The Power of a Poet * A Poem for you

John F. Kennedy said,

“When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”



Poetry is Power.

I can write my heart out trying to put words to my pain or my happiness or my experience

But a Poet;

a poet can in few short words capture my Heart and my experience.

It is not always pretty.  It is always moving.

Poets have Power.

National Poetry Month

Thank my God!

Peace, Jen


Memorial Service


Forgiving the living is hard

enough, shrugging away all the wounds

delivered with kisses and curses,

the thousand and one petty slights

that bled me to an albino shade,

that shadow me even in dreams.

But the dead are altogether

another matter, not easily to be

enlightened and quite beyond regretting

anything (as far as we can tell)

and most likely indifferent to

our common currency of tears.

And so it is that pissing on your grave

doesn’t please me as much as it ought to.

Now that you have passed beyond

all blaming and shaming, what can I do

but rise and proclaim sincere admiration

when my turn comes around to speak?

Source: Poetry (July 2002).

~ by Step On a Crack on April 2, 2012.

9 Responses to “The Power of a Poet * A Poem for you”

  1. Smart people … all of ya’all!!!!!!! love m


  2. How is it you ALWAYS seem to help me.
    Thank you my friend for your words. I hope you have a great National Poetry Month.


  3. hmmm good saying, same as I have on my website


    • Dean,

      Thank you for stopping by! I like your poetry very much.

      Yes I noticed that. I collect poetry, weird hand sculptures, and quotes.
      I always have either a quote or a line of poetry as my signature on my phone.
      This is what I am using now:

      “Poetry is just evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash” Leonard Cohen

      I was going to include a quote about writing and a poem a day this month. We will see if that comes to pass.

      I appreciate you being here.

      Peace, Jen


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  5. Great post, Jen; all of the components weave the threads of power within the poet. My feeling is that they ‘are’ so powerful because they are born of the heart – and there is no greater power than love.


  6. I love that quote and have shared it multiple times as well, it’s incredible how poetry can change people. Keep up all the good writing. 🙂


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