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Flow, not clever

The conclusion I have reached after learning different styles
Some styles flow nicely but most don't...Peter

Flow, not clever.

Lately I’ve been learning styles
They’re clever this is true
But now I come to this conclusion
And I am telling you
I’ve studied me some sixty styles 
And never has one poem
Flowed the way I like them to
I want my poems flowing

It’s very clever I know this
And it looks quite good
Making patterns with my words
But I think poems should
Flow just like a gentle river
It don’t please me at all
When words they seem so clumsy
I don’t find this cool

I will use these styles at times
But when I want to write
Something that just comes to me
I’ll follow me the light
That comes from intuition
I’ll let the words just flow
I don’t want clever, not at all
I want my words to glow.

31 September 2014


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  1. Date: 10/1/2014 8:32:00 PM

    WOW, I love the way you painted this piece, it's a solid 7, I love it! best wishes
  1. Date: 10/1/2014 6:30:00 PM

    I give this a seven again my friend this I read eariler today but I read your comment about my spider queen and wanted to tell you thanks and I'm really flattered by your cool comment. I also wanted to read this again and tell you right on dude be yourself always the Peter we all know and love so much, by the way Tom wanted me to say hi, and also to tell you he's back to work for now at least. cheri
  1. Date: 10/1/2014 3:47:00 PM

    Peter, it depends what forms you are looking at. The ones based soley on syllable count usually are the unflowing one. Sonnets are based on syllables, however, and DO flow, if they are used with correct iambic pentameter. Love how you illustrate your concept with a poem that flows!
  1. Date: 10/1/2014 3:39:00 PM

    Peter yes this is what I've been trying to tell you when you write from the heart it is truely beautiful. Thank God you've found the Peter my nature poet at last, don't worry about all those other styles my dear friend, for what you do is truely wonderful. I'm so glad to read this poem and I'm giving you the highest mark for this work that I can 7 and you've well earned it. You've made my day my friend with these wonderful words of wisdom, Say Hi to Vera for me and tom and take care. cheri
  1. Date: 10/1/2014 12:29:00 PM

  1. Date: 10/1/2014 4:52:00 AM

    always a pleasure in reading pete beautifully penned dear friend
  1. Date: 10/1/2014 4:51:00 AM

    - Nice to learn new things. ... (But I'm not an "A-4" person) - Write from your soul and your heart Peter - Clever .... (?) ....... (Yes, you are) .. .. you have the soul and the heart !!!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 10/1/2014 3:36:00 AM

    Well, I see you've come full circle and you're back to what makes you happy. Nice to see that, my friend. It also makes me happy to read your words when they flow into my soul. Your words certainly do that when clever has been swept to the side. Hope you had a good vacation, my friend.... Robert.
  1. Date: 10/1/2014 12:18:00 AM

    Hi ilene, don't get me wrong I do enjoy the challenge, but when I muck about with syllables and all that stuff the poems just lose their natural flow, and the poem gets kind of clumsy. I try to make my poems flow like a river...Thank you for your kind comments, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 9/30/2014 8:48:00 PM

    i'm so glad you came to that conclusion, peter! i've enjoyed all the new style poems you've written but i missed your usual ones and i'm glad to know that you haven't abandoned what comes so naturally to you!