Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Hey, Poet –
You get beyond my ken
you understand
and then, my care.
I wonder still
whose ear or will
or command
it is you seek
when you speak and look at me.
Who the hell do you see
swimming upstream
in your river of five-dollar phrases
whose praises
are the ones you’d kill for?
Tell them your dream
in that language known by so few
and spoken by none

but, Poet –
send them the bill for
your rhyme-less scheme
and send it first-class, too
as soon as it’s done.
You get beyond my ken
you understand
------ I gotta run.

~ Ralph Murre

Here's a reminder -- we'll be reading at the New Harmony Coffee House in Appleton, Wisconsin, on Monday, November 2nd, at 6:30, I think. We promise not to get beyond your ken.

1 comment:

Aquillrelle said...

Dear poet,

The Aquillrelle 2nd poetry contest is in full swing.

This is just a reminder that you are personally invited to join our second contest.

Cash prizes await the winners, and publication the other finalists.

So, if you trust your poetry's beauty, you are heartily welcome to submit.

Contest rules

1. Participants must be above 18 years of age, or sponsored by such a person.

2. Any style accepted ? rhyme, no rhyme, nature, family, erotica, personal, society, humor, etc.

3. We apply no censorship, however it is fair to tell you up front that poems encouraging hate, violence, pornography, derogation of others, drug abuse, and similar ? have no chance of winning. Of course, if such aspects are relevant and necessary as part of the ?story? ? then there is no problem in using them.

4. The specific conditions of each individual contest must be adhered to.

5. Proven plagiarism will result in indefinite banning from the site.

6. Poems must be between 10 and 50 lines long, empty lines included. This limitation might change occasionally, if specified in the individual contest. Submissions should be in .doc format.

Entries expected and accepted until 31 May 2010.

Contest results will be published on 31 July 2010.

The Aquillrelle team


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