Simple Things

A poem can be about simple things, can’t it
like the way it feels to illustrate
a dream without a pen
the way a voice runs lengths
beyond the spine (and back again)
I can hear it                       can’t you
your caution to touch something new
when I continue to say                 see it
we’ve known each other since the beginning
we both find beauty in simple things
how many of us can you find illustrating silence.

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About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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4 Responses to Simple Things

  1. sanberdooboy says:

    it’s interesting how you connect simple things with mysterious things. just the first example, “like the way it feels to illustrate/ a dream without a pen.” it’s an example of how poetry differs from prose in the way it can suggest meaning rather than spelling out something. and although i think i understand the simile, it would be difficult for me to explain it. something about the “web of words” being sometimes inadequate to express what we feel. anyway, I’ve read it five times now, so the poem has definitely hooked me.

    • Kate Houck says:

      Hi, thank you for your thoughtful analysis. When we take the time to relish in simple things, we can unlock their mysterious qualities and be able to “illustrate” them with new meaning or personal meaning. Maybe that’s what I was getting at….

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Love this, Kate. I can so relate. 🙂

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