Poets not only write poetry, they also read poetry. In order to be able to write poetry, one must read it. Lots of poetry in fact.
I want to share a short little poem by Valerie Worth. I bought Valerie's book, All The Small Poems And Fourteen More, when I was living and working in New York some time back. It remains a personal favourite.
I love the way the poet shines a special light on everyday objects, transforming them into something unique and worthy of attention. Her close observations elevate her poems into the special category.
Each poem in the collection celebrates earthly wonders. From eggs to garbage, from potatoes to pockets, each object is given special attention in the form of short poems employing keen observations. Valerie Worth demonstrates through her poems she totally understands the saying-'ideas exist in things.'
The poem I have chosen to share with you (one of my personal favourites) is titled, 'Safety Pin'.
Closed, it sleeps
On its side
Opened, it snaps
Its tail out
Like a thin
Shrimp, and looks
At the sharp
Point with a