Task of a Poet

“To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.”


Painting: Venus Veiling Pandora by Charles Courtney Curran

8 Comments Add yours

  1. balroop2013 says:

    What an apt description of a poet! Loved it. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Such pretty words too. Glad you enjoyed.

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  2. Isabella says:

    Beautiful words that expands our perception. A long time ago I received a book from you. I do not know if I remembered to thank you. So, thank you very much. Love, Isabella


    1. You’re welcome. Hope you enjoyed!


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  3. delphini510 says:

    Beautiful Adrienne ! I quote this from you: To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;”
    To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;”
    So many wonderful metaphors.


    1. I loved it as soon as i read it. 😉 Only poets can capture life like this! Thank God for them.


  4. “To feel much more than know” – that’s it for me. Thanks for sharing this poem.

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