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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What Do You Know?
by Theresa Rodgerson

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

What Do You Know?

What do you know old girl?
I know times are hard, but I can always choose hope.

What do you know?
I know in this isolation bubble I wait and fritter and waste the best parts o’ me.

What d’ya know?
I know I can always extend myself to help and encourage someone else.

What do you know, old girl?
I know 2020 is closin’ fast and I’m feelin’ flat out spent.

But really, What do you know?
I know I promised my cat I would outlive her.
I know I’m way too old to live in a dystopian society.

Girrl really? What do “you” know?
I know today I choose life, I choose love, and kindness and joy.

Girl, don’t forget about laughter!


Theresa Rodgerson
January 2021
From The PVM Village of Holly Woodlands

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“Social distancing” – Juan Felipe Herrera

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