‘Ars Poetica for Shaky Times’ By Robert Sonkowsky The Society January 4, 2013 Poetry Ars Poetica for Shaky Times (Apologies to Auden and Horace) This little poem is in sonnet form; a poet will need support from the past: the best way to find it will be at last to compose within a poetic norm – limited available words will swarm to the surface and will leave you aghast – the poverty of English is unjust! Though today we think slant rhymes do no harm. In spite of which, here poets can wrestle with their predecessors, while tradition conjoins those on the same expedition, same genre, in the same sacred vessel of holy poetry, and hold support in match after match with every effort. A Prayer May my inner self come out and play free, either dancing or retreating within, not trapped on, nor out of, the social sea. I think I’ve screwed up since Eve’s Sacred Tree revealed the difference between good and sin: may my inner self come out and play free, to gambol among the others like me, who long ago knew they were forgiven and skip in and out of themselves bravely. As Christians, Buddhists, Taoists will agree we all need to practice meditation: may my inner self come out and play free, rising like incense to God and Beauty in highest realms of every one’s heaven, not trapped on, nor out of, the social sea. O highest God, may You, and may we, be the many, many who have become One! May my inner self come out and play free, not trapped on, nor out of, the social sea. These poems are among the entries for the Society of Classical Poets’ 2012 Poetry Competition. Robert Sonkowsky is a poet, free-lance actor, and Classics & Theater Professor Emeritus. He has written and performed poetry since the second grade. He has published two books of poetry: UNSOUND SCIENCE ISBN 978-1-4500-0752-8 and WAVERLY SONGS ISBN 978-1-4697-9169-2, with individual poems in some on-line and print publications. He regularly recites new poems before the North Oaks, Minnesota, Poets and Writers group. For details see Wikipedia, his agent www.wehmann.com, his U. of Minnesota resume cnes.cla.umn.edu, or just Google him; for samples, both print and audio see https://www.bolchazy.com/prod.php?cat=latin&id=00007 and Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.