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My Poetry Garden

My poetry garden of late 
has lain untended and forlorn.
I succumbed to shock and dismay
upon entering recently, for I observed that
great disagreement had erupted
and now vehemently raged among 
adjoining unmade beds of subjects and verbs.

Modifiers that had been 
carefully kept in check upon their trellises 
now dangled everywhere.

Sentences had spilled out of their beds
in fragments or running on and on while
cases of subjectives and objectives
shamelessly intermingled and
were now easily mistaken
one for another.

Grammar, whose care I had entrusted 
to first, second and third persons,
lay in shameless disarray, 
as if no one could tell the difference.

Gerunds casually consorted with infinitives,
many of which had split. I recalled with a sigh
how many years it had taken me
to tightly bind them.

Commas were everywhere,
rendering those in appropriate position
practically unrecognizable, 
which I suppose was better
than what had happened
to the capitals, 
now completely ignored.

There was no reason for the rhyme,
and forms had somehow been confused
or misplaced altogether.

My lines, unpruned, were of disparate length and hideously incompl

An unfortunate mis-spell
had been cast 
and provoked an infestation.
Many of my friends I noted
had simply departed without comment.

The contest entry was blocked,
so I bowed my head in shame
and shuffled silently
through the exit marked N/A.


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  1. Date: 8/12/2014 9:31:00 AM

    You tend your garden SO VERY WELL. The weeds are all cut, the rows are straight but, green grass grows around the hut....
  1. Date: 8/9/2014 8:09:00 AM

    I am faving this one! Very creative and unique. English was always my favorite subject in school and I absolutely loved to diagram sentences. Your images of the absolutes of grammar rules running amok are wonderful.
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 7:32:00 PM

    hey, YES, I really like this one, Mark. It's clever and enjoyable to read as well. I sure hate those N/A exits. URGGGG. GREAT writing, my friend.
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 6:35:00 PM

    Yes, you are a nice guy :) As a matter of fact, I freaked out when you stopped by my poems, yesterday or so.
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 5:46:00 PM

    Okay, thank you for the comment on my comment, that was mighty nice of ya... Linda
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 5:36:00 PM

    A fine poetry garden, ramble from your pen. I hope this was not one of my contest, if it is it's on standby. Mark, I am not perfect, and have never graded on what was confused above. Thanks for expressing your words in such a way...Linda
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 10:28:00 AM

    Extremely clever write Mark really enjoyed the humour here - comments are few and far between - so sad - I can comment on up to 50 writes and be lucky to get 7 responses - you get to know who will comment these days. Hugs Jan xxx
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 8:39:00 AM

    brilliant, clever and absolutely delightful! you deserve a prize for this one (or at least a lot more comments!!!).
  1. Date: 7/24/2014 10:51:00 PM

    This just made my evening...How adorable and clever. Love especially the last bit...through the exit called N/A.. going to my favs..BG