HALL OF POETS POETRY OF THE WEEK - BY MIKE GRAVES



HALL OF POETS POETRY OF THE WEEK


HALL OF POETS POETRY OF THE WEEK goes to "The Path", written by Mike Graves.


THE PATH

Give one person a tool, and
they will use it
to change the world.

To another, that same tool
is nothing more
than a paperweight.

Decide to accomplish.  And in that instant
the path to attainment
lies open before you. 

It is there for you to walk.
It’s up to you to see the path, and
gather the courage to walk it.

It is there.
But it permits no excuses.
Walk it, or don’t. 

If you decide to let it pass
don’t then fall into regret.
For that will kill you.
Find the next one.

The right path
will pull at your feet.
And the walking of it will be
a dance.

© Graves 2/23/13. All rights reserved. 


A West Coast Poet, Michael Graves has spent the past two decades living in a redwood forest in Northern California. His unusual approach to poetic subjects spans the spectrum from the cerebral to the deeply erotic and has won the hearts of thousands of readers.


According to Mr. Graves, he began writing poetry in “self defense” in high school, “... in order to survive geometry class. My instructor was a great guy who was cursed with a droning, monotone speaking voice. So I started writing poetry in self defense, to stay awake.”  It wasn’t until he took a poetry class with James Doyle in the mid-1970’s, at the University of Northern Colorado, that he began to understand quality as it relates to poetry. “Among other things, Jim helped me to see that if I couldn’t express an idea in a way that was different than it had been said before, why bother? Around that time I began the process of growing up, as a poet. I owe him a lot in that regard.”



Mr. Graves says that he writes most of his pieces, “along lines of poetic reasoning which give the reader a positive experience, either emotionally or intellectually.” He’s had readers write and tell him that his poetry has helped them get through a difficult time.  And in more than one case, he’s been told that his positive message has prevented a suicide.”




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