Poetry is psychoanalytic treatment

(poem 11 of 32)

My poetry will be eternal
My poetry continues me and publishes me
Poetry declares my existence
Poetry also cures me
Poetry also complicates me and messes up my way
Poetry is a place to return to
Poetry is intellectual energy
Poetry is catharsis
Poetry is a border and a place to be free

Poetry is a garden of words and a forest of symbols
Poetry is a passion, an obsession
Poetry is a quiet stream, a scarf of dream
Veiling the literal, the light, the everyday
Poetry is a curse and a gift too
A curse because you think you are unique, and indeed you are
Poetry is a religious sect and a sort of prayer
I may talk to you, to her or to myself
But essentially I address the Lord

Translated from the Hebrew by the author, © 1996 Ella Bat-Tsion, http://osher.in