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Bad Poetry Blues

I've read so much bad poetry
Plenty of it my own,
I’m guilty of most of these missteps

Stop using ten-dollar words
to impress with your vocabulary
And please, spend a moment
checking your spelling!

Rhyming is fine in limited doses
Using it too many times
makes me prefer trichinosis

I want to find you, to see who you are
and feel your tales, your thoughts,
and see your images in words

Our poems are like journal entries along our paths
If you agree, please don't be up to mischief
abusing the English language, or our dear readers
Don't lose your message behind poor grammar
or in stanzas only you can decipher

Tell me your story, your feelings
Let me see your vision
in the beautiful simplicity of clarity

Review Request (Intensity): 
I appreciate moderate constructive criticism
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What did you think of my title?
How was my language use?
What did you think of the rhythm or pattern or pacing?
How does this theme appeal to you?
How was the beginning/ending of the poem?
Is the internal logic consistent?
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for most of your perspective
My own is quite reflective.
However, you don't see
That in some poetry
A poet's heart may sing
The truest in rhyming.
It is the power
It is the song
'Twon't be an hour
Where it is wrong.
My own heart's call
And truest mime
Is when my all
Is writ in rhyme.
This is The End.

"To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's true aim." Oscar Wilde

“I might not rhyme
like others would—
in your mind.

But at the end,
I promise—
I'll make sense to you.”

― Rafy Rohaan

Michael Anthony

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I hear you Teddy, thanks! I don't mind keeping a dictionary handy if a poem is using a word I don't know because it's the right word at the right time, but not if someone is flexing their vocabulary skills to impress.

I even like a bit of rhyming poetry too (in fact, I always like it when my own writing has the occasional rhyme), but using it too much begins to be grating, for me.


Michael Anthony

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