Shawn L. Bird

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poem-interpretation February 6, 2018

The Lord of All Knowledge,

Gatekeeper of Truth,

says the poem means this.

Generations of readers bow

before this wisdom,

even though they don’t see it,

can’t believe it,

they just accept it.

When the poet reads

the critic’s piece,

she laughs and laughs

at the irony of such arrogant


Oh, student!

Good reader!

There are no errors

of interpretation in poetry!

Your experiences show you a meaning,

and if you can find lines to support,

your responses are just as valid as any critic’s.

(So the famous poet said to me,

and he should know).


8 Responses to “poem-interpretation”

  1. Jim Stewart Says:

    Yes. We all need to remember this.

  2. prior.. Says:

    ooo – they just accept it?
    deep and light poem here, Shawn – so good

  3. Every established poet with whom I’ve talked says the same thing!

  4. A'one Says:

    Interesting piece

  5. 🌟 IshtarInL💖ve Says:

    Very wise, Soul ~ there is no ‘right’ as there is no ‘wrong’ ~ this is the Cosmic, spiritual Truth of Love, in Love, and All is Love. No one needs a well-established poet to tell them anything; your Truth is in your Heart. Well done! 👏🏼

  6. Vuava Says:

    Wish my old university lecturers believed this.

  7. Ahh the truth of poetic truth! Well said.

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