Poetry can unlock the soul and bring new vistas to our being while enriching life.

At Marquette Senior Living in Indianapolis, poetry lovers meet twice each month to share poetry. We call it Poets’ Corner. Some of us write poetry (not always good poetry); some come just to listen to others read. We talk about poets we like and poems we remember from childhood. We don’t always agree. Some think a poem must rhyme or it isn’t really a poem. We learn about the many forms poetry can take. We also try to convince poetry haters to give poetry another chance. In this group we don’t have to memorize a poem and stand up in front of the class and recite. That may be the beginning of hating poetry.

To capture the essence of Poets’ Corner, we will provide notes from bimonthly meetings along with occasional instructive lessons. This information is intended to offer guidance to individuals who wish to join us online. It can also be used to guide those who wish to form their own group. This feature will tell about individual poets, highlight a theme, and discuss style. We hope this offering can foster wider enjoyment of this genre of literature, poetry, described as, the expression of feelings and ideas using distinctive style and rhythm. Those attending online are invited to offer comments and suggestions.

Here’s a lesson to refresh your memory of what makes good poetry…

What Makes Good Poetry? What Is Good Poetry?

There is no formula. There is no prescribed guideline for the creation of poetry, only the inspiring models of existing poems.

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Listen World
by Margaret Hall Simpson

by Margaret Hall Simpson

COVID-19 Virus Curve
by Jo Lesher

Still of the Night
by Margaret Hall Simpson

by Margaret Hall Simpson

by Treva Turner

by Margaret Hall Simpson

by Margaret Hall Simpson

Hide and Seek
by Mary Jane Baxter

by Mary Jane Baxter

The Virus
by Marion Harcourt

The Pilot’s Gift
by Mary Jane Baxter

Mom Met Dad
by Margaret Hall Simpson

Hall Haven
by Margaret Hall Simpson

Lord Byron
by Jo Lesher

Ode to Dandelions
by Alice Palma

A Lion on my Street
by Mike Chester

HAIKU: Spring
by Jo Lesher

Golden Wedding Anniversary
by Margaret Hall Simpson

The End of Awe
by Margaret Hall Simpson

Faces at the Airport
by Gene Helveston

Listen World!

I’ve got stuff I need to tell
Since this COVID-19 started,
Marquette isn’t doing very well.
The Legacy’s closed for dining
Fireside Grill is shut down too
Can’t go to Township Tavern
To drink a frosty brew.

You may go into the chapel,
Meditating your misdeeds
Reading Holy Scripture
And fingering your beads
Singing anthems, chanting praises
Get down on your knees to pray
But the priest just isn’t coming
No masses will be said today.

My neighbors are getting restless,
Tired of this detention
Sneaking into bridge games
The apartments we won’t mention.
They hate this wearing face masks
Staying socially apart
They long for consolation
And affairs near to the heart.

Being in COVID-19 lockdown
A lot like time in jail
The only difference being
We can’t get out of here on bail.
We get three squares a day
And jailbirds do as well
Ours are brought up to our rooms,
And theirs brought to their cell.

This time of deprivation makes us pause
And think things through
Some things look less important
But others take a brighter hue.
A HAIR CUT tops the list right now
A permanent and shampoo.
We look like ancient hippies
With our hair in sad repair
So please, Dear Fran and Phyllis,

Margaret Hall Simpson
June 2020

Featured Poem

“Social distancing” – Juan Felipe Herrera

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