The Finch Pool

The Finch Pool

A Poem by Delmar Cooper
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The folly of planning

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The Finch Pool

The storm was a fact, but..
Later, after the fact, there was talk
Talk of God's larger plan
God planned the bird bath in my living room?
I wish He'd planned on bringing it through the door
Rather than the ceiling.
My father spoke of larger plans
The Big Picture, he called it.
On the ship, even on the landing craft, it was God's plan
On the beach?
Eisenhower's.
I have no plan at all
but to slake the thirst of birds.

© 2014 Delmar Cooper



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Delmar Cooper
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A very interesting poem. I get the tone of doubt while the writer is assured by others that all of this is God's plan. Bringing it around to the bird bath again at the end is interesting. I'm not sure if I get the entire meaning, but I feel that the speaker is comparing his or her feeble and small plans with the large and even destructive plans of God.
Is Eisenhower a reference to Normandy? Is the speaker arguing with the father about whether the landing was God's plan or man's?
Good style. A good poem does keep the reader guessing for a time. Also very effective use of punctuation, enhancing the pacing of the poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

9 Months Ago

Thanks for reading.
Joel Crow asks:
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I like this poem. You cover a lot of ground here and effectively combine philosophy with facts. Well written too!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is brilliant. Questioning God but with deference. If God had only let you know the birds needed water, you could have carried buckets and tubs. It is good to read you.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

9 Months Ago

Emily, thank you for your interesting interpretation. You are very nice to comment and I appreciate.. read more
I really enjoyed this poem, especially the tone. It flows very well and is thought-provoking!

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Delmar Cooper

9 Months Ago

I am much obliged for your kind words.
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I like the imagery. The bird bath coming through the roof is a trifle to close to the bone after this last hurricane season but I dig the riff.
The juxtaposition of The Almighty's plans to Ike's tickled me.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

9 Months Ago

Thanks for reading it. "Poetry" is what I do while I'm waiting for the story bus.
A very interesting poem. I get the tone of doubt while the writer is assured by others that all of this is God's plan. Bringing it around to the bird bath again at the end is interesting. I'm not sure if I get the entire meaning, but I feel that the speaker is comparing his or her feeble and small plans with the large and even destructive plans of God.
Is Eisenhower a reference to Normandy? Is the speaker arguing with the father about whether the landing was God's plan or man's?
Good style. A good poem does keep the reader guessing for a time. Also very effective use of punctuation, enhancing the pacing of the poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

9 Months Ago

Thanks for reading.
Joel Crow asks:
"Is Eisenhower a reference to Normandy? Is the spe.. read more
I love the imagery and the tone of this poem. I really feel like this is a bold statement to the unquestionable plan God always seem to have.

I honestly rate poems based on how it's expressed. From my experience with poetry, there are a myriad of way to do so. Poetry is artistic honesty, colorful truths, beautiful mistakes, a language of blurred lines.

I appreciate it in any narrative, as long as it isn't lifeless words.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

9 Months Ago

Thank you for your kind words and generous review. I have no pretentions about my "poetry". I writ.. read more
this is different, but I like it, makes sense. Ilike the part "On the ship, even on the landing craft, it was God's plan" nicely done

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

9 Months Ago

Thanks, I appreciate that.
Good plan. Sorry about the ceiling.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Hmm, interesting way of looking at it.
God's renovating our home a little bit. :)

Posted 3 Years Ago


I like this, I think it evokes thoughts we all have about God's larger plan when disasters happen, or wars or ugly things, but we still go on to "slake the thirst of birds" very nice, I like the way the lines flow.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

3 Years Ago

We had a pair of storms here a few years ago that rearranged the landscape. this was a response to .. read more

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Delmar Cooper
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Trussville, AL



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