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Poetic Essentials

To enchant the eye and tickle the tongue
with levels of nuance like well-aged wine.
To engage the ear and limber the lungs
as sea winds seasoned with fragrance of brine

To hearten the soul or tear it apart
To start with a sigh and end with a gasp
To sharpen the mind and quicken the heart
To aim one's reach to outdistance the grasp

To roar like a lion and ever stand fast
To bring out smiles and mitigate pain
To tell the legends of histories past
and learn their mistakes, not do them again

Pick out a line and if you can do one 
you're starting to be a poet, my son

© May 26, 2015


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  1. Date: 6/12/2015 1:08:00 PM

    Roy, even when you have a similar philosophy you're completely unique.. Your a true gift to this site and I salute you for another wonderful win!
  1. Date: 6/9/2015 12:08:00 PM

    Roy. Congratulations **SKAT**
  1. Date: 6/9/2015 5:53:00 AM

    Every single line is a poem within itself; absolutely BURSTING with insight and wisdom...BIG congrats my friend! - Tim
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 10:33:00 PM

    Wow, what can one say, this is beauty and wisdom weaved with very humble and inspiring verse, need I say this in A7?
  1. Date: 5/27/2015 1:06:00 PM

    :) Sometimes when you read a truly unique piece you just have to smile. I really like how you've laid this out.
  1. Date: 5/27/2015 6:09:00 AM

    I like this sonnet, Roy. Yes, you are right, a poem does many things both for the writer and the reader. I believe you have covered many of the essentials here. A 7 and a fav. Kim
  1. Date: 5/27/2015 12:55:00 AM

    enjoyed your write ... *always, S.K.A.T.
  1. Date: 5/26/2015 11:25:00 PM

    Roy, your sonnet does all that you mention at the bottom of your write, and more.. Really delighted in this read!