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The Question

We knew you’d write a poem, they said
And I’d, of course, complied.
My rhyming seems to be the way
I’m oft identified.

We all carve a persona
Other people recognize.
It’s comforting to know the way
We’re seen through others’ eyes.

Yet expectations raise the bar
And leave us little choice.
Our friends and family want to hear
That old familiar voice.

For me, I’m just as happy
Doing that which is expected.
If I did otherwise, I think
Surprise would be reflected.

And yet I wonder what they’d feel
If I would write in prose - 
Relief or disappointment?
That’s the question, I suppose.

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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 7:46:00 PM
    You could write about ANYTHING!!! as evidenced by your poetry rhythms and rhymes, and I feel sure you would excel at writing prose too. I know you value your identity as all of us here do, but what the hell! spread your wings!!! Waiting in anticipation... Keith

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 5:54:00 PM
    Just sooo glad to expect. :)

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 10:55:00 PM
    Interesting question! I'm always up for trying new things... and I try my best to be unexpected when it comes to writing. Still as long as you enjoy what you do it's what really matters... rhyming, prose, haiku, stories... it's all art and creativity to me!

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 6:23:00 PM
    Ilene...I'm sure you'd rock any form. You are gifted. Try it! I have...and often I stick to the tried and true, but sometimes it's nice to spread my wings! I for one, always expect a fantastic read! :) Hugs!

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 2:59:00 PM
    Give it a try and see?! I cant imagine they would be disappointed, not the way you write. BG

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 12:05:00 PM
    lol, witty and well-written, as ever

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 10:13:00 AM
    - Ilene, never worry about what others think and expect - You are your own "boss" about your choice. - A very good poem. - Have a lovely weekend, Ilene - looking forward to next poem. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)