Tuesday, June 26, 2018

What Is Poetry?--By Jim Teeters--United States

What Is Poetry?

In the beginning was the Word
            -John 1:1

It’s only words
words only
but wait

an arrangement of words
            offers meaning
            paints pictures of
how a pond can be your life
a branch of the elm
can tell a story
about being cut off from love
lopped and fallen
            now just a lonely stick
                        that only

Jim Teeters has published poetry in several anthologies. He conducts poetry workshops for children and adults and is active in poetry readings in the Seattle area through the Striped Water Poets. He is the author of six poetry collections and the book, Teach with Style, (ASTD Press July 2013). Jim is a retired social worker living in Kent, Washington.


  1. You sure cause a person to ponder, Jim, and for all the right reasons.

  2. Good work Jim, clever use of space and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing your poem. BW Annie

  3. Jim, Thank you for this interesting piece. Very enjoyable!

  4. Jim,
    A very good poem . I liked it!
    David Fox

  5. So true Jim,
    Thanks for sharing
    Knight Writer