Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Delusions of Grandeur--By Robert P. Hansen--United States

Delusions of Grandeur

Figments of brilliance
Fall on the page;
The best I have written—
Boy will they pay!

An image that dances;
A song that entombs;
A rhythm that echoes;
A voice that breaks through;

A meter that tumbles—
Lost and confused—
To resonate softly
Between me and you;

The poem constructed,
The poem that’s read,
Are two separate creatures
That play in our heads;

In mine it is perfect
In rhythm and tone!
In yours? I suspect
It’s a different one….

Mr. Hansen teaches philosophy and ethics at a community college. His science fiction novel, The Snodgrass Incident, and collections of his poetry and short stories are currently available through various online retailers. His fantasy novel, The Tiger's Eye, will be available in June. For details and updates on his writing, visit his blog at: http://rphansenauthorpoet.wordpress.com/.


  1. Ah, don't we all have them, delusions of grandeur! Somehow it does get us through and even though in this vein we don't face reality, it is still lovely to have that glimmer of hope. I like your poem, there is a certain reality to it. Grand to have the opportunity to read your work here on this Whispers on-line journal! Thank you! Sheri / www.poetryandbeyond.net

  2. Hi Robert,
    Your poem has a remarkable melody (meter) and I love the message it conveys. We all see poetry in a different way. Sometimes I wonder what a poet is trying to say (definitely NOT the case in your poem) and just offer my own reaction. For this poem I can but say, "Bravo!" You have captured well the way people interpret poems differently.

    Best wishes,

  3. Nicely written and witty, Robert. Thank you for sharing this with us. Continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations