What is a poem?

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by Kevin T McEneaney

Let us observe the weight of a hammer.

If you put the quarks and electrons on

a scale, the combined weight of all of them

would be as light as a piece of paper.


So, if you hit your thumb with a hammer,

why do you wince with a degree of pain?

The mass of the hammer is in its bonds—

those small electrons are in a tight line,

all twenty-six lined up like an arrow,

which is what determines the hammer’s mass.


Bonding creates mass, weight, and perception,

just as the bonding of sperm and ovum

creates the life of a newborn baby.

Life is poetry encased in bonding! 

Kevin T McEneaney

Author of The Enclosed Garden and Longing, and other books