Short Poem Saturday – The Written Word

Today’s poem is another one from the poetry mystery folder. The credit for writing these snappy six lines of good advice has bounced around over the years, occasionally credited to Madeleine L’Engle or Elizabeth Yates. Both authors have cited the poem as inspiration, but there is no indication either of them wrote it. The first record of publication I could find was around 100 years ago, but otherwise the authorship remains obscure. I revisited my illustration for this poem: I decided I liked the medium of photocollage that I used in the original but wanted a more abstract take on it. Photos, collage, and composition by me.

Interested in helping to solve any of our other poetry mysteries? Information is always welcome!

dead center by Ann Atwood

In the Mohave by Patrick Orr

A Hallowe’en Haiku by Clement Hoyt 



    1. Thank you, Kerfe! (finally gotten around to tackling the comment queue!) This quatrain is another one for the mystery file in terms of authorship! I am beginning to feel like a “poetry investigator” 😉

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheldon! (getting caught up here on comments!) I felt it was a wise old bit of advice and I wanted to pair it with a digital/graffiti illustration.


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