To fellow poets
and those who aspire to be poets,
I salute you.
Bear it in your mind that poetry is not written
like television comic created from fairly land characters taken from folklore stories
to entertain children,
or told like a story to while up time
on a camping night long.
Poetry is not composed like philharmonic orchestra music to amuse the rich out for a feast to showcase their bounty and wealth
in aristocratic manners.
Poetry is not thought or pondered like solving a riddle
or a jigsaw puzzle,
neither is it planned like a house construction
nor is it designed like an architectural drawing of a proposed fitment .
Poetry is not formed like a political party
or drafted like a draft constitution.
Poetry is felt like gum stuck on the soles of your shoes
or pebbles stuck on the soles of your shoes.
Poetry is an inanimate thing that you cannot touch and see
yet you can strongly feel its presence caressing you like a lover overwhelmed by ecstasy.
15 March 2016.