Being a poet is not just about our output, our poems,
the words we seduce, command or wrestle onto a blank space.
It is about how we process input, how we perceive the world.
Poets are keen observers of natural, political and social environments.
Dictators know this, as does every person whoever stumbled upon
a poem that spoke their own heart’s suffering or joy.
I suspect that poets make good photographers
Because we notice what eludes most…
Not just lines, shapes colors but micro/macrocosmic patterns.
We recognize that color or absence thereof
Can set a mood or tone to a work
And learn to use which best serves the message.
We understand that a single element, or perspective
can change a work from charming to meaningful or powerful.
Yet while not everyone is A Poet,
we all express poetically at times:
The ASL poet draws their words in the air.
The dancer you cannot take your eyes off does too.
It may peek out in one’s smile or sway of hips,
or embracing your inner child
to laugh with real children about silly things.
It may emerge explaining a tragedy to a young person,
or wordlessly comforting someone in pain.
There can be poetry in that moment when an individual
takes a stand on a dearly held principle despite risks
or when one transcends all expectations
to act from love instead of fear.
Poets hold a mirror to the world; frame it to help others see.
© ebarmore 2012
@annemio Our discussion of that coincidental sunset photo of yours reminded me of this,