The Family has a Poet

By Toni Kief




by Toni Kief



There are rules to poetry, they don’t​​ always​​ apply to poets. ​​ Not limited to the dreamer who wrestles the mother tongue into beauty and angst bringing a tear to the reader’s eye. ​​ It is a genetic flaw that causes the odd knucklehead to tell and retell a story until it is honed with an unexpected twist.​​ 


We have to look into the heart of the poet to understand that every family has one.​​ 


The describer of lost causes, bringing pen to paper or making the keyboard groan is the obvious example. ​​ Poets cannot be caged with a simplistic definition; they harbor a heart that must create for no other reason. ​​ They refuse to be limited by a thousand forms.  ​​​​ So with rhythm and rhyme a song becomes eternal. ​​ Another will share the same song with a stretch and leap spinning and embodying the magnificent serenade. ​​ The painter of the soul composes in color and clay, to narrate a ballad in static form. ​​ The goal to etch life stories into an eternal design.​​ 


Your family has a poet.​​ 


A physical sonnet in the epic of sport adds grit to the expanding definition. The lyrical brilliance of impermanence celebrates the kitchen genius. Encouraged past the limits of propriety a quip, with humor and sarcasm steps with the brilliant clown offering laughter to the human condition. ​​ The genius of dirt carves romance from the cacophony of nature. Nurturing a silent personal poem of a rose.  ​​​​ The bard who had the improbable inspiration to slice a stone into brilliance and sets it into crowns. Only made more glorious the sparkling verse dazzles with the rhapsody of linen and lace. ​​ Everything that is done to fulfill the artisan’s soul no matter how obscure is poetry. ​​ 


You are the poem in a family of poets. ​​ 






About The Author

Toni Kief, a child of the 60s, Midwestern by birth, Northwestern by choice, Toni challenges the boundaries for women of a certain age. After a long career as an insurance adjuster, she fell into writing through a challenge from a friend. She has released her first book, Old Baggage, with two others in the grinder. Toni never dated Mick Jagger, but marched for civil rights, shared bread with icons of politics and art. She is spending her retirement, gathering stories prime for embellishment. Writing has taught her inspiration without perspiration is just a good idea.