
“Tis better to have loved and lost, than marry and be double crossed.”
From there my mind jumped to a silly, fun poem by Jack Prelutsky in his book New Kid on the Block I used to read to my daughter.
I am the Flotz, I gobble dots,
indeed, I gobble lots and lots,
every dot I ever see
is bound to be a bite for me.
I often munch on myriads
of sweet, abundant periods,
I nibble hyphens, and with ease
chew succulent apostrophes.
From time to time, I turn my gaze
to little dotted “i’s” and “j’s,”
and if I chance upon a dash,
I soon dispatch it with panache.
I chomp on commas half the day,
quotation marks are rarer prey,
a semicolon’s quite a treat,
while polka dots are joys to eat.
When I confront a dotted line,
my tongue flicks out, those dots are mine,
Morse code becomes a feast, and yes,
I’ve snacked upon an S.O.S.
For I’m the Flotz, who gobbles dots,
I gobble them in pails and pots,
And you’ll not like my brief embrace
if you have freckles on your face.
The funny thing is, I’m not a fan of poetry. Yet as I watched how my reaction to Kitt’s poem got me remembering other poems, it occurred to me this is but a small example of how, even when we don’t think something “floats our boat” (in this case poetry, though I imagine it could apply to other instances) by remaining open (and given the passage of time and change of circumstances), and revisiting something that we didn’t think would affect us, we might find ourselves given a chance to emote or be in the midst of a wonderful experience we’d never have had otherwise.
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