Sometimes Poetry Happens: a poem about the mystery of creativity

Sometimes Poetry Happens
(Sequel to ODE TO THE ARTIST)

Some poets can write
from reflected experience
referring back to what was written.

Others need to be there,
in full view of their subject,
opening up to what’s being given.

Sometimes poetry happens between the two.

It’s then you don’t really write the poem.
It writes you!
You just put it down on paper.

When you see it there,
You’ve captured it.
Or, rather, it’s captured you.

What really happened between the two?

To explore that space
between you and me
is to discover who we are.

For deep within,
at the source of the gap
lie the togetherness of the three—

the seer, the seen, and the poetry … in between.

© Ken Chawkin

The previous poem, ODE TO THE ARTIST, was shruti, an account of that which was heard, while Sometimes Poetry Happens, was smriti, the memory of that which had happened. ODE TO THE ARTIST, Sketching Lotus Pads at Round Prairie Park won the Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum’s Distinguished Poet Award, (1988), and was published in the Winter edition of Treasured Poems of America, and Sometimes Poetry Happens made it into their Summer edition, both published in 1990. Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc. is located in Sistersville, West Virginia, USA.

Here is a recent interview that features both of these poems: PR to poetry – how things sometimes happen to Ken Chawkin. I alluded to it in this post: Publicist and Poet @KenChawkin featured @TMhome_com. Learning to let go to let magic happen #creativity #TMmeditation.

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