Poetry is an inseparable companion of the
human spirit from early childhood
though the end of our lives. For each one of us, from
morning's first light through the darkness of night,
every day is a poetic event, a series of sensory impressions recording the epic narrative
of our human pilgrimage on earth. Thus we are all
poets, though only some among us lay claim to the title by evoking the
memory of these impressions with artful
patterns of words, sounds, and rhythms.
Here, in the poetic diversion of Bob's Byway, we'll
step along the well-traveled ways as well as the
unbeaten paths of poetic experience. While
strolling leisurely around this
wondrous world of fanciful imagination, we'll smell the
flowers, hear the music, and we'll
dally here and there to savor the pervasive
piquancy of poetic awareness.
Neither daunted by snow,
nor deterred by rain, we'll explore both the ridiculous
and the sublime.
We'll experience emotions ranging from the lofty pinnacles of joy
to the plummets of sorrow -- our hearts will sing
in the warm glow of romance and weep amid the frigid flames of
We'll visit the east
and go to the west. In every corner of the globe, from where the melodic trill of a
thrush is heard to places where
no birds sing at all, we'll renew our
acquaintance with the land, with its
seas and skies and
fields and hills.
If we need relief along the way,
we can camp under a Tumtum tree,
or rest for a spell near a field of daffodils, but
we'll be learning
all the while -- accumulating a store of memories,
fulfilling dreams, absorbing the
wisdom of the ancients -- to approach at
last a better understanding of
who we really are.
Finally, if you're game, we
might risk a critical glance at some of Bob's poems, but
we'd better hurry because it's time to move on, time to
close this bit of whimsical indulgence and
take our leave. So let's shift to the
engagement of more serious matters now, to become
well-read in the mysteries, the craft and the
haunting harmonies of poetry. Let's spring
ahead to the inner chambers of Bob's Byway, starting with
the Glossary of Poetic Terms.