The Manner of Reading a Poem

Read the poem for its beauty.

Read it again, and see an opaque light.

Read it a twain, and some elements come in focus.

Read it a thrain, a frain, a fifth and sixth

And soon the poem begins to shed its full light.

All through life, the poem reveals

Its hidden parcels.

 

A poem is not a work read in one sitting

And never taken up again.

 

A poem is read a lifetime.

So choose your poems wisely.

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