How to Read a Poem

First, gather some free time

eliminating all distraction.

Next, clear your busy mind,

preventing your abstraction.


Let yourself notice specifics

as you take each word, one by one.

Make certain you grasp the lyrics,

but go slowly, until you are done.


Use your dictionary to define,

Let the imagery wash over you.

Take a sip of your coffee or wine

As you peruse your new worldview.


Read it aloud, the second time ‘round.

Listen to your voice, as you stand tall.

Feel the rhythm and hear the sound,

as it bounces off the ceiling and walls.


If you choose to read a third time,

You’ll begin to absorb and contend

the author’s intended gist and rhyme.

Epiphany bursts… as you comprehend.