if i ponder

If I Ponder

The question of whether or not we can truly understand others (let alone ourselves) is one that might not be grappled with on a daily basis, but is often in the back of our minds, influencing the decisions we make. Where do we find truth and how do we come to terms with the scars formed from searching for answers?

If I ponder A Question

To read a poem inside a

poem, trying to echo voice

looking at what another said

I mean sit down and really look

Can you truly see me?

Words are written on the page in

a frenzy, thoughts spill out the

question posed, gazing at the stars


I am not confident they will tell

the truth so  I look inside me

Is it possible to truly

know all the thoughts men

will voice over coffee of

all the poems written on earth


Powerful two letters holds all

we have ever pondered in the

cosmos, we tremble soul-and-body

lingering on what-ifs scars

There are many people who were

consumed contemplating verse, not

one poet questioned life or love too


If Rudyard Kipling failed to

write of more what loss we’d pay

searching echoes to answer for

the confidence of birth

A Question

A voice said, Look me in the stars

And tell me truly, men of earth,

If all the soul-and-body scars

Were not too much to pay for birth.

Robert Frost

Author’s Note

This is a golden shovel. My first attempt at the form I wrote in April 2014 for national poetry month. It was posted on my poetry blog for NaPoWriMo.

Veronica Hosking is a wife, mother and poet.  She lives in the desert southwest with her husband and her soon to be de-nested children.  Her family and day job, cleaning the house, serve as inspiration for most of her poetry. She was the poetry editor for MaMaZina magazine 2006-2011.  Spikier Spongier appeared in Stone Crowns magazine November 2013. Desperate Poet was posted on the Narrator International website and reprinted in Poetry Nook February 2014. Silver Birch Press has published several of her poems upon first accepting Rain Drops in the Half New Year poetry collection July 2014. Veronica keeps a poetry blog at http://vhosking.wordpress.com.

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