Sects: You All in the Course



Boxed up
like rats
in convenient categories
like you’re dropped in vats

on the course
like a maze,
glaze on your eyes
like you just go phase to phase.

Everyone knows what I’m saying
but not all will admit it,
unless they know there’s something better
where people aren’t pitted.

But since that seems so far off,
though it is not,
they’d rather drink that sour beer
like the brain on gut-rot.

I know for a fact
there is something that is not thought
that is right where you stand
and cannot be sought.


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Nathan Bernardo

I've been writing poetry since I was a teenager, which was back in the early 1980s. I've studied poetry a bit, have learned form, meter, alliteration, things like that; but mostly I just let it flow. Though academics tend to think rhyme is contrived, and it often is, I still use it. I think poetry is rhythm and sound. If it sounds good when you read it out loud, then it's good poetry. I think I admire E. E. Cummings the most out of the great poets; because of his totally unorthodox approach. For substance, I like Walt Whitman. For rhythm, I like Edgar Allan Poe. For the raw stuff, I like Ginsberg. I also like a little Dylan Thomas. As for my own writing, I like to explore deeper feelings but feelings that have broad meaning too. Hope to share some of that meaningful writing here.

4 thoughts on “Sects: You All in the Course

  • April 10, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Nathan, it is wonderful to see you back here. Thanks for the visit and the great poem. I especially like that last verse – to open our eyes and look within ourselves will take us out of those boxed up categories. Well done. Come back again soon. We have missed you.

    • April 10, 2021 at 6:18 PM

      I’ve missed you guys too and it’s good to be back. Thanks, Phyllis.

  • April 12, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    I box myself into the labels found in “Professionalism” and others found in the working world. It is hard not to be keenly aware of the almost grotesque manner in which we label ourselves know-a-days. I mean in my opinion at least. Great thought provoking poetry. Jamie

    • April 12, 2021 at 8:39 PM

      Exactly. Thanks, Jamie!


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