A Poet—Dethroned King

April 12, 2016

Khail Gibran in his work of Sand and Foam wrote, if I were to choose between the power of writing a poem and the ecstasy of a poem unwritten, I would choose the ecstasy. It is better poetry … Poetry is not an opinion expressed. It is a song that rises from a bleeding wound or a smiling mouth. Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness. A POET IS a dethroned king sitting among the ashes of his palace trying to fashion an image out of the ashes. Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary..

I AM FOREVER walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and the shore will remain Forever.

A poet is a person who walks and resides in the valley of mystery, knowledge and freedom and truth with wonderment and astonishment. A poet is a person who is travelling with eagerness and zeal in the city of the knowledge of the mysterious and unknown world. A poet is a person who is thirst of seeking the secrets of life. A poet is a person who detaches oneself from the fetters of this world and soars in the sky of the unlimited and the unseen world. A poet always lives in the unseen and mysterious world in unseen and mysterious manner. A poet is one who seeks liberty in one’s own way.

A poem is not game and arrangement of words and phrases in beautiful manner, but it is an organization of words and phrases in meaningful and insightful manner. A poem is not about height of lines or rhythms of lines, it is about the strength and depth of meanings and understandings it delivers to the society at large which should be of significant importance and relevance.

Poetry has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the Chinese Shijing, or from a need to retell oral epics, as with the Sanskrit Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ancient attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle’s Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in rhetoric, drama, song and comedy.

Later attempts concentrated on features such as repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish poetry from more objectively informative, prosaic forms of writing. From the mid-20th century, poetry has sometimes been more generally regarded as a fundamental creative act employing language. This is one aspect in which syllables, rhyme, height, verse are considered as criterion or part of poem in which such given aspect of poetry is mainly concerned about the form or shape, not on the intent or spirit  or any insight it carries in such given poetry.

When people are inclined in keeping the beauty of any given poetry, by keeping laws or regulations, they are falling in wrong trap since the message they want to deliver could be handicapped since they are bothered on the type of forms they should follow so that the amorphous nature of such poetry could be lost while people are looking into some kind of form and shape. What make a poetry a good poetry is its assiduousness and its evoking meaning in its deliberations.

If someone tells me the obvious things in poetic way, this is like a photograph taken in any given photo studios since it just give what it has in just plain words or phrases and there is nu such mystic deliberations and other hidden aspects which people should figure out. This person is just taking a picture by camera than any other thing. There is no such mystery going on behind or between the lines. But, poetry makes more sense when it delivers mysterious and thoughtful; meaning beyond the obvious line and rhymes.

When a poet seeks liberty, laws and regulation are less important since the very nature of law and liberty are like oil and water due to the fact that when a person seeks freedom, the idea of law suppress such fundamental quest for freedom in life. Such paradoxical elements and integration of life is going on, which create its own life style on this plane of existence, which by itself is a mystery that create suitable environment and conditions to make up their given poetry in different way and condition as per the context of social system which they establish.

A poet is beyond a photographer since one should dig the mysteries of feeling and thinking that is hidden inside the photograph in way that others should govern such mysteries of life in articulated manner. A poet is a person who seeks for wisdom and knowledge that delivers meaningful insight than a person who seeks ambition, recognition and round of applause from others. A poet is a person who frees others from the bondage of ignorance by the torching light one holds in one’s hand and mind.

When a poet seeks ambition and recognition and money, one stops becoming a poet since in the world of poetry, ambition, ego, pride and attachment to the things of this world do not exist where as detachment, humbleness and search for mysteries of life are the cornerstones of such realms of poetry. When people enter into this world of delight and cheerfulness—ambition, ego, pride and attachment to the things of this world—misery follows them.

A poet is a king, without palace and crowns, in the search for meaning and mysteries of life. A poet is a person who unravels the secrets of life. A poet is a human reality that dwells in the valley of knowledge and wisdom with detachment, honesty and loyalty. A great poet is indeed one who truly writes our silence, and who discovers and see the hidden from the seen and discovered.

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