Poetry: Day Three


Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

The third day of poem-writing looms.

I wonder what’s the purpose is of poetry.

True: I am a writer; but not a poet.

I don’t know the theories or the patterns or the literature.

So I’m stuck with one notion only: that poems should express your feelings.

After listening to Luci Tapahonso read her poetry in Navajo country, I realized that she was telling stories.

Something we all do.

I will endeavor to tell stories in wee packages.

Here is Day Three’s entry:


Chocolate, vanilla and caramel:

Tucked in cartons.

Frozen treats

We split each evening

Spoonful by spoonful.

I leave town

For a few days.


And return to find

One lonely container.

And vanilla at that.


At least there’s something left.


A tablespoon at best.


And I share

After all.


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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1 Response to Poetry: Day Three

  1. Maria DePriest says:

    Love this poem! Keep on writing~


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