The Disappearing Poet: A Comic Poem
Here I venture a bit of frivolity. One can’t be serious ALL the time. Well, one could be, but that would be no fun.
This poem first appeared on Kelly Belmonte’s excellent blog All Nine, where you’ll find out what poem prompted this pastiche.
The Disapearing Poet
The world’s a prosy place at times,
With tax-forms, bills, due-dates, and fines;
It seems that we’ve become a nation
Whose sad beleaguered imagination
Is stuck on money, sex, and fame
(or shopping, or the football game).
What are we missing? Could it be
We’ve lost our sense of poetry?
Without the P, then poet’s OET:
We’re missing something and we know it.
Let’s look for poets out-of-doors:
On farms, or roaming heathered moors.
Look: there’s Robert Frost, and Wendell Berry
Sometimes moody, sometimes making merry.
It doesn’t seem so bad to lose
The O, which gives us PET, but whose?
Instead of some poor sweatered pup
Let’s have some wildlife – don’t give up:
Here’s Burns’ wee mouse, Blake’s tiger and his lamb,
Keats’ nightingale, Smart’s cat (who’s quite a ham).
Lose the E? We’ve gone to POT
Which we’ll agree is not so hot.
Perhaps we need some sterner stuff
As if to say ‘enough’s enough!’
So Eliot sends us to the dictionary,
And Dante, singing, to the oratory.
If we miss the T, it’s no
Disaster: we still have our POE,
But horror is that poet’s gift:
Our spirits would soon need a lift.
Hopkins sings the praise of dappled things;
Chesterton, the joy that wonder brings.
We need our poets! That’s for sure:
Their role is one we can’t abjure.
Read ‘em! Share ‘em! Sing their praise!
We need good words in every day.
And if it happens that you’re a poet too:
Write, and write – that’s what you’re called to do!
Dr. Holly Ordway is a poet, academic, and Christian apologist. She is the chair of the Department of Apologetics and director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and the author of Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith. Her work focuses on imaginative and literary apologetics, with special attention to C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams.