Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Do You Know You Are A Poet

I was asked how do you know you are a poet...
I answered...
and so it is...
when you find bits of paper in your pocket bearing lines
when you realize you did not take your vitamins because you forgot to eat
when you keep writing even though the pencil point is broken
when you hear words in your heart and cannot write them fast enough
when you hear the crackle of a fallen leaf and know it is a song
when you see a smile and feel the wondrous charm of joy
when you are embraced by the MUSE that refuses to let go
when you hear silence and know it is an orchestra divine
when you grasp the lint in your pocket and feel its inspiration
when you see each season by its ceaseless cycles of grace
when you find that every expression, every gesture of nature calls your attention
when you breathe and feel the miracle of life that is you
when you sigh in delight and amazement at the poem you just completed
and so it is ... you know.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Orangetown Designates Raccioppi as Poet Laureate
Nyack-Piermont Patch


  1. This is the tale of a writer! Being inspired by anything that spurs the imagination.

  2. And so you are...a wondrous gift that has been given to us who only occasionally or perhaps never
    are "embraced by the MUSE!"

  3. Amazingly stated, absolutely amazing
    Love Gail