I find myself mentioning poetry or poetic form when I talk about writing lately. For me this is odd. I know I am not a poet and never hope to gain that title. I rarely if ever even read poetry. It goes even deeper when I think of my time in college (this was the time after I was discharged from the Marines (honorably)). This was the semester of claiming to be an English major. The creative writing class I took was with the head of the English department, his name escapes me.
I can remember more details about the man himself than I ever will about his name. We could attribute it to my inability to remember names most of the time but with the impact of the memories I have of him I doubt that is it. He was a hipster long before they were even conceived, so yes, it was long before they were cool.
I suffered through this class, one I had originally had high hopes for. You have to picture some of the people present. There was one guy who refused to use capital letters because he felt no letter deserved more recognition than any other. There was another person who had issues with abbreviations because words didn't deserve to be treated in such a way.
This instructor, he understood little of prose; prose was not where he spent his time. But he did have a passion for poetry. Most of the class revolved around poetic metre. There is one line that stands with me today and it sums up any big function I see. I can't remember the poet or even the poem it comes from and I don't think this is even the first line but I love it just the same. The poem was about some official proclamation or some such. Here is the line "The mayor was there with his Grand Whereas's."
Isn't it odd how something so simple can stick with you? Is there a line from or thought from an unlikely place that you carry with you?