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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
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.