POETRY FOR THE CAUSE
A poem must be simple, like counting.
You utter a number and the next follows
on its own. On and on it goes,
linking one to the other
until reaching Infinity.
Like counting, a poem should
be clear to us all:
we must glean the value of each digit,
and that value remains unchanged
anywhere in the universe it may explore.
Odds and evens, as in numbers,
both carried in each poem,
and whatever the digit is
becomes an integral part of the number.
As in counting, a poem
gives value to zero
with its digits,
and from the front lead the people
who are declared insignificant.
Fresh Voices - https://poets.ca/fresh-voices-22/ (Jan 21)
THE COLOUR OF LAUGHTER
Whenever there is whispering in solitude
ears are alert,
eyes look in the direction opposite,
mind catches the events behind.
My daughter knows the truth
that I am hearing all,
though pretending not listening.
She asks what colour I like.
A colour-card starts running in thoughts.
My mind never stops anywhere
the colour I think, fades
going from the deepest to the lighter ones.
I see the colours
yet unknown to me.
I see multicoloured mermaids,
birds pass by ramp-walking,
the rainbow shimmers.
Still the mind does not pick up the choice.
She asks again
‘you don't even know that?’
and giggles out loud.
I see the colour; I like the most
the color of her laughter -
All the colors are visible in it.
(LEAP Chapbook 2022 by the League of Canadian Poets)