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“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks”—Plutarch


What sense peers
Into the darkness
Hears a light

Why should poetry have to make sense?—Charlie Chaplin

Crescent Earth

What sense solves
Mysteries hidden
In plain sight

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth—Samuel Johnson


City Lights

What sense reads
Patterns of life force
In light verse

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean—Socrates


Imperial Thrones

What sense tunes
The grand unified

But the lover’s power is the poet’s power. He can make love from all the common strings with which this world is strung—Amelia Barr


Sea of Peace

What sense seeks
Serenity ekes

Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity —Walter Mosley


A Green Thumb

Elevated Sense

Meaning lies as much in the mind of the reader as in the Haiku— Douglas R. Hofstadter


5 Comments Post a comment
  1. chaplin for the win.

    November 20, 2021
  2. Poets sow
    Readers cultivate

    Love this whole post but that last segment blew me away. I absolutely love that drawing and it’s accompanying poem. But all of it was a delight.

    November 21, 2021
    • Thank you, LuAnne. 🙂

      November 21, 2021
    • Btw, LuAnne, you may know that the Douglas R. Hofstadter quote, with the last panel in the post, is an “American Sentence haiku,” 17 syllables on one line, which no doubt contributed to that panel’s particular appeal to you 😉

      November 22, 2021

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