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H-Town Ballad

Come and sit in the scorching sear
Put on a hat and pull out a beer

Hollar out a howdy and a y'all or two
Then smack at the squitos and tell them to shoo

Pull out a tent and let's go camping
Don't grab a trailer unless your glamping

Climb a tree or wade in a brook
Then go grab those dogs you've been waiting to cook

April, May, June, July
Hurricane season won't fly by

It will sit and sit and relieve itself
'Knock all the stuff off of your shelf

Then comes winter and no, no, no
Before you say it, it just won't snow

Big red Santa in a cowboy hat
Before you ask it he's the same less fat

Look around at this beautiful place
'Then wipe the salty sweat off your face

'Scratch your bites, tug your hat round your ears.'
This is my home and I love living here

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I love Houston ya'll!

Vivi
(Love hanging with my family of poets)

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I do adore this i have one question

Then go grab those dogs you've been waiting to cook------ do you cook the dog? lol i'm quite sure you don't but i will await your responce before i give my idea.

Thank you...Teddy

just seeing this
no dogs was short for hot dogs
and squitos is short for mosquitoes

Vivi
(Love hanging with my family of poets)

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i don't know how i could have ever missed the dog, fabulous and squitos i got straight away. love your title. good luck in the contest darling.

Thank you...Teddy

this one! i know what you mean by [dogs]. Ya'll mean Hot dogs or frankfurters. One of my favorite foods anytime of the year.
I like the two line rhyme and and all, but you don't have a title! This needs a title. ~ Geezer.
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Hotdogs oh yes, I didn't think, im british living in Florence, we forget the slang sometimes, Geezer is my knight!
Yes this is wonderful. Make sure it gets into the competition it's a really wonderful one. what you also need to do is find a title, make it deeply from your heart like the poem, because your rhyming and passion within this write is truly wonderful, its a competition entry for sure. Great work young lady. i am truly impressed

Thank you...Teddy

thanks any ideas for a title?

Vivi
(Love hanging with my family of poets)

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of title. Makes it sound rather hip and cool. H-Town. Very nice and good luck. ~ Geezer.
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that your piece is spoiled before it gets started with the first couplet being out of step with the rhyming scheme of the remainder Viviana. Perhaps:-

Come and sit in the scorching sear
Put on a hat and pull out a beer.

 

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Thanks for the critique I didn't see that at first.

Vivi
(Love hanging with my family of poets)

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Your stanza 5, line 1, could do with a couple more syllables. You are only using 5 followed by an 8 line. Nothing wrong with including 'May' as 1 and 'and' as the second. That way you are still keeping an odd number of syllables line followed by a perfect 8.

'April, May, June and July
Hurricane season won't fly by'

 

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ok thanks this is making it a lot better.

Vivi
(Love hanging with my family of poets)

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Stanza 9, L. 2 - A couple of syllables short I think:

'Then wipe the salty sweat off your face.'

Penultimate line - Maybe couple of syllables too long this time:

'Scratch your bites, tug your hat round your ears.'

In stanza 6, L. 2 - Why not try:-

'Knock all the stuff off of your shelf.'  ?  (It has a nice ring to it).  What do you think?

What a nuisance I am Vivi!

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This is changing my poem for the better. That's the whole point of it. I am getting critiqued. When you tell someone they need to change their work don't ever think you are a nuisance for doing it. The best people get built up from criticism and become something great. You're not the only one who has Critiqued me and I like the changes you're making to my poem.
(You are right Critique is a complement, It shows that others care so much about your work they want to help you make it better)

Vivi
(Love hanging with my family of poets)

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flows like champagne at a wedding now Vivi.

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Brava! It's such a delight to read.

Thank you...Teddy

Viviana,
What a fun poem! Your first line is very smooth and engaging! Loved the jargon and the unexpected run in with the word glamping:)

raffy

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