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Hi, I'm John Watt and I live in California, USA. My biography is perhaps best summarized by three bio poems I created for Poetry Soup contests:

                                      https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/the_same_coin_1234779

https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/bio_modified_-_introverted_encourager_1240827

                                                       https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/i_am_1248324

 

If you'd like to get to know me from my writings, here are 2 or 3 of my favorites in each of the writing categories I most enjoy:

Faith poems:                  https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/to_you_alone_1241976

                                                https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/chrysalis_1243141

Nature poems:  https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/artistry_and_grandeur_1211573

                           https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/she_cannot_be_rushed_791917

Love poems:              https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/sinuous_melody_1232530

                                  https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/a_strange_galaxy_1233383

Sonnets:                        https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/my_cassiopeia_1238229

        https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/to_my_high_school_math_teacher_1236191

Lighthearted:   https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/i_want_but_dont_need_1236871 

                                      https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/in_the_moment_1223810

                           https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/3_cheers_for_the_gear_791918

Writing about writing:           https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/write_me_1211581

                       https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/drumbeat_of_the_muses_1218782

For Loved Ones:               https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/this_teacher_1211572

                                       https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/winters_antidote_792408

Autobiographical:     https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/a_piece_of_winter_794945

                    https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/my_spirit_animal_is_a_zoo_1211580

 

Many thanks to all you Soup poets who write with such dazzling talent, inspiring others to do the same, and all you who leave such uplifting comments. Happy writing! ~ John


One Syllable or Two? Survey says...

Blog Posted:4/10/2020 2:04:00 AM

When we include the word "poem" in a poem, should it count as one syllable or two? We poets are always counting syllables for haiku, sonnets, quaterns, and such, so maybe you have encountered this situation already. Some may rhyme it with "home", others with "know 'em" (yes, really). Before you google it or go to the links below, read this question and leave a comment here with your answer as an informal survey of our international collective of poets:

       Which sounds like a correctly written iambic pentameter line to you:

       #1: Your poem is like a garden of delight

       #2: Your poem is a garden of delight

Leave your answer in the comment box, then if you'd like to see what the rest of the world thinks, you may google it or try the links below...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo0VpNxQhrY (one syllable)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_joNFrI9Uw (two syllables)

Come back in a few days, and I will tally your inputs. When you are considering words and their proper syllable counts, I would endorse an article here at poetry soup written by our illustrious poetess (and ESL English teacher) Andrea Dietrich, on the subject of syllable counts and vowel sounds:

https://www.poetrysoup.com/article/syllable_count_and_english_vowel_ sounds-266

Happy syllable counting!

