Poetic Problem

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There is a problem in poetry that I feel should be addressed, not for its urgent matter, but for the silence is has received thus far.
It is so much of a problem that none of us have even acknowledged it.
The press secretary will not hold a conference for this problem, nor will the president tweet of it.
The news will not cover it at five and Saturday Night Live won’t mock it on the weekend.
It is like that of a deadly virus that goes through the body, undetected.
One day we are all sitting reading some poetry and then there is this problem, this issue, this thing, we have to deal with.
What am I talking about is the difference between the age a poet attains his better understanding of life and the age of the audience.
It is my belief that a qualification to be a poetic mind is not just the words written on a page but by the life experiences one has.
If words were all that made poets, then all those who can form a sentence would be a poet.
That comment that you wrote at the bottom of this blog.
The grocery list, your receipt.
All of those have words, but fail to reflect an angle on life that poetry can offer a reader.
This experience can only be gained with time on this earth.
Being here, sleeping here, living here.
There is no substitute for time.
No pill to help pass it.
No medication to slow it down.
You can only understand how it is to be a human being on this planet if you are a participant in the pleasantries and cruelties of this world.
When does one learn of these unwritten rules of life.
Is it through youth?
Could that be what I was being taught in school all those years?
Is that what the tests, the books, and the grades are for?
Is there a birthday party where we are all truly celebrating that the individual should now get what life is all about?
Maybe that is what all those candles are for.
What age does a human being grasp life, if ever?
I say that a grown adult in the ages of 35-40 is about right.
(For most, as there are some who unfortunately never do this)
This developed person has lived enough to know of wit and wisdom, but are still youthful enough to have the energy to create works.
Who is the audience of poetry, assuming it even has one?
By the age requirement of the poet just stated, the age for an audience member must be close to that, or at least in that generation.
If not, the audience member will be lost on references that his age group does not grasp, since they did no grow up with them.
The poet must speak in metaphors or silly verses to get the younger people interested because the poet is not one of them.
He can’t talk in their native tongue, since he is not of their native tongue.
Despite the greatness of this poet, no matter who they are, they are speaking of topics in hindsight, as they were, as the young audience is experiencing new things.
Do you see the dilemma?
I am writing about yesterday, but you are living today.
All poets have this problem.
There is no way around it.
Just when you gain a greater understanding of the world, the world has moved on and is not interested in your understanding.
But you have been here long enough, you should know that.

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