The Poem We Did Not Understand.


The Poetry Group gathered as usual,

The subject of the meeting was ‘Sea’.

Poems were read,

Published poems,

Poems written by the members.

Each one was discussed,

As to what they meant to each of us.

Another one was read,

Yes it was about the sea,

He finished reading it,

And absolute silence ensued.

“What was that about?”

Was the question on our minds.

All had different views,

All were confused about it,

But then we all agreed,

This is what poetry can do,

It can confuse,

It can create discussions

Into a deeper meaning of life,

That is what is so glorious

About the wonder of poetry.



  • Michael Edwards

    This is so true - to my mind a good poem should pose questions and leave some points open to interpretation - just like a good abstract painting. A spot-on write Andy.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks Michael, it was very much like that.

    • Accidental Poet

      Have to agree with Michael, and and excellent write Andy.

    • orchidee

      I didsh not get past the title even, with being on the sherry! You mean 'Shee Schape' by Shteephen Schpender'? I knowsh it well.
      Mind you, I can only understand it after three sherries!
      Yet some poems can get too complex, and we may blank them out altogether. Did anyone say ;'Garbage?!'

      • Goldfinch60

        Nobody actually said garbage but I am sure it was on some minds.

        • orchidee

          Bit like me, being 'polite' at a poetry group, but almost nodding off through boredom, unfortunately!

        • Fay Slimm

          The genius of Spender glows through these recited lines and led so well into your own posting on what good poetry should leave as an aftertaste. Well done for these lovely reminders dear Goldi.

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you Fay, much appreciated.

          • Louis Gibbs

            An abstract poem which stimulates thought is fine ... a poem so obtuse that a meaning cannot be gleaned is another. I cannot appreciate a poem that, upon careful examination, amounts to gibberish. But then, one man's gibberish is another man's poetry, I suppose.
            Good, thought-provoking write, Goldie!

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you Louis, it certainly had the group talking.

            • Tony36

              Great write

              • Goldfinch60

                Thank you Tony, much appreciated.

                • Tony36


                • Christina S

                  Very good write GF! Sometimes the best intended poems are difficult to understand. But that's poetry!

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Very much so Christina, thank you for reading and commenting.

                  • FredPeyer


                    • Goldfinch60

                      Thank Fred, much appreciated.

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