writing / life cycle

by Glenn Currier

Writing is like saying goodbye
I leave my children
line after line
as I make them
I create that many funerals
writing is the life cycle
death and birth
birth and death
I cannot impregnate you below
until I leave you above


Author's Note: This poem is meant to be read from the first line to the last then from the last line to the first.

Posted on 06/15/2004
Copyright © 2020 Glenn Currier

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charles E Minshall on 06/15/04 at 09:16 PM

Yes poems are a poets children. Good one Glenn...Charlie

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 06/16/04 at 12:56 AM

glenn, this is superb and brilliant... awesome form and so interpersonal... i can feel this piece... as all poets should... excellent writing worthy of POTD... blessings...

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/16/04 at 01:11 PM

Thought provoking Mr. Currier. Although not original in concept, certainly original in expression and construction. Kudos!

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 06/16/04 at 10:13 PM

I think Chris would have been more a propos to say, in conception, for this one. Yes, I've always thought of my production of poems as births of my little babies, who take on their own life after my nurture and first care, and are growing varied entities that at first it's kind of painful to expose to the world. Looking at it from the seed-planter male role, you give that version of the same process. Well done. To me it is original in presentation, but yes, the feeling of parenthood in poetry seems to be prevalent.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 06/17/04 at 02:08 AM

Yes, its a procreative process.Conception/ birth/ death. Yu presented is nicely.

Posted by Betania Tesch on 06/17/04 at 05:32 AM

a very interesting device you've used here. I enjoy it though I don't know that it needs to be saying goodbye as much as saying...I have something for you to touch, even briefly...something to give that is mine. you are so lovely.

Posted by Ann Krischus on 06/17/04 at 03:04 PM

very interesting read.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 06/30/04 at 01:51 PM

I never thought of it that way, and backwards or forwards, this shifted my perspective a bit. Thank you!

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