Poets Fitting Moods

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Tuesday Platform  (posted by Anmol)
“I have been thinking about the condition of the world that we live in and where we are headed. In that context, reading Sylvia Plath doesn’t provide a very hopeful image. But I go back to Ariel when everything stops making sense and I find my individuality embellished in the collective. Which are the poetry collections/poems/poets that you find yourself reading over and over again, especially when nothing else seems to work?”

My antithesis to darkness is Nash
who cheers me up in a flash.
His made-up words make me laugh
and his animal poems are mish-mash.

Yearning for things in the past
Mr. Poe comes to mind with his cache–
poems of women lost, of seas and cast
-off ravens revealing panache.

When a need arises to contemplate
days of sadness, and joys, I go straight
to Maya who always accommodates.
Souls of people and cities and fates.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Poets Fitting Moods

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    Wonderful, Sara. I love the rhyme and metre.


  2. thotpurge says:

    Yes, we all do have our go-to poets who do their magic and bring back sanity to this mad world! Great choice of poets, Sara.


  3. Jim says:

    I like going to the fitting poets idea when times they might help. Poe here would be my first, I have his “complete works.” I’ve not read Angelou. The poem itself reminds me of Paul McCartney’s “Let it be.”


  4. These wonderful poets for inspiration definitely help at such times — I love how you answered that question through your poem. Also, the rhymes are so much fun! 🙂


  5. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    How fun is this!


  6. I think I could use a little Maya too. Nice choices.


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