not that I don't respect poems, it's just undefineable

“Poetry” does not exist,
and “poems” are a lie
Even though people insist,
And many always deny,
Some of them always persist
That it can actually be defined.
 
Maybe if it always rhymed,
I could see their point.
Or perhaps if it was timed,
They would not disappoint.
 
But poetry is a mystical subject,
And no one  can describe
This mysterious thing they elect
Our students to rewrite.
 
It doesn’t always have a flow,
Nor does it have a pattern.
Yet teachers claim to know
That it is not uncertain.
 
So to those who believe in poetry—
If you know, please do share;
Please tell us totally
What it does forbear?
 
Can I just string some words together,
and claim to be a poet?
Can it simply be whatever,
Or must it be refocused?
 
Not yet have I seen
A true definition,
Nor am I very keen
On a new proposition.
 
The way I must see it,
Poetry will likely remain
Not everyone will submit
That it is, in fact, insane.
 
The states will say it’s necessary
To a child’s education
And added to their vocabulary,
They’ll become a successful nation
 
Yet I give to you this one disclaimer:
It is impossible to define.
And though considered an entertainer,
It is quite far from being divine.
 
One last time, I will tell you:
There’s no such thing as poetry.
It really is quite untrue,
And honestly an absurdity.

(2014)

I am not saying that poems are not a work of art, and that poets should not be credited. However, I have seen some poems (not on here) that are just a sentence or two with random breaks to change lines. I still respect the hard work that goes into poetry.

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