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Question: How do you decide when your poem has said enough!?
by TD Euwaite

As we race across the desert,
in this manic indignation,
regardless of the whole it costs, in
human desperation, the
picture we’re erasing is
the shrine we’ve been defacing,
the God we’ve been replacing
with the idol on the glass!.


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I hope I'm not the only one who read this aloud, the meter and the rhythm
are so incredible!.!.!.this is so what poetry can be!Www@QuestionHome@Com

Many new poets believe a poem needs to be long to be valid!. Your question reminds me of a letter by Abraham Lincoln in which he apologized for writing such a long letter!. He continued, "I did not have time to make it short!." In this poem, you obviously took the time to eliminate all the non-essentials!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I like this but I'm not entirely sure I get the meaning of the idol on the glass!? Is this representative!?

With regard to the discarding sabot of the question, when it FEELS enough!. "Subjective is as subjective does!.", as my 'ole Granma used to say!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I have a book of current in-the-process stuff!.!.!.my poems have said enough when there's no other place to go with them & they make it into my 'permanent' book!. if they're in the 'current' book, even if they're 1 yr or more old, they're not finished & haven't said what i wanted them to say!.

it's a difficult thing to decide sometimes!. other times u just know!.

the one w/this Q has reached its mark!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

This I like, few words, great message!.

Your question, Seems to just happen most of the time, yet some thoughts could travel forever, those I put aside for another day!.
When the last line or two lines just happen to say, end! Sometimes the last comes to mind first!. It all varies for me!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I know I'm supposed to be in bed !.!.!.
Anyway - I've always had a problem ending poems, short stories, research papers, etc!. I never know when something is supposed to be over!. Maybe a metaphor for my life, maybe I just don't know how to write!. Heh!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I really enjoyed that short poem, along with the other two you just posted!. It's rare for me to say that on this site!.

To answer the question: when I reach the end feeling I set out to achieve from the beginning!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Wow! Thank you for a good one and precise!. love the last 2 lines of this one!. This goes deeper than a first quick read!. It reads fast so you have to read it again!. The meaning is really deep!Www@QuestionHome@Com

You just feel it!. When you've said what you want to, you'll know!. And if you decide to go back, there's no limits on poetry!.
And I like it!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

This may seem distant
but in the echoes of both
Strunk & White and Rudolf Flesch,
is best
when allowed to maximize
on its own!.

**Or, a thousand in as many times that I catch
myself blah-blahing what's been belabored
in what I'm puffy enough to print
--it's always better when I've shaved the content!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Society too self absorbed!?

Q!? when you stop for a breather because you
have noting more to add!.

I agree with Coop 366!. A piece of writing is never done!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Hey, I like it!

To your question - I stop when the words stop flowing!.!. then I edit!. If the words start flowing again, I pick up where I left off!.!. If poetry is work, then it isn't from the heart (IMHO)Www@QuestionHome@Com

Interesting, although I may disagree with part of it!. Some poems are never done for you can always find changes as years go by!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

When I post it on the Y!A Poetry section and everybody says "OMG, that's awesome"!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

The last two lines speak volumes!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

You just know young grasshopper!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

This is GOOD!.

Oh!.!.!.your question!. When you start chewing on the pencil /pen!.!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

perfect beauty is you ideaWww@QuestionHome@Com

You just feel it in Your heart!Www@QuestionHome@Com