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THE ADJECTIVE IMPERATIVE

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Below is the poem entitled THE ADJECTIVE IMPERATIVE which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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THE ADJECTIVE IMPERATIVE

Circumvent, when you can, the adjective, 
Pen with precision, scribe, be selective, 
Art we should not excessively polish, 
Keep a mere sheen, then all glare abolish.  

One ripe descriptor nurtures a line,
Two can show a need for nouns more refined,
Ten modifiers proves the writer is green,
And twelve in two lines is somewhat obscene. 

Oh, there are many that earn high regard,     
But sweet hoists itself on its own petard, 
Decorous can charm, waggish may entice, 
wicked is too wicked, nice overtly nice. 

And yet, and yet, such darling words beckon,
A thesaurus holds a plethora, I reckon,
Some are as familiar as a friend’s hand,
Gentle and warm, simple to understand.

Once lackadaisical called out to me,
Abysmal crooked a finger almost smugly,
And that supercilious stuck out its tongue,
While senescent winked, played at being young. 

Then loud I silenced, insistent I hushed,
Gaudy I stripped and lazy I rushed,
Imposing I humbled, clingy I whelped,
Reckless I reasoned, lastly, lost I helped.

For these words are ribbons made of gold foil,
Across each bard’s page tempting adjectives coil,
So choose one perfect word, set it apart, 
then enshrine the others within your heart.

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  1. Date: 5/15/2013 2:41:00 PM
    Cute way to go for the contest..Great winning work..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 11:39:00 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS IN THE Synathroesmic Cat Contest. Have yourself a nice day ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 9:24:00 PM
    Nice job..congratulations

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 10:41:00 AM
    A lesson many of us need and the objective of the contest accomplished. Good job. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 5/13/2013 9:01:00 PM
    Cyndi, Congratulations, in "The Synathroesmic Cat Contest." take care*LINDA

  1. Date: 5/13/2013 7:28:00 PM
    Congratulations, Cyndi. Thank you for your wonderful poem in my Synothroesmic Cat Contest. Best wishes, SuZ

  1. Date: 5/3/2013 2:48:00 AM
    GREAT.GL xxx

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 10:51:00 PM
    In my last comment, I mentioned your love of adjectives in poetry(lol)....this post is an example of wot I was referring to. Btw, I checked-out the blog you mentioned, and the comparison might be a bit too kind, but I'll take it(Ha!). I might not watch television(my daughter and I watch movies on DVD and in the theatres, because we are movie buffs -- my daughter gets TV time at her friend's places and at "grandma's"). I have watched my fair share of television, and remember Northern Exposure.

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 10:16:00 PM
    impeccably imperative! Brava!