Learning to Write Poetry Late in Life

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By stevieslaw

Of course it’s magic,
the way the teacher coaxed
me off my easy chair,
where briared and booked,
I planned
to snooze away my twilight.

I find I’m curious again—
that odd peering into things,
I thought I’d
left behind.

Remember
that first poem?
Like a first solo flight—
ground dropping
like Newton’s apples,
the catch of thin breath,
and the wonder
of words.

           
“Sometimes I find the right word. And then I soar.” – the writer

6 thoughts on “Learning to Write Poetry Late in Life

  1. We are never too old to learn, and poetry is really re-learning because children play with words from the start. We get the playtfulness ‘taught out’ of us at school though. Poetry brings the playing games with words back …

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