Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ingredients of a Poem - by Bob Atkinson

Ingredients of a Poem
(c)2013 Bob Atkinson

    Acceptance
    Affection
    Aggression
    Ambivalence
    Apathy
    Anxiety
    Boredom
    Compassion
    Confusion
    Contempt
    Depression
    Doubt
    Ecstasy
    Empathy
    Envy
    Embarrassment
    Euphoria
    Forgiveness
    Frustration
    Gratitude
    Grief
    Guilt
    Hatred
    Hope
    Horror
    Hostility
    Homesickness
    Hunger
    Hysteria
    Interest
    Loneliness
    Love
    Paranoia
    Pity
    Pleasure
    Pride
    Rage
    Regret
    Remorse
    Shame
    Suffering
    Sympathy

acceptance breeds affection
or so some smart have said
two emotions duly charged
with throbbing of our heads

aggression cannot live
in an aura of ambivalence
only apathy can conquer
anxiety with boredom's silliness

compassion feeds the inner soul
to quell confusion of the mind
without which depression wanes
when doubt gets clarified

ecstasy feels good to us
if empathy becomes the norm
envy breeds embarrassment
moment euphoria comes back home

forgiveness loves frustration
by way of gratitude
promising grief of guilt
as hatred loves to brood

hope turns to simple horror
if hostility clamps upon
homesickness as a hunger
as hysteria wanders on

interest in loneliness
follows love to paranoia
pity sits with pleasure
while pride rages onward

regret subdues remorse
if only for a while
as shame extends suffering
throwing sympathy wild

my personal definition of poetry:
"...the emotional content of literature..."
drives home the difference
between poetry and prose

if it's informative, it's prose
if it's emotional, it's poetry

emotions listed show much
of what's to write about, but
poetry's not limited to these ideas
yet it easily springboards from them

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