Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dollar Store Poems

not every poem is elegant
not every one’s a gem
may not even be relevant
but how can I condemn

if words are weak
or meter’s wrong
in crazy speak
it drags along

is poetry just for the rich
to read and pick apart and bitch
or is it also for us fools
who never went to high-priced schools

nor learned the rules made way back when
by so called educated men
men you’d think could have done better
than to start a word with a silent letter

are the thoughts less viable
’cuz the words are unreliable
is the message we are selling
watered down because of spelling

will it affect my disposition
to end a sentence with a preposition
I think that I’m okay with that
but wondering where you all are at


  1. Touché!! Spelling, perfect form and meter can all fall by the way. To me, it's the heart of the poem that counts--does it speak to me or touch me somehow? And I would rather a poem I can understand, than one spoken in abstracts and big fancy words that everyone 'oohs' and 'ahhs' over but has no clue what the writer is really saying!! Excellent point in this Charlie, thanks for sharing.

  2. I love this!..I feel the same way. I am a high school graduate with one year of college..but I have a heart for poetry and love to write it.

  3. I like the message that you conveyed. Interesting read. I never went to a high priced school to learn how to write poetry. But I write from the heart; which is priceless! It is more meaning, all those rules that are sometimes placed in poetry are chains; barriers.

    Erick Flores

  4. Great rhyming poem.You write well. Thanks for visiting Poetic Ocean and your encouraging comment. For me English is a second language and I Teach it to Master level students but abroad no one believes me since I am not a native. So I guess its OK

  5. Loved the poem, It speaks about writing a poem itself. Ya, there are so many rules to be followed while writing a poem. But there's no harm in trying nonetheless.
    Thank you for vising my blog and for the encouragement.

  6. Have no fear, I think we (mostly all) are one with you - or am I living in a fool's paradise?

  7. I agree with your sentiment, but also noticed you said it with very strong rhythm and rhyme. Well done you.

  8. YES! I'm all for breaking rules when it comes to poetry/prose ;-) Fun write!

  9. @Other Mary...true about the rhythm and rhyme but I did end it with a preposition

  10. Brilliantly put! I've been wondering about much of that (though less structured than you) for a long time!!! *smile* Love this!