Poets Are Unhappy

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Poets are unhappy people, for, no matter
how high their spirits reach, they will
still be enclosed in an enveloped of tears.

source: Kahlil Gibran, Broken Wings
image: Eddie Two Hawks, Eddie’s Garden, Caladium October 2015

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17 thoughts on “Poets Are Unhappy

  1. True! Even in happiness there can be an awareness of the existence of sorrow. Your photo beautifully compliments this ……. looks like teardrops on the petals. ❤

    • Hello Mary Lou,
      This is a very interesting remark and so very kind. These thoughts are worth great consideration.
      Thank you for your kindness, enjoy an incredible day, Eddie

  2. Well that depends upon the poet LOL.. 🙂 but as a poet 🙂 I have shed a mountain of tears.. Maybe we just ‘Feel’ too deep.. 🙂 But as a Dreamer………. 🙂 My Spirits soar High and reach out far… So hopefully I get the balance just about right 🙂

    Loved your Caladium, beautiful leaf ..
    Blessings Dreamwalker 🙂

  3. Hi Eddie – I am a poet!! I think Kahlil wrote this because poets access their unhappiness and channel it. What I love about poetry is how it can bump you into self awareness by telling you what you feel . When it works.

  4. I take issue with this quote. Not because it is beautifully said but because strives to make a poet in something more special that they are. I admit a poet who consistently makes good art is to be lauded. However it is the romanticism that is attached to that, I admit a long gained precedence that has its roots it medieval troubadours, needs to be dispensed with. People have become more enamored with ‘being’ poets than they are concerned with working diligently to write good poems. No other art medium has built such an aura, or spin in contemporary life about itself. One never hears of the painter who is blessed with some form of holy light that shines down upon them. No sculptor has been singled out for ‘suffering’ for their art, no musician seen tormented by his work so has to be placed upon a pedestal of romantic connotations. It is time poets stopped loving themselves and loved poetry more. “God has made so many poets, but so very little poetry.” >KB

    • Unfortunately you cannot discuss this with the poet himself. However, I do understand how you feel about it.
      It is the ‘feelings’ after all, that would and could cause the ‘tears’ or ‘smiles’ for that matter, or any other
      sentiment in between, and poets are indeed ‘feeling’ creatures. This, I do know.
      Thank you so very much for sharing your thoughts, ideas and opinions with kindness. Enjoy a magical day

      • Thank you. There happened to be two quotes very similar about the same point and I was on a roll. I see people put art–not just poetry, though poetry suffers from it the most–into some kind of role thinking it can miraculously change the world somehow. If it can change anything good art can only do so one person at a time and that change is an internal and fundamental one–perhaps if more people read more good poems the world might change but they and it takes more than a personal epiphany of understanding to move the world even a fraction of an inch off its sated orbit. >KB

      • Absolutely, the process is a slow steady one on an individual level – great art/poetry may over time change a wider scope of the world, but it indeed is most effective at the individual level where we get intimate with it and hold it, as well as ourselves up to the light for examination.

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