The Poet’s Flagon


giorgio morandi

the poet carries
his flagon of water
up the hill to his house
so that in the heat of the day
he’ll have water to drink
and as he’s walking
words like stones

in his dry mouth
The water flagon has
a weak cap so that some
water spills out along the way
not enough to miss but
a splash on lupine
growing beside
the path

so wildly blue
he catches his breath
making some of the words
rattling like stones in his mouth
to spill out quite by accident
A beggar`boy hears it
and runs home

“Poetry is a very powerful tool
because poetry is the conscience of a society.” Ellen Hinsey


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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15 Responses to The Poet’s Flagon

  1. deeply satisfying for this thirsty reader


  2. ebbtide says:

    beautifully done :)


  3. rivrvlogr says:

    Poetry in motion

    Liked by 1 person

  4. What an exquisite poem, Peter. Words rattle like stones, then spill like water, then quinch a child’s thirst for joy. Deeply satisfying.


  5. I agree with LuAnne. It is a lovely poem, Peter. Beautiful words and images should spread far and wide.


  6. A lovely poem… words that can be sung!


  7. I am in a small group fellowship where we meet each week to share poems that touched us and do some writing together as well. Last week I brought your poem to the group, read it aloud and discussed it. I just love this poem and enjoyed the discussion we had about the details that touched us. Thanks for joining our small group for an evening. :)

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