Ed’s Top Ten Favorite March Madness Poetry 2013 Poems: #4

This also comes a day late, but here is #4 on my list of Top Ten Favorite Poems of #MMPoetry 2013 (despite being now only THREE days away from #MMPoetry 2014!). This was the hardest decision that I had to make in Round 3. I could have made a case for either poem, but I’m hesitant to rehash that debate now …

By Marileta Robinson

When I defend with certitude
A certain point of view
And justify my attitude
That I know more than you
By pointing out the facts I’ve found
That clearly build my case
And vehemently stand my ground
and put you in your place
And fortify my argument
With discourse loud and long
That’s passionate and eloquent—
It usually means I’m wrong.


If only everyone in the world would ponder that poem for awhile. Click here to see this poem as it originally appeared in #MMPoetry 2013, where you can also read a great poem by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, too.

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  • Allan Wolf

    This poem is a real keeper. Well written. Well paced. Rim-shot ending. And universal truth. Near perfection!

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    I heartily agree with Allan. This is a poem to be proud of and enjoyed thoroughly.

  • BJ Lee

    hahaha! Excellent and so true!

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Well played, Marileta!

  • Matt Forrest

    What Allan said! Love this.

  • Jeanne Poland

    I’m certain Marileta said it all and rhymed it well while running back and forth with torch held loftily afire.
    Olympic fare!

  • Damon Dean

    Perfect symptoms of certainty. Great poem.

  • Dave Crawley

    The best thing about MMP…aside from cradling the vaunted Thinkier trophy for a year…is the fact that we write poems we never would have otherwise composed. This one is super!

    • Marileta Robinson

      That is so true–and thanks for all your comments!

  • Buffy Silverman

    Love the way this poem builds to that perfect twist at the end!

  • Liana Mahoney

    Exactly what Allan said. Great work, Marileta!