a poetry post written by me

About my mother

She’s been writing poetry for as long as I can remember.  When my family moved to Traverse, she corresponded on a regular basis, penning her letters in rhyme.  Oh, before I continue, my mother just tuned 80.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

Back to poetry

Personally, I never understood poetry.  Never wanted too.  Just don’t have the patience to read that deeply into the written word. Besides, I don’t have time for that much thinking.  That’s actually a good thing.  Sometimes, thinking and me don’t get along

A few years back, I visited Chicago and stayed at the Weston downtown.  Every employee’s badge displayed their name and a fun, one word ‘identifier’ about that individual’s hobbies and/or life.  The front desk clerk was Alana – poet.  We struck up a conversation about writing.  You could tell I was on vacation because I actually ‘struck up’ a discussion with a stranger.  Normally, I avoid idle conversation.  Sometimes, conversation and me don’t get along.   Anyway, she asked me about writer’s block.  I stated I never made time for the damn thing.  “When you are writing a four hundred page novel at 5am and you just can’t think,” I answered.  “I would jot down my intentions, paraphrasing what I wanted to happen at that point in the story line  and  … move on to the next scene.” For me that worked.  For poet writing a three line haiku – it doesn’t.  That poem only has 17 SYLLABLES.  Writer’s block is a bit more intense with 17 syllables.  The existence of one word CAN change the entire interpretation of a poem.  Way too much pressure for me.  Like I mentioned earlier – I’m not that deep.

Different Types of Poems – 

  • Sonnet – a short rhyming poem with 14 lines. The original sonnet form was invented in the 13/14th century by Dante and an Italian philosopher named Francisco Petrarch. The form remained largely unknown until it was found and developed by writers Shakespeare.
  • Limerick  – a five-line witty poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first, second and fifth lines, the longer lines, rhyme. The third and fourth shorter lines rhyme. (A-A-B-B-A).
  • Haiku – Haiku’s are composed of 3 lines, each a phrase. The first line typically has 5 syllables, second line has 7 and the 3rd and last line repeats another 5. In addition there is a seasonal reference included.
  • Free Verse – A Free Verse Poem does not follow any rules. Their creation is completely in the hands of the author.  There is no right or wrong way to create a Free Verse poem.

And my favorite –

  • the Emotion poem – no comment. (sarcasm intended)

There were a total of fifteen different types.  See why I have no patience for poetry?  Me.  I would honor traditional poetry formats.  This IS Dante and Shakespeare, okay? That’s some good, serious shit.  Then, I  would lump all that  ‘New Age poetry attempts at self-expression‘ into Free Verse and call it a day.  The emotion poem. .. .  Let’s just say it would experience a deep sense of … loss.

parting thought

Sometimes, slamming poetry and me DO get along.

poetry slam skit


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