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Notes to Self on Poetry Writing

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Notes to Self on Poetry Writing

Hiya,  Bin doodling some  lines over the 
last few weeks, decided to post to see if 
anyone shares my way of thinking .


       Notes to Self on Poetry Writing 

                On the beginning
Is easy as the first line hit’s the page
Then comes the falters of the language rage
Inspired in a flash then blunts the brain  
That blots the copy, leaves a filthy stain
How maddening, this crazy convolute
Contrived to keep all fixed and absolute

               On the desire
For drama free, add, ad nauseam
No good was ever written by the glum
Nor happy hearts whom on fair wind would sail
Is needed more, to face uncertain gale
The chopping of the heart, the soul left bare
Live life and then return, with truth to share

                On content
Oh yes be sure, unburden of that load
That weighs so heavy going down life’s road
Take care to leave no mystery unturned
Written well, then pleasure you have earned
Be Narcissus, Venus, maybe even Thor
But  for PS sake, never be a bore      

                  On ending
Confetti words strewn like varnished rain
Be set in place, the hordes  to entertain
By chance alone, one mortal you may reach
That has not read a very similar speech
Then as the final dash and dot, be penned
Be wondering, do I write or I pretend      

              On reviews
Would Poe, his patience short, be long remain?
No doubt, of me would slate and scream disdain
Or Shakespeare, even in his lightest mood
Describe my efforts as, criminally crude
And Pope, be sitting there with shaking head
His thought, I write this comment but with dread

Hahaha, much like you are now I expect.



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  1. Date: 11/6/2013 8:55:00 AM

    This was a good one. Sometimes I pretend to be happy when I'm blue, but sometimes life hits me and I write. I just hope I don't bore anyone with what I write. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 11/7/2013 2:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lol Lucy, You are never a bore my dear Lady, that was aimed directly at me haha, thanks for dropping by
  1. Date: 11/1/2013 1:02:00 AM

    Just read your reply on my comment. and now tis time for beddie bye!!! Hope you had a happy halloween!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 11/7/2013 2:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I not been about for a day or two, nice they are read thank you Petal
  1. Date: 10/31/2013 4:16:00 PM

    Hahaha, love your parting shot. Exactly the spot I'm at, bruv. Let's just say it's damned good. Thanks for the lesson, eloquent one. Licia :-)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 10/31/2013 7:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The less said about that spot the better Sis lol. I'll be over to get my next lesson in great writing from you again soon :):)
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 9:59:00 PM

    I like your humor, Richard. My favorite part: for PS sake, don't be a bore. Is PS short for Poetry Soup? That was great!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 10/31/2013 7:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hiya Petal, Yes PS is short for Poetry Soup, you got that right, some say poetry is all about hidden messages haha
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 9:49:00 AM

    PS I wish I could just "doodle some lines" and come up with stuff like this!! :) Hope you're having a good week so far:)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 10/30/2013 8:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This started by me just jotting down the odd couplet here and there as I was trying to write something lol, eventually I realised I could string them together and join up the dots. Not been a bad week so far thanks, hope yours is is going well
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 8:30:00 AM

    haha Richard, this has me smiling this morning.... very creative, and everything you've describe is so true!! lol "On the desire" kind of hit me... because, well, I don't live life... (other than kids, diaper changes, grocery shopping, laundry... which I suspect could get rather mundane) So that's probably why most of my poems are about dreams, fantasy and desire. I love the ending, on reviews hah... I loved the whole poem... a lot. Definitely going into favorites :)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 10/30/2013 8:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You saying on diapers reminds of an incident not long ago. I was round my sons place and his wife said the baby needs changing and looking at me, I replied, "Men don't like changing diapers", well, she went bananas lol, I was treated to a tirade of modern man and accused of being an 18th century man haha, I dunno, maybe I am
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 10/30/2013 8:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hiya Becca, I think you do live life, you can't tell me you've never faced uncertain gale and somehow got through it, we all have at time or another. I've had kids up to my waist for years and then g/kids, I sorta know how you feel haha. Pleased indeed you could connect with this write, makes me feel a whole lot better
  1. Date: 10/30/2013 4:41:00 AM

    I adored this write Mr. Seal...I am touched by your work and have nothing but commendation for you on these thoughts on poetry. Thank you for sharing with us! Your devoted fan....Auntie....

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 10/30/2013 8:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awwww a fan, to which I return the compliment. Not to be too serious, I wrote this tongue in cheek, just to see if others had similar feelings, though originally it din't start out as a poem, just notes. Thanks for your supportive comment.