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Best By The Book Poems

Below are the all-time best By The Book poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of by the book poems written by PoetrySoup members


If You Weren't Such a Nut Meg
She had so many chances
     Yet she kept muffin it up
Butter intentions were good
     Just not much...

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Categories: by the book, food, fun, humor, words,
Form: Rhyme



Premium Member The Book of Love - A Wedding Poem
See it there
in virgin perfection.
Open its pages.
They are so white
that they radiate light.

See the magic pen
sitting by the book 
meant just for two.

Each of you...

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Categories: by the book, marriage, relationship,
Form: Verse
TATTOOS
A two-legged canvass
in crimsons and blues
dragons ginormous
and suchlike tattoos

Diamonds and rare gems 
that shimmer and shine
flowers on long stems 
with sleek strokes and lines

Exciting ones...

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Categories: by the book, art, humorous,
Form: Rhyme
How Much Longer Will It Go On

He was the child that did not smile, or live
or breath, towards his death he did not look
as though he had the time to duck...

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Categories: by the book, anti bullying,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member The Darfurian Girl

I enjoyed an almost idyllic childhood. This was marred only at the age of ten by my circumcision, a cruel and primitive custom among my...

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Categories: by the book, bereavement, character,
Form: Prose



Premium Member The Old Worn Out Poet
By the light of a window sits an old man, his pennies he does count.
His hair is gray, his eyes are old, and there’s little...

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Categories: by the book, character, courage, dedication, imagery, old, poets,
Form: Epic
Ephemeral
Ephemeral
 
Tis not mystifying, though disheartening, 
that we are simply passing shadows
…. a mere breath exhaled…. transitory
 Sunrises numbered at first drawn breath
 though each...

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Categories: by the book, life, loss, nature,
Form: Free verse
HYPERTHYROIDISM
As I walked, one morning, alone, by the sea,
Thinking of nothing but myself and me,
I noticed, above the roar of the ocean,
A splashing, and thrashing,...

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Categories: by the book, children, funny, imagination,
Form: I do not know?
this is just a test
just in case
ever comes
a day they
decide to
warm up
the cold
war for
that's 
what
it

seems so
today for 
i'm practicing
retirement in 
preparation
last night i
stayed up
as late as
i liked
having

in mind to...

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Categories: by the book, muse,
Form: I do not know?
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Heaven isn’t full of angels and clouds
There are five people that will meet you
They could’ve been close, or among the crowds
They’ll help you construct your...

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Categories: by the book, death, faith, happiness, life, love, sad,
Form: Bio
Premium Member Born Again for contest
Born Again (For Contest)
Y’all come and  join me while I set a spell
I’ll tell a tale that stirred in yonder dell
I reckon I might...

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Categories: by the book, humorous, , cute,
Form: Sonnet
And I was Caught Up In the Spirit
.... And I was walking in a field of golden wheat and just then, 
I was caught up in the spirit, that is the holy...

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Categories: by the book, bible, faith, god, religion,
Form: Verse
There once was a lawyer
.



There once was a lawyer on the hook
For being in cahoots with the crook
The crook was set free
By making a plea
But the lawyer was hit...

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Categories: by the book, funny
Form: Limerick
Premium Member Books and Covers
"Books and Covers"



"Books and Covers"

"Covers and Books"

"Stories and Lovers"

"Lovers and Stories"

"Some Time It Took"

"Spinning Wheels Spinning"

"Needles Pricking Thumbs"

"Agatha and Daphne"

"Danvers is Rebecca's Mum"

"Casting Fishing Hooks...

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Categories: by the book, mystery, psychological, purple, truth, write, writing,
Form: Free verse
Ode to Chores
Ode to Chores
By Brenda Kahn

When the Good Lord
In his wisdom, Hark!
Said “Separate
the light from dark.”

He surely didn’t
See that time
Would be a scarce
Resource to find

I throw...

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Categories: by the book, family, home, marriage, mom, mother, mum,
Form: Ode
me myself and i
Me myself and i

For I myself, 
Believe in myself.
For I love to stand by the book shelf.
In order to read some nice stuff.

Yoruba is my...

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Categories: by the book, education, history, on work and working,
Form: Bio
A Warrior for Christ

In deep thoughts of unity.

It’s always a world, for someone else to please.

Along with pleasure there is always hard earned pain.

Sometimes death for someone else’s...

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© Jack Reed  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: by the book, religiongod, god,
Form: Heroic Couplets
Premium Member Goddess Acquae or Acqua Sulis


I am the native of interface between this world and the other
Living presently in my shrine at the Roman baths at Bath in UK
People used...

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Categories: by the book, mythology,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Planned Obsolescence


You must have heard of “planned obsolescence”
But manufacturers say it ain't so
A devious mind surely thought this one up
Must be absolutely rolling in dough!

An automobile...

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Categories: by the book, social, money,
Form: Quatrain
Drowning in a pool of emotions
looking puzzled in a daze, watching as the sky turns grey!
Trying to figure out exactly what to say, wondering why things have to be this...

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Categories: by the book, lifegod, god,
Form: Lyric
Die Hard Smokers
Die Hard Smokers And Taxes


Die hard smokers, by the thousands countrywide, they rightly feel a bit abused…
Ouch! A latest 40% hike in price for a...

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Categories: by the book, abuse, addiction, anxiety, community, forgiveness, freedom,
Form: Light Verse
Samson
Samson

I dream of the summer, when
We slept soundly and so did the city
Like a doll, you never changed
The scissors mocked me;
“Never to cut, never to...

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Categories: by the book, absence, age, anxiety, body, dream, farewell,
Form: Lyric
The Under Cover Cop
He is a special breed, for a special deed
You would never know by the way that he looks
He has nerves of steel. heart becomes cold
But...

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© Danny Nunn  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: by the book, peoplelife,
Form: I do not know?
Twilight
"Twillight"*

A 'Swan' in town
can be found on
school ground --that's me

bored and off qi
rain daunts me --'till
I see him there...

can't help but stare
his eyes glare --so
aware...I...

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Categories: by the book, fantasy, teen,
Form: Than-Bauk
So Busy
I have pinched, pruned, planted, fertilized and even mowed...
I have dug, dressed, divided, harvested and hoed.

Then I thinned, trimmed, transplanted, sprayed, sowed and staked...
Then I...

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Categories: by the book, flower, garden,
Form: Light Verse