Monday, June 9, 2014

Ten Woodpeckers--By Gerald Heyder--United States

Ten Woodpeckers

Some write poetry
   from the heart,
some because they
   think they’re smart,
others believe it
   to be art!
Now, I’m asking
   all of you,
just what is your
   point of view?
Does poetic muse
   do any good
if cryptic works
   are only understood
by author and
   ten woodpeckers
pecking wood?

Gerald Heyder is a published poet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


  1. Ha, ha! I love a good cynical write! You bring up some good points, too! For me, a fun read! Smile......... Sheri /

  2. I find it hard to enjoy poetry while having a frustrating time trying to make out the contents. Give my simplicity...I'm no forensic expert!

  3. Nice one, Gerald. Fun. Continued blessings!

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

  4. Hi Gerald, If I have to read a poem more than twice and still don't get the message, the author may as well be writing for woodpeckers. Very clever poem with a perspective to which many readers can relate. There is a poet (not on Whispers) who creates all sorts of magnificent mages, but they are disjointed and I can never figure out what, if anything, she is trying to say. Your poem hits a home run for me. Bravo!

    Best wishes,

  5. Enjoyed your poem Gerald...You said what I've thought many times. Fun read! Thanks for the smiles....~Chris

  6. Gerald, I absolutely agree with your consensus and loved, loved, loved your poem. I am drawn to simplicity, such as your poem, perhaps because I am a simple soul that has enough frustrations in life without trying to add to them by needing to spend extra time trying to figure out what one is trying to say. Great job friend. :)

  7. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    Gerald - a very nice tribute to your father

  8. Thank you for all your lovely comments. I will send them to Gerald. Gerald, thank you for sharing this delightful poem and for your ongoing support of Whispers. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  9. Gerald I agree with this. I would like to know if you feel my poetry is obscure because I like to believe I can tell a story with my words. If not, I'd be compelled to work on that. I love this poem for keeping me on track with the fact that I believe poetry is a way to SHARE our deepest feelings. Obscure wording and phrases have never appealed to me.