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Wild and Without Rules - February Contest

I'd hardly last a day,
a week at most, I'd say.

Without a rule or two,
my life would go to poo.

That "Do Not Remove" label?
Remains firmly on the table.

That "Hand Wash Only" garment?
No machine will ever harm it!

I will not step on a sidewalk crack
and cause the break of someone's back.

To get my wish, I'll never tell
when tossing pennies in the well.

Poor grammar, I could not forgive!
I would never split an infinitive!

I ask for nothing without "Please."
I simply must have rules like these.

I very seldom bend a rule,
but "Never Say Never!" - I am no fool.

I've honored rules since I was a small child.
Perhaps, just maybe, it's time I go wild.


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Structured: Western
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I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
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My entry for the February wild and no rules camaraderie!
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Not Explicit Content


Well said, and I don't think you've got too wild. This is a poem that should be framed that teenagers would read and follow in every house dearest Lavender.

BTW, I don't think labeling the poem as free verse is not so wise, or perhaps you are breaking the poetry rules?:,-)


Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words
........Robert Frost☺

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A fun write for what I think is a very fun contest! Bravo to whomever freed the poetry Muse in us all!
Oops! Absotively not free verse! I'll change that!
Thank you for reading and commenting!

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I agree that "I go wild" sounds much better!
Thank you for helping me!

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It sounds like your son is a gem! A little "please" goes a long way. I will bounce your suggestion around a bit out loud. Thank you so much for helping with this!

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The same to YOU, and to all the entrants! What fun!

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I've read your two-page entry - I think it is fantastic and will visit and comment more! There is so much below the surface within its run-on frenzy that needs to be dug out! I'm really enjoying it! Now, as far as rules - some listed here in the poem are silly - don't step on a crack... I do find myself thinking of these types of rules a lot, though, and thus birthed this poem. I've often thought that rules were created for all simply to try to make sure everyone is treated fairly, but of course that doesn't always happen. And I wonder - if there were no rules for poetry, would everyone be a poet - or would no one be a poet? Hmm...
Thank you!

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Well said!

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Perhaps, the wild child has finally broken her own rules? I think mayhap, you need some lessons, take a gander at the rules and don't be chicken! Good stuff, but you can do better! ~ Geez.

It seems that the days and hours that people
are available for chatroom are staggered and
not a good match for most everyone. How about
if everyone just shows up at the door, whenever
they have a few free minutes?

You callin' me a chicken?! Them's fightin' words! I am ready for my lessons! Bring it on, Geezer!

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Lavender, what a fun entry! That "garment"/"harm it" rhyme is brilliant!
Could be the pace I'm reading it at, or that I'm stressing it incorrectly, but "hand wash only" garment seems to flow better to me.
Love the execution of the wishing well and rule-bending lines:)
Very fun, good luck!:)


I am going to use your wonderful suggestion. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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