The Life of a Poem

Melba Christie at Poemattic

The Life of a Poem

by Melba Christie

Strong tree

A poem is born unexpectedly

from a dormant state

and erupts like a volcano

ready to inject its new batch

of thoughts into unsuspecting minds.

It grows old slowly

to our delight

feeding the hearts of new generations

with feelings and emotions

never felt before.

It only succumbs

when ignorance

and insensitivity

prevails.

Once it collapses

into a deep slumber,

so too dies the poet

and the muse

that brought it to life.

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