“Here’s A Poem” by Jack Grapes

Jack Grapes

Here’s a poem that has not
been revised or rewritten
or read aloud or cut
or extended or given to a lover.
Here’s a poem that
has no code word, no
name for something else,
no intended meaning,
no axe to grind.
Here’s a poem inconsequential
as a thumbtack.
Give me a penny for it
and you’ve overpaid.
Lose it and it’s still there
for all that it was worth.
Here’s a poem less than
twenty lines.
Defend it.

Jack Grapes

from his book “Trees, Coffee and the Eyes of Deer”

All Rights Reserved

© 1987


  1. lkthayer · January 6, 2010

    I must confess ‘short ‘poems’ are my favorite, maybe I have a short attention span or because to me, they pack the most one-two punch & I like to be punched by poems. I love the last line “Defend it”, it just kicks it into place. xoxo LK 🙂

  2. Lordy · January 6, 2010

    Yes I really like this! Give me 20 lines and I will give you change!

  3. Adesh Kaur · January 9, 2010

    Wow! It gets deeper and deeper with every reading. I love this poem, Jack. Powerful, simple, and means what it means… and then more.

  4. bldherenow · August 24, 2010

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