Statue of John Keats at Guy's Hospital, United Kingdom, by Stuart Williamson‘Ode to Poets of the Past’ by Joe Kidd The Society August 26, 2022 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 7 Comments . Ode to Poets of the Past I do agree with the sights__that I have seen:the warm and comfortable steps__where love has been and with the sounds of truth__that I have heard—the whisper and the song__between the word. A now familiar species__comes to beara message from an age __beyond this air __and I, tonightdo celebrate the past,a poet in the light__of beauty cast __alive and freeabove the crimson pain—a spirit that must live__and live again. . . Joe Kidd is a working, published poet and songwriter, touring North America and Western Europe. In 2020, he published The Invisible Waterhole, a collection of spiritual and sensual verse. He has been awarded by the Michigan Governor’s Office and the U.S. House of Representatives for his work to advance Peace and Social Justice. His work may be found in 10 anthologies as well as numerous magazines and web pages during 2021/2022. Joe is a member of National & International Beat Poet Foundation (USA), Angora Poets (Paris France), the Society of Classical Poets, and 100,000 Poets For Change International. He has been appointed Official Beat Poet Laureate of the State of Michigan 2022-2024. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 7 Responses Clive Roland Boddy August 26, 2022 Good one Joe, it has a fine and compelling lyricism and simple, subtle sensuality about it. Reply Guy Warner August 26, 2022 Very nice. I like that your point is not so “on the nose,” but is still clear. Reply Cheryl Corey August 26, 2022 My favorite line is “the whisper and the song between the word”. Reply Richard Craven August 26, 2022 I really like this – always a sucker for heroic couplet! My only scruple is, curiously, line 1 – while conceding that sights may be agreeable, it feels a little odd to think of them as something one agrees with. Reply Paul Freeman August 27, 2022 Cheryl beat me to it with my fave line. My other fave, was: ‘I…celebrate the past, a poet in the light of beauty cast…’ Great stuff, and kept simple. Thanks for the read, Joe. Reply Allegra Silberstein August 27, 2022 Thanks for this lovely poem. Reply Joe Kidd September 7, 2022 I am grateful to all who have read and/or commented on this piece. It is the first submission to this excellent organization. I hope to be active here. I have been on tour through New England over the past couple of weeks, unable to properly respond. I will do so soon. It is an honor to be here with you. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.