Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Poet’s Needs--By Jan Henson--Turkey

A Poet’s Needs

A poet’s needs are many fold
Paper, pen and a well of ink,
A notebook, his ideas to hold
As he has another deep think.

Maybe a photograph will give
A nudge to his muse’s sweet themes,
Then his words will forever live
And not just wallow in his dreams.

A computer, the modern tool
Assists him with the written word,
It may even make poetry ‘cool’
And not the province of the nerd!

A keen eye on the world at large
And an ear to the spoken phrase
Make ideas rush like a depth charge
To be embossed on the white baize.

So sit a while and contemplate
As the poet’s poem you read
Just how these words that you do rate
Came from the poet’s wanted need.

Jan Henson has written poetry for a few years. She finds it an enjoyable experience.  When she attended school in England (in the ‘50’s) poetry seemed such a dry medium and she wasn’t all that impressed.  After school, she became a hairdresser and continued the profession after her marriage and birth of her four children.  When her youngest was three, she started working nights at a nursing home.  She realized her passion for the profession and became a nurse.  She worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years.  After her children were grown, she retired to Turkey where she currently lives.


  1. Hi Jan - so nice reading you. Your words say it how it is! Nice reading - keep your creative pen flowing my friend...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  2. Hi, Jan! I love your poem! It reminds us how blessed we are who have access through Whispers to all these lovely writes and postings from such creative and talented writers! It is wonderful to see you, too, as I have known you as Button - either way you are a fabulous person and an exceptional poet! Sheri

  3. Hi Jan -

    You've said it all. I love 'nerd' and 'cool'


  4. Hi Jan,
    This is a refreshingly creative poem to which many poets will relate. Love the way you describe the nudge a writer can receive from a photograph. So true! Well done, Jan. Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  5. Thank you for a well written and enjoyable poem. And yes, a well written poem does come from the heart and out of ones need to express what is desired. I think a key to understanding ones own heart can be found in reading other's writings including poems. I much appreciate this poem as I can relate.
    Love, Charlene

  6. What a merry dance that pen, paper and muse can take us! Refreshing to read you today, and glad to be able to share - one poet to another that can easily relate to this verse...

  7. I like this, Jan. Yes, a poet certainly need all that you have gracefully woven into your poem. This is very creative and fun. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!

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