The wind howls outside my office window. The power went out two days ago across much of Vancouver Island, where I live. Mine did not.
Wind has a second definition, referring to a phrase that perhaps goes longer than it needs to in order to communicate its message. Have you guessed what I just described?
Many poets have set structure to their poems. There are rhymes, set counts of syllables, and there is often flow. But-
Sometimes structure need not be there. Lines can be long-winded, have no rhyme or melody, and be wonderful. Read and re-read.
Last night I dreamed of fairies dancing on pincushions
Sewing lines of consequences like the thread wraps around the brass buttons of my red coat
Tight and connected, ever-reaching consequences.
© 2012 Christy Birmingham
One poet might comment on the length of the second line, while the second shrugs his or her shoulders.
“Isn’t the poet’s purpose to spread the message for which the poem was created?” asked the second person.
In this case, long-winded or not, the message is what is most important here. The structure of the poem comes second, or perhaps even fourth or fifth.
Do you agree with the second person? Do you ever dream of fairies?
This is christyb and I am curious. And hungry.