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I Wanna Write a Short Poem

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I Wanna Write a Short Poem

I wanna write a short poem - 
Eliminate the fluff - 
But somehow just a few lines
Don't ever seem enough.

I wanna write succinctly
And chop down to the core,
Yet all the words I whittle
Keep coming back for more.

I wanna squeeze my meaning
Into just a verse or two,
Though when I reach that threshold,
My poem is not quite through.

I wanna grab that reader
Whose patience may wear thin;
Convince him that the ending's 
Close to where he'll first begin.

I wanna write a short poem.
Alas, I cannot do it;
For here, five verses later,
I see I really blew it.

Still, when my poem is finished
I peruse it and I see
That it sounds just like it should
And that's the perfect length for me!

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  1. Date: 12/27/2012 4:55:00 PM
    This one makes the reader want to keep reading forever. Perfect in every way ilene. Love the subject matter. You always seem to find such insightful things to say about even the most obscure things. Love it!

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 2:05:00 PM
    LOL, Your poems are perfect and I love each one. I would like to write much longer poems / But write one stanza maybe two / Then quickly lose my train of thought / And don't know what to do / So I simply slap a title on it / And start another one anew.

  1. Date: 12/25/2012 7:09:00 PM
    I LOVE it. And gosh, it would even fit into that "excuses" contest (unless there is a requirement that you have to use the word excuse inside your poem) I love how you just keep going and going as if your excuse is the rationalization! and in my opinion. Your poems are JUST the right size.

  1. Date: 12/25/2012 11:55:00 AM
    Hilarious!... Keep up the great pen!

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 10:55:00 AM
    Wow!Very nice Ilene.Your 5th stanza could be a short poem itself----I wanna write a short poem/ Alas, I cannot do it/ For here, four lines later/ tell me how to stop it--------:))