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When the First Poet
by Frederick Kwesi Great Agboletey
12/20/04
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When the first poet…


When the first poet
Wrote the first poem
He wrote from the heart
For the less creative to structure into four lines-

When creative soul inspired
Poured forth emotions of pent up ruminations
It burst forth in unmediated joy;
A birthing of a thing brilliant in its outpouring-

Structure emerges as though by design
So that lesser men
Can read between terse lines
And discover the pithy quatrain-

Form was an afterthought
In sudden outpouring
Of clarity forming in aftermath of occurence
For form to give meaning shape-

Then in idle moment
I traversed to Milton
There, in his introduction to Paradise lost
He condemned structure and rime-

As a torment invented by a barbaric civility
Where perfect endings and rhyming words
In seeming musical cadence
Have anything but music-

When inspiration dawns
Suddenly, does Creator's spirit seeds its birthing
It cometh not with structured meaning,
It is an overwhelming emotional outpouring-

Untempered outpouring,
Of great intensity
Unstructured, a gushing forth
As rusted ancient gates give way to inspiration-

When such powerful forces undefined
Eject their uncensored spring
Of purest light in defined streams unto man
Thus is inspiration born-

Into man's ordered world
Where reason pounces upon such purity uncensored
A creation in a world trapped in strictures of orderly existence
Where greatness is proclaimed-

Inspiration is not ordered in its emergence
It happens, considered as an afterthought
Therefore in silent depth of night
I seek not perfection but I create-

Ordered relevance is in opposition
To these graceful enablement of thoughts
Gathering through age’s canals
To yield one momentous expression-

Redefinition of reality
Accepted by quotidian masses
Taking its origins from
From unmapped rugged terrains of inspiration-



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Joyce Poet 21 Dec 2004
Brilliant, Brother! And most brilliantly "structured" as well! Nothing quite compares to the outpouring you speak of. One day, (I'm certain of it) all people will come to realize exactly what the Word already says --- ALL good and perfect gifts come from HIM. Nice to see someone giving Him so much credit already. Surely, surely, He is very well pleased.




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