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Trying My Hand at a Poem That Doesn't Rhyme

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Trying My Hand at a Poem That Doesn't Rhyme

I think that I’ll try to write one of those poems that doesn’t rhyme,
The poems that I like to write tend to rhyme all the time.
Oops, not a very good start.

Be creative. Be descriptive.

Use flower scented words that escape from the reader’s strawberry stained lips like soft 
snowflakes on a still winter morn and hang in the air like a single feathery sword from the 
deliciously soft down pillow on grandmother’s feather bed after a playful tussle with my 
angelic son.

Oh yeah, that works … Not.

A subject. I need a subject.
Think, think, think.

Something that would be interesting to read. Or something that is witty and funny – laughter 
is always good. Or something that makes people think and ponder and put their finger to 
their chin and go, “Mmmmm”.

I usually read these kind of poems and can’t figure them out,
I am left wondering what the heck I just read about.

Hey, that rhyme was a mistake – it happened on its own.
Oh, who am I kidding, I can’t write this kind of poem!

It’s hard being old-fashioned. But, hey, that’s who I am. Besides, no one ever reads my 
poems anyway. I’ll bet you are not even reading it now.

So much for the witty humor – bet you didn’t even notice it.

Oh well, think I’ll go write a poem – one that rhymes.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 11/13/2017 11:07:00 PM
Loved this, fun to read. I have always loved rhymes since childhood. Not all of my poems rhyme, but most do. Glad you do, too. Funny and clever poem of yours. Enjoyed.
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Date: 7/3/2010 10:53:00 AM
Just reading your free verse example. Gosh, Deb is always telling me, Andrea, you can't use "I" or "me" for good free verse. And others say "no story" GEEEZ, everything I write tells a story, How do you separate story from "tiny story" of just being in the moment? It's all so difficult, Joe. I do have a few that come close, but it's true: most people are not writing "free" when they think they are. They are doing narratives. This was a fun approach! LUv,Andrea
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Date: 4/27/2010 12:36:00 PM
Very neat poem you have written here. Yeah, I did actually read it and you wrote a very witty one. Chris.
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Date: 4/27/2010 12:35:00 PM
I am with u Joe .. I luv to rhyme most all my poetry unless the contest form calls for something different... this one is a very witty and insightful poem and a straight up attitude as to your preferences in poetry.. I did a blog a few weeks ago asking poets which form they most liked to use and rhyme was tied with free verse in the voting ... awesome... keep on rhyming Joe..luv.. "Sweetheart"
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