Poem introduction

I'll end with a poem which, quite often, when I give a poetry reading, I end with - I don't quite know why, it seems to be a sort of little credo of mine.

Simple Poem

Simple Poem

I shall make it simple so you understand.
Making it simple will make it clear for me.
When you have read it, take me by the hand
As children do, loving simplicity.

This is the simple poem I have made.
Tell me you understand. But when you do
Don't ask me in return if I have said
All that I meant, or whether it is true.


from Selected Poems (Enitharmon, 1997), copyright © Anthony Thwaite 1997, used by permission of the author

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