Poetry is psychoanalytic treatment

(poem 11 of 32)

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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