what is poetry?

robert frost said: “Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.”

for me, poetry is about slowing down and observing what is going on around us.

while stopped at a corner of a mouldering cherry blossom-covered street, i spied two young sparrows ripping leaves off a small plant.

at a downtown square, a child chased pigeons into traffic where two were killed by cars.

a woman walked down the street while talking on a cell phone and erupted in laughter.

i thought about the woman my grandmother used to be before alzheimer’s.

this is all poetry.

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