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Ode To Miss Charlotte

Ode to Miss Charlotte

I read about some verbal wars
That brew among some poets.
It’s fought between the ‘know-it-alls’
And those who just don’t know it.

I came upon your essay
On this sacred hallowed site
And after reading what you said
I am convinced you’re right.

Man, in his poetry must apply
 Some elementary rules
Lest those who seek our legacy
Will think we all were fools.

Who makes the rules by which we write
May always tease our minds
But poets’ hearts will always be
The source of all we leave behind.

Haikus are a special breed
But we’ve known all along
That Japanese write differently
Yet sing their haunting songs.

So, let life stand and judge me 
As I travel the poets’ road
While I’ve not only butchered haikus,
I have devastated odes.

Author’s note: Listed below are some of my posts that will clarify some confusion.. Jake
On Raisin’ Haikus, Haiku Hell, Haiku Shoppe, Haiku Town Dog, Haikuville, Haiku Hash, Haiku Omelet (1 and 2), Haiku Hound

Written by: John Posey 10/05/13
Inspired by: Haiku Fanatics, a poem by Charlotte Puddifoot


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  1. Date: 7/28/2014 11:51:00 AM

    Like the rhythm of this one and the self depreciating musing at the end. :-)
  1. Date: 5/31/2014 10:56:00 AM

    Loved the poem... But I won't judge... just enjoy your work...
  1. Date: 5/26/2014 12:37:00 PM

    I hope the wifey is recuperating fine. My prayers are with you both.
  1. Date: 5/26/2014 9:06:00 AM

    Hi John, missed reading from you.
  1. Date: 5/25/2014 8:20:00 AM

    Good Morning John, I hope all is well. It has been a long time since you have posted.
  1. Date: 5/13/2014 3:28:00 PM

    Joh I feel the same way.... I write how I feel and I don't care about rhyming .. I don't understand free verse.. I just write.. I write for me... I love your poetry... it makes sense to me hus Brooke
  1. Date: 5/13/2014 2:40:00 PM

    I enjoyed this well-written poem. Great read.
  1. Date: 5/13/2014 1:20:00 PM a Poet, I have always written of what and how I think. There are those that will understand and relate and those who don't will berate....enjoyed..
  1. Date: 5/13/2014 12:36:00 PM

    Exceptional write, took some guts/time. CSW
  1. Date: 5/13/2014 11:28:00 AM

    Awesome write... :)
  1. Date: 3/29/2014 7:50:00 PM

    Hey Jake....coming round to say hi and check on ya...looking for a new poem....God bless my friend...
  1. Date: 3/19/2014 5:14:00 PM

    Hi Jake you write with such truth and emotion. A very well written truth. Connie
  1. Date: 2/17/2014 11:19:00 AM

    Dear Jake. This poem rules!! 7* Inspiration doesn't come with a rule book! You said it and I listened! My best, chuck
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 5:30:00 PM

    Hey Jake, long time no read. My bad. Like your take on the drama scene. Always nice to see some trying to lighten the mood. Hope you're wintering well. Now I'd better go see what inspired this.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 8:32:00 AM

    I like this Ode, I also appreciate your humor.
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 4:19:00 PM

    What a great poem. Its nice reading your piece once again. Keep on writing please.
  1. Date: 1/14/2014 6:10:00 AM

    A fine Ode and congratulations on the win, John
  1. Date: 1/13/2014 2:24:00 PM

    JOHN, :) CONGRATS.... Love ~ SKAT~
  1. Date: 1/4/2014 9:08:00 AM

    Nice poem
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 1:33:00 AM

    oh, and wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. My sister is having that same surgery that you had, but in the new year. I guess my family is prone to knee problems. UGGG. Hope not me. I had a heck of a time with shoulder therapy three years ago and never want to go thru therapy again!!
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 1:32:00 AM

    john, I look forward to these new poems that you say you are having ideas for. May your new year be prosperous, especially for poetry!!
  1. Date: 12/24/2013 3:16:00 AM

    John--Dropping by with SMILES and CHRISTMAS CHEERS. Thank You for making this a great year for ALL OF US. --- May magic fill your days and all your dreams come true this holiday season. MERRY CHRISTMAS <3 Love Linda -The Sweetest Poet Destroyer
  1. Date: 11/30/2013 11:17:00 AM

    I actually was able to sing the verse very nice
  1. Date: 11/28/2013 10:50:00 AM

    I enjoyed this ode to Charlotte. I checked out her "Haiku Fanatics" and it's fantastic, as is this one. Well done, Jake. Licia :-)
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 1:40:00 PM

    love this witty write
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 9:16:00 PM

    Hey Jake...I know I've butchered a few...just love the challenge of few words painting a picture..this is a great write here...inspired by a nice lady....:-) :-) :-)
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 5:01:00 PM

    Excellent poem Jake, but then again all you poetry is great. When I write I am merely letting he words come, and every one I feel. This is the only way I can write, it is just me coming out for better or for worse. I enjoyed this poem very much, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 12:42:00 PM

    loved the list!!!! gotta see. intrested in her piece too. john
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 3:43:00 AM

    - A great ode to Charlotte Puddifoot - Nice of you to write such a gloriously poem to a friend! - Have a nice day. - All the best to you. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 5:03:00 PM

    I'm sure I've butchered a few haikus in my time, too! yes, the japanese do write differently, and I don't think haiku lends itself particularly well to the english language; therein lies some of the problem...but I don't profess to know a lot about it; it's not a form that particularly interests me, although it certainly seems to spark a great deal of debate...I'm honoured that my poem inspired you to write this! :)
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