A poem must stir our emotions,
Like the storms churning in the oceans
Like the fiery lava flowing downhill,
And just not be any run-of-the-mill.
It must tug at the reader's heart
And grip him good from the start,
Let him not idle, purr or whimper
But gulp it down hook, line and sinker!
However you may rough-hew the lines,
Or trip over the dreaded syllables mines;
Matter not if it's an epigram or a sonnet -
Did it make someone smile, cry or fret?