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Someday I'll get this sonnet writing right. Sure, I can count ten syllables and rhyme, then set my flock of metaphors to flight and use ten-dollar words from time to time. My word tigers I train with chair in hand and meter's whip. Good syntax I require, true spelling, decent rhythm - I demand they jump iambically through hoops of fire. I seek out synonyms that sound appealing with apt alliteration and aplomb, but end up sacrificing soul and feeling. It rhymes; poetically though, it's a bomb. To write with heart is something you can't teach; a tiger in a cage - just out of reach.

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Date: 8/9/2020 3:22:00 AM
John, I loved this. Your poem, to me, contradicts what you write about (If that makes sense) If it doesn't, well, it's actually me paying you a compliment as to your writing style. Personally, the idea of rules in poetry make me shudder. When I try to keep to them, I find myself writing for someone else. Right, I'm off to hide somewhere.
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John Watt
Date: 8/10/2020 6:46:00 AM
Gary, thanks for kind words. I love both free verse and structured verse. There is a deep satisfaction to a poet when they find the inner voice that truly communicates their story. I appreciate the compliment and the time you took to read and write back. Hope you have a great day.
Date: 8/7/2020 4:08:00 PM
Welcome again , being with me in the HM club. Oh the joy! heehee. This was one of your best, John.
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Date: 8/7/2020 4:27:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea. That means more to me than where I placed in a contest ~ John
Date: 8/7/2020 3:10:00 PM
Yours is a tolerably fruitful poetic effort, John. It's very tricky striking a fair balance between thematic substance and linguistic embellishments such as rhyme and all. Still, the elusive tiger can be tamed - albeit with a wee extra dose of practice and exactingly wide reading...or so I reasonably think:-)
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John Watt
Date: 8/7/2020 3:19:00 PM
Thank you for your very thoughtful and encouraging words, Hannington. It's nice to meet you here at Poetry Soup. I appreciate your kind words ~ John
Date: 8/6/2020 8:07:00 AM
This is so true and I couldn't agree more. It's the "heart" of the poem and poet that truly enchants and charms the life of us all. I love this write. God bless you my friend, with many beautiful poems
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John Watt
Date: 8/6/2020 12:14:00 PM
You got my point exactly, Gina. Thank you for taking time to bless my day with your uplifting words of support. God bless you ~ John
Date: 8/6/2020 7:28:00 AM
Golly, what a talent you are. Best wishes in Brian's contest! Panagiota xx
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Date: 8/6/2020 12:13:00 PM
Thank you Pangie for the lovely words and wishes today. Hugs ~ John
Date: 8/6/2020 4:34:00 AM
Beautiful! The Tiger is not out of your reach! You have tamed them well and they do as you tell! You always produce top quality stuff! BW Krish
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Date: 8/6/2020 12:12:00 PM
Thank you for all your kind words, Krish. They are greatly appreciated ~ John
Date: 8/5/2020 10:29:00 PM
Truly I see incredible growth in your writing and use of meter and metaphor. I admire so much the way you write, John!
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John Watt
Date: 8/6/2020 12:11:00 PM
You have really lifted my spirits with your two amazing comments. Thank you!
Date: 8/5/2020 10:27:00 PM
I really really get this, John. I see in your sonnet writing so much of myself!! With practice,I have gotten to where I write them easily, and I have so many of them now, on all kinds of topics. The meter is there, the rhyme, etc. yet to make one that really sparkles!! Alive with emotion. When you combine with THAT, you have a sonnet that is amazing. This is amazing in an intellectual way!! I hope Brian likes it better than he did MY sonnet on sonnet writing . haha!!!
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Date: 8/6/2020 12:10:00 PM
You have committed yourself to this craft for 20 years, my friend, and I am in awe of the sonnets you create. I found the technical side was the part I could grasp much earlier than the heart and soul. Thanks for getting this, and for leaving me with your wonderful comments.
Date: 8/5/2020 9:50:00 PM
This is so terrific - I found myself singing it, so your iambic pentameter is impeccably done. I cannot do it myself, but I recognize it in this poem John. Wow! Great job!
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Date: 8/6/2020 12:08:00 PM
I'd love to hear the tune you chose to sing, 'Eye of the Tiger' perhaps? Thanks Caren for your effusive affirmation!
Date: 8/5/2020 8:20:00 PM
Oh, Oh, Oh! A gem, John. Love the way you self-deprecated right into a superb sonnet, and a FAVE for me! Thanks, gw
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Date: 8/6/2020 12:07:00 PM
Wow, very grateful for the fave and the three Ohs! Blessings to you my friend ~ John
Date: 8/5/2020 2:59:00 PM
Nice penning John, I'm no expert on this style of poetry but this sounds good to me. Hope things ok in California at this time for you and the family, Blessings always,Gordon
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John Watt
Date: 8/6/2020 12:06:00 PM
Always grateful for your encouragement, my friend. All is well here.
Date: 8/5/2020 12:00:00 PM
What a charming fun sonnet i have a mental block writing this form, an absolute gem John:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 8/6/2020 12:05:00 PM
Thank you, my friend! Don't know why this form has so captivated my heart and pen.
Date: 8/5/2020 9:55:00 AM
ah, this poem is music to a poet's ear, john! so very clever and delightful! bravo to you...
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 8/5/2020 12:07:00 PM
here here John, I too adore Ilene's work she is a first class poet:-) hugs Jan xx
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John Watt
Date: 8/5/2020 10:59:00 AM
Love your comment, poetess, for you are a metric sister to me. I value the time you put into the flow and meaning of your poetry and you inspire me to do the same. Thank you!
Date: 8/5/2020 9:35:00 AM
I'll be the first to say that you have that tiger well and truly tamed John. Very well written Good luck Tom
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 8/5/2020 9:55:00 AM
Lol, so far so good John.
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John Watt
Date: 8/5/2020 9:44:00 AM
Sorry, this author is not accepting comments at this time. Ha, just had to throw that in, Tom. Hope your gremlins have been vanquished, as I love receiving comments from you. This one made my day. Have a great day, my friend ~ John