Monday, 3 November 2014

Long Poems About Life

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Jump down to Poems About Life: A Selection
Or jump down to poems with little or no rhyme

The poems that are linked to on this page (with the exception of some poems at the bottom) are by me. Their subject is the essentials of life and the human condition, which is to say, they are about love and compassion, and joy in nature, as well as about the more disturbing aspects of life, including suffering, war and death. Some are about the passage of time and the meaning of art, and about our sense of fascination and bewilderment at the mystery of the world.

The purpose of these "poems about life" is to use the power of words to evoke an experience in you that can deepen and enrich your perceptions. And to evoke experiences in you that are deep and rich in themselves.

The poems take a number of forms. Some rhyme, and play with words and ideas in a way that I think many readers will enjoy. Some are filled with poetic elements even though they don't include rhyme. And some have a more prose-like quality in which most of the lines are still coherent units of meaning that unfold on the page.

A fair number tell stories. Some -- especially some of the better poems that use little or no rhyme -- try to evoke a sense of empathy with the speakers.

But whatever form they take, most of these poems depict humanity trying to find what is good and true -- but also driven by fear and destructiveness -- as it struggles with a difficult world and with motivations that are hard to understand. Some depict humanity's struggle with the ultimate limitation -- mortality -- which makes them poems about life as well as death.

Most are relatively easy to follow, so people who have come to think of reading a poem as a chore (or a test!) may still find a lot to like here. A few of the poems are more enigmatic and complex because they need to be that way to have their effect.

In their essence, all are performances. Or at least they are more like performances than they are like essays (which is true of poetry in general). They are patterns of words that use meanings, stories, sounds, imagery and ideas to offer unique aesthetic experiences, which can deepen the reader's perceptions of life.

On another page, there are also a handful of short stories, some of which have themes and perspectives similar to what is found in the poems. And there is a page of commentaries on one category of poems about life -- nature poems by well-known poets. These expand on the themes of the website by revealing how nature poetry is an expression of the human condition. Finally, there is a page of exceptional short poems by famous poets, many of which are also about the essentials of life.

On this page, below, I recommend starting with the rhymed and unrhymed poetry in the first section, titled: "Poems About Life: A Selection", which contains some of the best work. The second section is "Poems About Life: Unrhymed Poems." The third and fourth sections are additional rhymed and unrhymed poems. Finally, the last section, as stated below, are the poet's dreaded long poems. There are also a handful of links to poems about life by other writers at the bottom of the page.

Of course, it can be said that all poetry is about life or, at least, about life and death. But many of these poems explore this theme in a self-conscious way and try to get at the essence of things in a way that I think many readers will appreciate.

I hope you like what I have to offer. If these poems about life and death work for you, they will put you more in touch with your own humanity, and deepen your experience of yourself and the world around you.

ome of my best rhymed and unrhymed poems about life.

Lookout at the Lake
One of a number of poems about life and nature,
seen through the lens of an extraordinary experience.
Ontologic
One of a number of poems about life in a
postmodern age, that asks how can we reconcile
ourselves to the world revealed by modern
science.
The Bard's Last Tale
A poem about life and love.
A Meditation on Life and Death 
One of my poems about life and death that looks
at how our lives unfold. This poem tells the truth
about mortality in a direct way.
Light
Every morning we rise with the sun
Two of a number of related poems about life
and light, in which the speakers describes
waking up to the sun and a new day.
An Idea From Mystical Philosophy 
Another of the poems about life as an illusion.
This one conveys an idea from mysticism
in which the world is described as something
that is being thought by a cosmic mind.
We Seek Him
A spiritually and mystically-oriented poem
based on monotheism.
Passages 
One of a number of story poems about life,
the passage of generations and selfless love.
Things To Do While Waiting
One of a number of rhymed poems about life and
death, written in a popular style that many readers
will find ironic, fun and a little bit haunting.
The Lookout
One of a number of poems about life and nature,
as seen through the lens of an extraordinary
experience.
The Food Addict's Dilemma
A fun poem about a lifetime issue that
many people face.
The Quest for Perfection
A portion of it, anyway. In three stanzas.
There is only one story 
One of a number of poems about life and its
connection to storytelling. This is a description
in poetic form of why we tell stories.      
A New Day
The Gift of Light
Two more poems about life and light,
in which the speakers describes
waking up to the sun and a new day.
Representations  
One of a number of poems about life as an illusion.
The poem asks if we can know the world, or even
ourselves, or if everything we think we know
is just a representation in the brain.
Not by Design
A brief poem about life and death.
The Marchers 
A poem in which fascism goes Gothic, as marchers
become the living dead. The poem uses an unusual
technique to create its effect.
The world is like a movie
A short poem about the universe.
The weight of the world
One of a number of poems about how we should
our lives when the universe revealed by physics
doesn't make any sense.
The Curator’s Love Poem
A poem about life and love in a museum.
Notes for an Unwritten Poem
One of the site's more romantic poems about life,
lost love and death.
Recipe for a Good Life 
A short poem about life's meaning and fulfillment.
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Gothic horror through punctuation, in a poetry
form I call a punctuation pictogram. And, yes,
that's the title.
Day Dreams
Another of my poems about life and light --
and the motivation for writing poetry.
How can we live in a universe like this?
How should we respond when the universe
revealed by physics doesn't make any sense.
Time Scheme
One of my briefer poems about life that is also
about time, poetry and death.
    
They fly in eight hours
A modernist poem about geese that fly over
the Himalayas.
Telepocalypse
A gothic horror story in poetic form about one
of the most disturbing aspects of contemporary
life: automated customer service voicemail.
A Day, Just Now 
Joy in nature, briefly put.
Call and Response 
This poem about summer camp offers a deep
perspective on why we tell stories and write
poems about life.
Danse Macabre
Poem about a living thing studied by science
that invades the bodies of ants and turns them
into zombies. With links.  
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