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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 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.