A good poem is the one that makes you think;
When it makes you see everyday things in new light;
When it ferries your soul beyond the ink,
And moves your hand to pick up your own pen and write.
A good poem is the one that tells you
One thing but means something totally different.
The meaning hides in a picture or two.
You have to read many times to get the intent.
It uses a lot of imagery.
It stretches your imagination way beyond
Your own depths to speak of the mysteries
Of the gods, mankind, the universe and their bond.
A good poem is highly quotable.
The words are simple, but the message is profound.
It can touch as many as possible.
Its meaning transcends the barriers in which we're bound.
A good poem is far better than this one.
For though it is written in fixed rhythm and rhyme,
It lacks wordplay, imagery and pun.
It's mere prose penned in half sentences in each line.
But that's just me and my philosophy:
I say what I don't mean, and mean what I don't say
In poetry. You don't have to follow me.
Just write! So long as your pen scribbles anyway.