#PoetryReadathon – Meet poet and blogger Walt Page

Poetry readathon

The Tennessee Poet 2 (1)

Today, I am welcoming poet and blogger, Walt Page, to Robbie’s Inspiration with a wonderful poem entitled The Magnitude of Poetry.

The Magnitude Of Poetry

Poetry is dead”

So some writers say

But listen closely please

To what I’m about to say

Poetry is ever written, everlasting

It will be around long after the doubters

Poetry is the view from the highest mountain

That makes us dizzy from the height

It’s the beating of our hearts

And the tapping of our feet

While we read the rhythm of the words

It’s the way it makes us feel

When it takes us to a grave

The taste in our mouths

When it describes a kiss

The smell of a wood stove

That heats a mountain cabin

And the warmth it makes us feel

It’s that childlike memory

Of your favorite nursery rhyme

And the dreams we had of Santa Claus

When it was nearing Christmas time

It’s the smile on our faces

When we find a perfect rhyme

A glimpse of Heaven as we read

About Saint Peter’s gate

It’s the lyrics in a song

That we never can forget

Music in the words

That puts a song in our hearts

It’s a painting in our minds

That we see because of words

The magnitude of poetry

Is deep within our hearts

Even deeper in our souls

It makes us laugh

Makes us cry

Makes us smile

If only for awhile

And so I say to you

Poetry is dead?”

Not as long as I can read

Nor as long as I can write

As long as there is ink in my pen

And blood flows through my veins

My poetry will never die

Even after I am gone

My poetry lives on

And that

Is the magnitude of poetry

~The Tennessee Poet~

About this poem by Walt Page

“When I wrote The Magnitude of Poetry, my inter was to express my feelings about the importance of poetry and what it means to me. I’ve long had the feeling that Poets are not thought of as Writers or Authors and that there are many that consider Poetry a dying art. As Poets, we create feelings in readers in just a few lines. Our poems tell stories, express feelings, create images with words and invoke so many different interpretations and feelings in our readers. We are Artists, Poets, Writers and Authors. Words are our paintbrush.

 Poetry is not dying. There is a need for Poetry just as there is a need for novels and other writings. Poetry is alive and well and will be around long after any of us. Our words and our poetry live forever. I hope my poem conveys these feelings.”

I thought this was beautifully put and I loved Walt’s comparison of words to a paintbrush.

About Walt Page

I have been called The Tennessee Poet, and I guess you would say a romantic old rock drummer, musician, US Air Force veteran and an open heart surgery survivor. I have been published on Vita Brevis, Visual Verse and Slasher Monster Magazine. I live on the Cumberland Plateau in the Tennessee with my wife Susan, 2 horses and 10 rescue dogs. I started Walt’s Writings On Life in April, 2017. I had gone through several months of recovery and cardiac rehab after my open heart surgery. I was limited in what the doctors would let me do so I started writing again. I had always been writing and had written poetry for an earlier website of mine. I have lived a long life with many experiences and lessons to share. I have always enjoyed writing and creating websites with words, photos and music that fit a particular thought or theme. I am also a
husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a brother-in-law, an uncle and a cousin and
a preacher’s kid.

Find Walt Page

Facebook Page is:  https://www.facebook.com/thetennesseepoet/

Instagram Page is  https://www.instagram.com/the_tennessee_poet/

Twitter is: @waltpage  – https://twitter.com/WaltPage

You can find more of Walt’s beautiful poetry on his blog here: https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/about/

You can find out what Walt’s favourite poem is and more about his ideas on poetry here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/poetryreadathon-meet-poetry-blogger-walt-page/

45 thoughts on “#PoetryReadathon – Meet poet and blogger Walt Page

  1. Great poem, Walt! Yes, the oldest poetry is a lengthy narrative poem involving a time beyond living memory. The poetry forms may change, but poetry is not dying. My great-great-great grand kids will write and cite poems.

    Thank you, Robbie for introducing Walt.

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  2. Nice to meet Walt, absolutely love his poem!
    I’ve often thought of poetry as art in words … describing something vividly using words is much more an art than painting and Walt has mastered that 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

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