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PLAYING HOPSCOTCH WITH POETS

Some poets write breathtaking sonnets
Makes me wonder why my pen
will not cross those boundaries
They fill in blank verse
with color    light    emotion
When poets talk of form    meter    rules
the rebel in me wanders off
to chalk in the squares

I play hopscotch with syllables
Stressed and unstressed
A participle dangling from my fingers
ready to toss onto the next number
Every line count lowers me
as I do the limbo under them

I jump double dutch 
with forced rhyme

Cinderella dressed in yellow
wrote poetry with her fellow
Pentameter    tetrameter
Iambic meter too
All rolled up    tucked in her shoe

I beat a barefoot verse
onto cracked pavement
A snappy sonnet that
follows no rules







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  1. Date: 7/26/2015 8:01:00 PM

    Dropping by to say hello.
  1. Date: 7/17/2015 8:48:00 AM

    I enjoyed reading this one again. Have a wonderful weekend Monterey.
  1. Date: 7/16/2015 7:31:00 PM

    LOVE THIS ONE! Where are you, you are missed! A7
  1. Date: 7/12/2015 8:33:00 AM

    I particularly enjoyed "the rebel in me wanders off to chalk in the squares." And the way you finished it off could not be improved.
  1. Date: 7/10/2015 2:03:00 PM

    Back to see if you had another offering, but enjoyed this one all over again. Hugs, Connie
  1. Date: 7/5/2015 11:03:00 PM

    Good~ You are obviously following your bliss! Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 6/21/2015 8:15:00 AM

    This is far more fun than the hopscotch I remember playing when I was young.
  1. Date: 6/14/2015 2:18:00 PM

    I really enjoyed this little jaunt and flaunt. Howerever or whatever you write- I always enjoy. SuZ
  1. Date: 6/12/2015 11:09:00 AM

    I like your poetry, Monterey because you always have something to say. What good is strict form if a poem doesn't communicate on a decent level. Love, daver
  1. Date: 6/12/2015 12:19:00 AM

    thanks so much for visiting my latest poetry. You are such a wonderful friend!
  1. Date: 6/11/2015 9:53:00 PM

    Cryptically educational content in a well written poem. I wish I had the knowledge of form that you possess...... Love Ya... Jake
  1. Date: 6/11/2015 8:16:00 PM

    Monterey, this excellent expression pertains to many of us and I truly enjoyed it! It was witty and very creative.
  1. Date: 6/10/2015 3:35:00 PM

    Hi Monterey! This is a clever game that you play. You write best when you write from the heart, with no strings attached. // paul
  1. Date: 6/10/2015 11:51:00 AM

    ah your in a class all of your own dear Monti, I like the way you write, no forms needed when you write from your soul, enjoyed your original write xxx
  1. Date: 6/10/2015 11:51:00 AM

    As for slangs for the 1920's it is all found in our famous computer, how lucky we are to have so much info on our finger tips, or maybe not? take care, big hugs xxx
  1. Date: 6/10/2015 8:35:00 AM

    I do enjoy listening to your Acordianic splendor. You write your way and you create beautiful music. Rules be damned!
  1. Date: 6/4/2015 12:37:00 PM

    Your poem falls within the category of fanciful, armed with an energy of its own that propels it into our sphere of reality. An imaginative poem that flaunts rules and taps into our desires to be entertained by abstract thoughts and rebel inclinations. Emile. #7
  1. Date: 6/1/2015 9:25:00 PM

    Emerson said, matter over manner. Emerson stepped away from form whenever it clashed with matter and even when it didn't. Content and message are what matters the method of delivery should never trump that IMHO. Yours is a great and most creative write. Unique in its uniqueness..... A most solid 7 in my opinion.
  1. Date: 6/1/2015 8:37:00 AM

    You truly are a wondrous poet, this is so clever...the rules are there no doubt to draw the line, your poetry breaks the line hook and sinker, and the fish are free to roam, thank goodness.. just like this awesome poem...
  1. Date: 6/1/2015 3:54:00 AM

    this takes me to another world of poetry--how spontaneous and delightful... a mark of a true artist, monterey.. huggs
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 11:47:00 PM

    Monterrey, you can write any damn way you please, YOU ARE FANTASTIC. It's so funny how much I admire you when our styles are so different. I wrote a poem which is the exact same feeling as this one, in which I tell why I have to write metered and not free!!! I actually write better when I am enslaved by the restrictions for form! If I ever aspire to write free verse all the time, I would aspire to be like you.
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 2:42:00 PM

    I can't tell you how to write..... but, something keeps bringing me back to your treasure chest of verse..... form falls far back in the attributes..... intent and result are key points I use to judge writing.... Great poem here..... Jake
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 12:16:00 PM

    - I love your poems as they are, Monterey! - Why make it difficult .... with several meters of rules - Poems that comes from the soul and heart are the best !!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 11:06:00 AM

    Love this!! You are a gifted writer, Monterey. I'm sure you could write in meter if you wanted, but why? I'm more than half-way in your book. It's incredible, but I have to take emotional breaks from my tears! I'll let you know when I finish. Hugs, Rhonda
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 8:23:00 AM

    Hi! It sounds like you had fun writing this one, Montereyj! I think content is more important than form, and you have proved that here. ...Blessings, Darlene
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 8:06:00 AM

    And you would think those same poets can Free Verse!!!!- smart write - take care Ron
  1. Date: 5/31/2015 7:50:00 AM

    This made me smile Monetery - loved the clever poetic imagery - I try new forms but do struggle with some - can relate to all you say here:-) Hugs Jan xx

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