The Poet and the Reader

The poet writes the tune she hears
Within her heart and head.
The sound perceived by reader’s soul
May track a different thread.
The poet sings of moon and stars
That bring new life to love.
The reader cries for lover lost
To the heavens up above.
The poet’s thoughts turn to the sea –
The waves that ebb and flow.
The reader hears the mournful din
Of seagulls as they go.
The poet follows footprints as
They mark a vengeful path.
The reader finds a promise in
The poet’s song of wrath.
The poet writes the tune she hears
Within her heart and head.
The sound perceived by reader’s soul
May track a different thread.
–Dawn Cawthon Behrens

About grandawn

I live in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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23 Responses to The Poet and the Reader

  1. Mike Patrick says:


    I do wish you would write more poetry like this. You have such a gift. I believe that with years we find our muse. The tragedy is that it oft comes late in life. To share such a gift may be the greatest legacy we can leave our grandchildren.

    Mike Patrick

    • grandawn says:

      Thank you, Mike, for such kind words! I have promised myself that I will write more this year – to have that outlet. I really appreciate your words of encouragement.

      Thank you!

  2. suzicate says:

    Poking around your blog a bit…came over via onlycin. This is so true!

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely poem, GD, and very true too!

  4. Madmom says:

    Beautifully written, Grandawn.

  5. robertdj says:

    just stopping by to say hey 🙂

  6. Paula says:

    Thanks so much for the glimpse behind your eyes!

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  8. nrhatch says:

    Gorgeous post and poem!

    We see the world behind our eyes . . . and rarely share the same vantage point.

  9. slpmartin says:

    Years ago one of my first poetry professors made a similar point…it took a while for the lesson to sink in….the poet’s words are seen through the experiences of the reader which may or may not be the same as the poet’s…how well you present this in your poem.

  10. cindy says:

    That is just what I’ve tried so often to explain, I may quote you on this one in the future grandawn!

  11. Lyndatjie says:

    The reader can only dictate the ending if they were the poet as well… How I wish I could write like this… 😦

  12. knittingmaestro says:

    You never cease to amaze me… many talents I didn’t know you had! Beautiful!

  13. granny1947 says:

    That is so beautiful Grandawn!

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