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Don’t do the rhyme if you ain’t got the time. Nothing is worse than a half-finished verse. If you want to complete her, you’ll need a good meter. (‘Tis said that the bard brought the girls to the yard.) Don’t use words in a poem if you don’t really know ‘em. Great gasp! Bloody heck! Have you heard of spellcheck? Your free verse is free… of all grammar, I see. Watch those apostrophes to avoid apostasy. Bad punctuation brings the downfall of nations. Long lines are killable, so be watching the syllables. If the subject is tumors, at least use some humor. If it’s garbled and confused, don’t shoot the muse. If poetry’s hard, well, don’t blame the bard. If you’re not having fun, this career’s not the one. You’re not making money? I’m not either, honey. And listen here, Missy, that’s pithy, not pissy. I’d have more retorts, but I’d best keep it short.

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Date: 10/9/2022 2:13:00 AM
I wish this was written on the billboard of every poet's brain before they threw unknown words down onto a page "Don’t use words in a poem if you don’t really know ‘em." Loving the entire poem! Brilliant!
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Date: 10/8/2022 4:42:00 PM
Grook On! loved it Jeff. Thanks for the good advice and the humor. Bill
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Date: 10/8/2022 10:12:00 AM
A very fun write! Love the lines: If you’re not having fun, this career’s not the one. You’re not making money? I’m not either, honey.
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Date: 10/8/2022 8:23:00 AM
Ah, absolutely superb. Sounds like you finally got fed up with some of my mistakes, Jeff! Love it. Sometimes, as you well know, I simply have to write a poem about writing poems, too. Good stuff, my friend.
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Jeff Kyser
Date: 10/8/2022 9:10:00 AM
Ha, no, I’m just a kook And I love the name grook
Date: 10/8/2022 6:57:00 AM
This is just perfectly delicious!!
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Date: 10/8/2022 6:07:00 AM
Great suggestion, Jeff. Very nice write.
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Jeff Kyser
Date: 10/8/2022 6:11:00 AM
Lol, never take me too seriously! Thanks, and have a great day