In Bard’s Company

a heart listens, verse resonates as spirit sings gentle songs in the morn;
impossible to separate words from wordsmith

guardian implores, passionate about words left behind;
mind pretends to perceive and recognize but it’s
impossible to separate poet from lover

fire ignites and sets goose bumps rampant
a manifestation in poet’s eye―
spirited and mounted
on walls

impossible…
whisper from shout
verse from song
suspense from climax

joy trickles
unrestrained;
affirms
poetry
is
not
dead.

Process Note: Sanaa at Prompt Nights reckons that Passion makes the world go round, and I couldn’t agree more. I could have written about any of my life’s passions but whilst away on a short break, I visited a poet’s home; a surreal and grounding experience.

I was mightily impressed and touched by passion of the ‘guardian’, that is, a museum guide. Not only did she show us around but she read one of Koidula’s poems. It’s not the words (because even though Estonian and Finnish languages are cousins, there are significant differences) but her passion for poetry that transpired as she read, resulting in a spontaneous overflow of emotions.

You know how we go about on Instagram, for example, with the tag ‘poetryisnotdead’? The tag never resonated like it did at that moment. Koidula long gone, her words live and continue to inspire lovers of poetry.

18 thoughts on “In Bard’s Company

  1. Words are so fluid, yet defining and powerful. We have so much to be thankful for when words from the distant past echo so loudly and clearly and never go out of fashion. Thank God for words and for the “guardians” of those words who passionately pass them on and allow us to see and appreciate the beauty of them. How wonderful that Koidula was able to give you such a moment to cherish – “Koidula, long gone …”

  2. Beautiful poem about the life and strength of words, poetry – passionate and full of emotion throughout. It is like a fire igniting within your soul when certain poems / stories shake your heart and yes, the goose-bumps. I loved reading about your visit to the museum, the poet reading – your feelings are palpable, its effect intense.

  3. Art always is… but it becomes more when the artist is part of it, of the process, of the sharing… I love how this poem suggest that poetry and poet can never have perfectly defined borders. I believe that is very true.

  4. Your postscript greatly enhanced an already enchanting poem – it is not words alone that create passion it is our feeling for them..the bubble of excitement of having them to hand..like a tool box..waiting to guide us, take us to places we do not know – that is the joy of poetry (for me at least) – the prospect of adventure

  5. Whistles!!! ?❤ Gosh such passion for poetry in your verse Khaya 😀 love how you have depicted another Poet’s home and atmosphere especially adore images of “fire ignites and sets goose bumps rampant a manifestation in poet’s eye― spirited and mounted on walls.”
    Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ?❤

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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