Brief is Beautiful

by Ronald A Pavellas

It is probably self-serving
To say so, but I cannot resist:
Long poems lose me.

My eye is drawn to:
The pithy, the direct;
The illuminating, as in
A small spotlight drawing
One's attention to an interesting object.

The complex, the meandering,
The maudlin, the windily self-centered
Glaze my eyes and
Cast my attention elsewhere.

So, forgive me, excellent fellow poets,
For my inattention to the longer phrase,
The convoluted concoction,
Clever as some manifestly are.

I crave the simple exposition on:
A thought
A feeling
An insight
A revelation!

And now ...
I'm about to exceed my own attention span...


Posted on 01/03/2002
Copyright © 2024 Ronald A Pavellas

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Cathlyn Cartier on 11/16/02 at 12:56 AM

My attention span isn't much longer than yours I guess... I feel terrible when I see a title that is so promising, and then open the poem and see it's more than what will fit on my screen, by a LONG way... I feel like I'm such a heel...

Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 05/30/03 at 05:15 PM

This is..may I say..kickass. i completely agree, love the simplicity..

Posted by Lori Blair on 11/29/11 at 11:35 PM

love the rhythm to this piece. Most exceptional!

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