One Long Poem

One Long Poem


It doesn’t matter what I write,

It’s one long poem.

Three thousand poems in fifty years

That sometimes rhyme and sometimes bomb.

One long poem; an Arlene there.

Searching thinkings, rational or sentimental;

Always verse, never prose –

Couplets almost never, ‘cause

They make a literate reader doze.


The beat inside, intrinsic, non-negotiable;

Always off the shoulder, meaning pivotal.


Communication always changing in its form,

Yet if one looks one sees a norm,

A dark red thread in love with words.


If I use the ‘I’ too much,

All I want’s to touch the inner you.

If I do, I do –

Pronouns notwithstanding.


One Long Poem 4.2.2015

The Processes: Creative, Thinking, Meditative II

Arlene Corwin


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