Something New

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Something New

A long rainy afternoon and I
have time to work with complicated form
of poetry, I've been too taxed to try.
With flower show successfully completed,
the convention starting one week from today,
I'll have this week for gardening and writing.

A sunny day will keep me from my writing,
but with the rain forecast  I know that I
can continue what I'm working on today.
I'll get involved in that enticing form
and though perhaps I'll not get it completed,
that is no reason why I shouldn't try.

Since I can't give my gardening a try,
there's nothing that should keep me from my writing.
I'll be happy if I can get it completed.
My muse, perhaps, will be more pleased than I.
I am confused a bit by this strange form,
but I will conquer it sometime, if not today.

If I can't get the first verse done today,
then tomorrow will be here for another try
at figuring out the complicated form.
Every hour I can give to in-depth writing,
is another precious hour that I
have accomplished something, though it's not completed.

I read the lines that I have just completed
and tell myself that it's enough today
and more than enough for one so tired as I.
Tomorrow will arrive for another try.
Though usually I am not wearied by my writing,
this one is a very complicated form.

Next day I check for errors to the form
and am quite content with verses I've completed.
I am eager to continue with my writing
and am wondering if I'll finish it today.
Knowing I can't win if I don't try,
selfishly. I hope others are confused as I.

I vow l shall memorize this form and I'll do it today
and when it's completed I know that I'll try
it in more of my writings for no quitter am I.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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  1. Date: 6/30/2014 2:42:00 AM
    Congratulations with your well deserved first place win with this lovely Sestina. A very difficult form, but you mastered it, Joyce. bfn Elaine

  1. Date: 6/29/2014 7:37:00 AM
    APPLAUSE! great! I love it, what a winner! :)

  1. Date: 6/28/2014 9:25:00 PM
    You've done an outstanding job with this Sestina, congratulations on your big win Joyce sxx

  1. Date: 6/28/2014 6:45:00 PM
    Joyce, I wasn't brave enough to tackle this form, but I love the clever way you did!.. Hats off to your great win.. Hugs.. Arlene

  1. Date: 6/28/2014 12:55:00 PM
    This was really clever how you worked your worry about the form into the writing of it. I have done two of these. To tell you the truth, Joyce, I think they are a very ridiculous form. the repetitions of the same words at every line become so tedious for the reader. You deserve a good win because at least yours was humorous. I won't be reading this winner list for the reason I just stated. Congrats to you. I sure hope none of us will try this again. hahaha

  1. Date: 6/28/2014 7:21:00 AM
    What a humor and what a way to write this inspirational poem, congrats on the first win, joyce

  1. Date: 6/28/2014 12:49:00 AM
    Joyce, I chose this poem because through your Sestina the reader felt your struggles. I reminisced of the time when I wrote my first Sestina and my overwhelming urge to give up! You didn't, and it shows!! Excellent job my friend, congratulations...:JP)

  1. Date: 6/27/2014 10:20:00 AM
    Congrad's on your Big win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/27/2014 9:56:00 AM
    You should enter this wonderful poem in the flower show........It will win for it's beautiful interpretation of a sestina...it's a winner !! Hooray for you!

  1. Date: 6/27/2014 9:40:00 AM
    Dear Joyce congratulations for this top podium win!! You were brave enough to have a go at this sestina form; I was tempted to try it, but never got round to finishing it! I admire your zeal and perseverance:) Take care. // paul

  1. Date: 6/27/2014 8:54:00 AM
    Oh Joyce I sure was as confused as you were, Didn't know my A from B by the end of it. I actually wrote penned with stress lol, Congrats ...Seren

  1. Date: 6/27/2014 8:30:00 AM
    Really, something new, this sestina challenge, Joyce. Congrats on this top win. Mohan

  1. Date: 6/8/2014 3:36:00 AM
    Joyce... s story to my heart causing a smile... too coming directly from the "war-fields"writing a poem sometimes(or oftentimes) is... Great write. Enjoyed the read very very much!!!!!!!1 Dutch greetings Elly

  1. Date: 5/30/2014 5:39:00 PM
    Dear Joyce, Your poem gave me so many great laughs. Procrastinators tend to find many reasons to delay their quests. I must say, I have never read a sestina before this one and I can see why it took you so much time to write it. Can you hear me laughing at the way you "hope others are confused as I" ? Some of these poetic forms are more like jigsaw puzzles, but your humor always wins with me. Love you, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/29/2014 3:01:00 PM
    yes, it certainly looks like quite a challenge - but I love yours, my friend x

  1. Date: 5/27/2014 5:04:00 AM
    I don't know if you have done it correctly or not for I have to have the form outline out to check it..They are not easy to write and I don't really like writing them...Your chances are good to be in the winners' circle..Thanks for the congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 5/25/2014 7:07:00 PM
    This is very nice but looks very difficult....Noelle