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  • When Poets Write Right : "Understanding" Poetry Contest Entry

    WHEN POETS WRITE RIGHT

    I never really understood

    why teachers used to yammer
    when I turned in a paper that
    defied the laws of grammar.
    But now when I submit my verse
    reviewers are demanding
    much more than rhyme and meter to
    enhance their understanding.

    Though poets have some latitude,
    some license, some permission
    (I’ve heard, at sentence end, one might
    slip in a preposition!)
    It’s time to learn the parts of speech
    I think I might be using
    and those devices, deemed to drive
    all prime poetic musing.

    I never met a metaphor -
    well, not that I recall -
    unless one overflew my head
    dressed in disguise and all.
    And silly me, some simile
    As like as not I’ll need.
    Add adverbs to my list of lacks.
    I’ll learn them well, with speed.

    Some participle might slip past,
    leave phrasing in a tangle.
    Please tell me true when that’s the case.
    I hate to let things dangle.
    Some nouns, I’ve found, are quite renowned
    when properly they’re treated.
    And some grow into gerunds, though
    from Haiku they’re deleted.

    Yes, interject conjunctions, but,
    with commas, be diffuse.
    It’s hard to keep a rhythm, when,
    in use, they are profuse.
    I understand that which I need
    to make things clear for you.
    It’s time to write some poems from
    the thoughts I’ll delve into.
    Last edited by Wendy-Bird; 01-14-2015, 01:56 PM.

  • #2
    Very effective and entertaining!

    Yes, interject conjunctions, but,
    with commas, be diffuse.
    It’s hard to keep a rhythm, when,
    in use, they are profuse.

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    • Wendy-Bird
      Wendy-Bird commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks for the read and review and for including a favorite part. It helps me with future writing - Wendy

  • #3
    Hi Wendy, I second D.F. Witty and fun to read.

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    • Wendy-Bird
      Wendy-Bird commented
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      Yes you were second and I thank you for agreeing with D.F. Witty's kind comments.

  • #4
    First rate! I enjoyed it from several different angles. Kudos!

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    • Wendy-Bird
      Wendy-Bird commented
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      Hi starkraven. I would love to know the paths the piece led you down, if you have the time. Thanks for making the effort to review this. - Wendy
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