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A Poet's Pledge

I will release no rhyme Before its time. No limerick, ode, haiku, or sonnet Will 'scape from 'neath My poet's bonnet 'til it be trimmed, and tamed, and non-aggressive, Or overripe with verbiage Or punctuation too excessive. I will not break This pledge I take, Cruel critics' barbs though I endure. My verse I'll brace with style and grace Until my place in poetry's secure. Of course, should "laureate" become my haunt, too, I'll release anywhere, And anyhow, And anytime I damn well want to.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2022




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Date: 7/7/2022 4:35:00 PM
Congratulations on Your POTD.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/10/2022 12:53:00 PM
Sam, thanks.
Date: 7/7/2022 1:34:00 PM
Nicely worded, Jim. Congrats on your POTD ~ John
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/10/2022 12:52:00 PM
Thank you, John.
Date: 7/6/2022 6:13:00 PM
Congratulations Jim on taking a poet’s pledge and being rewarded poem of the day… Belle
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/7/2022 10:21:00 AM
Belle, thank you.
Date: 7/6/2022 5:11:00 PM
Hello Jim. Congratulations on your beautiful POD. Don't rest on your laurels. Ernilando
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/7/2022 10:20:00 AM
Thanks, Ernilando. I'm not sure I have any of those....yet,
Date: 7/6/2022 11:52:00 AM
I love this humorous poem Jim. Congratulations on your wonderful POTD honor. Blessings xxoo
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 11:56:00 AM
Connie, thank you.
Date: 7/6/2022 11:18:00 AM
Good one! Congrats on POTD!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 11:20:00 AM
Thanks, Jennifer.
Date: 7/6/2022 9:39:00 AM
Somehow I missed this one earlier, Jim. It really is quite good, and I send my congratulations on your P.O.T.D.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:02:00 AM
Thank you, L M. I always appreciate your feedback.
Date: 7/6/2022 9:21:00 AM
At laureat status you may do as you darn well please. Congratulations for your potd write, Jim.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:03:00 AM
Jenna, merçi beaucoup.
Date: 7/6/2022 9:18:00 AM
Fine tuning the verse with forms diverse, Congrats on POTD
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:03:00 AM
Thank you, Joseph.
Date: 7/6/2022 9:02:00 AM
Maybe you can rope yourself a laureate with that lasso -- your 'lariat!' Congrats on POTD, cowboy! ~ Caballero Gershon
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:04:00 AM
I don't know, G. He's a pretty elusive bugger. But thanks for the thought, anyway.
Date: 7/6/2022 8:37:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD! A charming write for a principled poet! Love It! :)Paulette
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:05:00 AM
Thank you, Paulette. I hope I can always keep this pledge.
Date: 7/6/2022 8:08:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD win. A wonderful write. Love it. Have a blessed day writing away.............
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:05:00 AM
Paula, thanks.
Date: 7/6/2022 7:24:00 AM
EnjoyedM Congratulations on POTD!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:06:00 AM
Thank you, Kim.
Date: 7/6/2022 7:19:00 AM
Jim, wonderfully penned, congratulations on POTD!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:06:00 AM
Tania, thank you.
Date: 7/6/2022 7:17:00 AM
Jim, wow, excellent writing, I love your poem so much and a big congratulations on your deserving POEM OF THE DAY honor, blessings ~Constance
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:08:00 AM
Constance, thank you. If I can strike a chord with other poets, I have, indeed, accomplished something "deserving".
Date: 7/6/2022 6:22:00 AM
Laughing ! So much fun . I love it ! Big congratulations on POTD Jim! Cheers, Susan :)
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:11:00 AM
Thanks, Susan. I had fun writing it.
Date: 7/6/2022 5:40:00 AM
Chuckling out loud. Fabulous fun piece, delightful POTD! Congratulations Jim! xomo
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:11:00 AM
So that was you I heard? Thank you, Maureen.
Date: 7/6/2022 4:24:00 AM
WHAT!!!!! NO ROOM FOR DANDELIONS???
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:13:00 AM
I'll allow for sunflowers, John, but no other weeds in my poetic garden, I hope. Thanks.
Date: 7/6/2022 4:23:00 AM
Just perfect Jim. Freedom of speech! Congratulations on POTD. Linda
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/6/2022 10:12:00 AM
FOS within reason. Thank you, Linda.
Date: 7/5/2022 12:08:00 PM
you had me with the opening lines, jim! wonderful!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/5/2022 1:48:00 PM
Thanks, Ilene. Yours are always at the ready.
Date: 7/5/2022 11:26:00 AM
Fabulous and an immediate favorite, Jim. Love, love your rhymes and individualistic stance! Bravo… Love, Panagiota xx Fav line.. “ or over with verbiage”…Good show!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/5/2022 1:33:00 PM
Panagiota, thank you. I hope this will always keep me humble.