I accidentally bumped into a stranger as he passed by,
“Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, “Please excuse me, too ;
I wasn’t really watching for you."
We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
At home a different story is told.
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
“Move out of the way, ‘I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn’t realize how harshly I!d spoken.
Wliile 1 lay awake that night in bed,
God’s still small voice came to me and said,
While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
But the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor.
You’ll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
You never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."
By this time, I was feeling very small,
And then my tears began to fall.
1 quietly went and knelt by his bed ;
“Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.
“Are these the flowers you picked for me ?"
He smiled, “I found ‘em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they’re pretty like you.
I knew you’d like ‘em, especially the blue."
I said, “Son, I’m very sorry for the way I acted today ;
I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way."
He said, Oh, Mom, that’s okay. 1 love you anyway."
The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.
Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.