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Date: 4/15/2020 9:58:00 PM
John, this is the best blog of the year so far because it inspired thoughtful repose or shall I say pause...even though there were moments of tension, screw it all, I love tension as long as it ends in repose because when one mixes bathos and sublime we end up hopefully in some hammock between a couple old oak trees wondering about nothing except that everyone is done making sense of the incomprehensible - isn't that what we're supposed to do? Yet, if we can answer that question...there is no need to say more and that would be a "don't wake them" moment.
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Date: 4/14/2020 4:29:00 PM
If I am not mistaken, this is your very first blog , John. Congratulations on it being a success! I remember those first times I blogged. I went a bit blog crazy and was putting up "holiday of the day" for every day of the week almost, which did not go over too well!
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craig cornish
Date: 4/16/2020 8:03:00 AM
It's ironic Andrea that excellently metered and rhythmic poetry is often written with no regard for syllable count line to line but simply the use of qualitative and quantitative meter/metre like a drum beat. Your poems usually march to those beats.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/15/2020 10:16:00 PM
thanks, Craig. Both you and John, exceptional!
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craig cornish
Date: 4/15/2020 8:31:00 PM
Andrea---I've read some of John's poems---He's exceptional and needs no advice from me except to properly explain how exceptional he is LOL WOW
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craig cornish
Date: 4/15/2020 7:51:00 PM
Thanks AD---not to prove anything other than your advice is respected here and you sometimes sell that short -one doesn't have to be a loudmouth like me to make that happen LOL Not that you need my approval--but hugs anyway
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/15/2020 10:01:00 AM
When did I ever support such a thing as that, simply by congratulating my friend on the success of his blog?? Let me rephrase: When did I NOT support the fact that syllables and meters are a different story? Of course, they are different "animals" completely.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/14/2020 10:02:00 PM
Andrea, PLEASE support the fact that syllables in and of themselves are NOT meter and PLEASE do not put any buts in the answer---we can go on from there - thank you in advance for your answer.
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John Watt
Date: 4/14/2020 5:59:00 PM
Thanks for the affirmation! I dove in head first, not sure what I would find. I found some intriguing dialog between kind, intelligent poets. They are the ones who made it work out well.
Date: 4/14/2020 11:40:00 AM
(2) A sub-context of the syllable counting dialog is the contest judge's right to be precise in their expectations of carefully counted syllables. I find a spectrum of judges exist at Poetry Soup and elsewhere. On one end, those who prefer their meters carefully parsed, on the other end, those who feel that strict meter is stifling and reduces the impact of the message. In the middle are those who give neither credit nor deduction for careful meter, as the message is the protein of the meal and meter is more of a garnish. Meter supports the greater good; flexibility is granted. Am I leaving anybody out?
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craig cornish
Date: 4/15/2020 6:03:00 PM
Sold John--respectfully, I'll get out of the way now---at least in public--will mail you--bet you can't wait lol
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John Watt
Date: 4/15/2020 4:09:00 PM
2) But I get your point that in moving immediately from a discussion of syllables to meters, some (though I wouldn't expect 'most' as you presume) might be misled into thinking that the two are synonymous. Hopefully they will read this comment and know that this was not my intention at all.
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John Watt
Date: 4/15/2020 4:08:00 PM
1) Craig, I can see how my synopsis statement above could be misunderstood because in speaking about judges, I was referencing a blog comment that has since been removed!
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craig cornish
Date: 4/15/2020 4:02:00 PM
#3 Fair enough John, Let me put it this way--Hmm, we have a pile of bricks that are syllables (Most analogies are flawed and what ifs but) and you can arrange them anyway you wish. You can build a perfectly old fashioned wall with ten per row - one down, one up (iambic pentameter) up/down=trochee etc to infinite eyes crossed...or toss the bricks out into a pile and let others be bored or entertained by the amiguities or just line up ten in a row and ten in a row once again which is actually restricted free verse or many forms which are great but have nothing to do with meter. Yes, syllables are the bricks from which all else is built but then there are architects who want just a little more - some good some well...I believe in respect for the traditional to carry and use and implement but with that respect to pass on the teachings correctly and not fall prey to the "everything's okay" crowd.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/15/2020 4:01:00 PM
Never AD
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/15/2020 3:43:00 PM
give it a rest already, Craig. Your point is well taken by now. Those with brains can figure out what John is saying. If they can't, let them remain in K-3.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/15/2020 3:22:00 PM
Response to #2 - John, read what you said above. As an Army DI who used to instruct trainees how not to do stupid things that will kill others in battle I know the deal "If you can teach the dummest one in the class everyone else will live longer". LOL - I know this isn't life or death but it is a "grown up" poetry site not K-3. Many, no, most will take what you've said as equaling meter with syllables because you jump from sentence one speaking of syllables to the rest which only addresses meter without taking a breath. More than half the crowd will take that as gospel and quite honestly You are obviously a great guy and mean well but...
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John Watt
Date: 4/15/2020 3:18:00 PM
Yes, somebody left a comment earlier (it has since been removed) that this is not a new subject on Poetry Soup blogs. Sorry to pick at old scabs, my friend. It was purely unintentional. One of the hazards of being 'Johnny Come Lately', ha! I shall have to go re-read your previous comments re: meter and syllables. Thanks for clarifying.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/15/2020 3:03:00 PM
Okay, an answer to comment #1 - fair enough but I more than laid groundwork with my comments relative to syllable and meter below and you don't know this but this has been an on going issue for years so it becomes frustrating when someone anew repeats the same mantra as the old - not your fault.
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John Watt
Date: 4/15/2020 11:48:00 AM
3) I would encourage you to make your point (either with your comments or providing us with links to websites that expound on your point of view) rather than simply accuse or berate people. I am seeking civil discourse in my blog, and I encourage all who seek the same to contribute their varying points of view without the fear of stepping on a landmine. Fair enough?
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John Watt
Date: 4/15/2020 11:48:00 AM
2) As to meter, please point out the phrasing I used to confuse syllables with meter. I admit I am an amateur poet, but I am not trying to mislead anybody or teach them wrong principles about poetry reading and writing. I know the difference between iambic and trochaic and recognize that syllable count is merely a building block towards creating a winsome meter within poetry.
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John Watt
Date: 4/15/2020 11:47:00 AM
1) Craig, two threads to address: the discussion and the tone of the discussion. As to tone, I feel the blog creator has a right to monitor the level of civility within a blog. You didn't hurt my feelings. I do want to hear your points and learn from your perspective. But jumping to conclusions without laying proper groundwork and making unfounded accusations run contrary to the tone of my blog.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/14/2020 9:53:00 PM
John, I hope I am correct in assuming that you want your thoughts to be informative and helpful especially to those who are just learning the craft. I hope you will admit that when you have suggested/alluded to a topic that is irrefutable again and again and still they make a totally wrong analysis as you have here that it reaches a level of frustration. If you had left meter out of your comment and just addressed syllables it would be correct but you have equated the simple counting of syllables with meter which is totally incorrect. I invite anyone to tell me why I am wrong with what I am saying here. Do you want to have those who don't truly know believe what is not true and have it be your fault or do you want to pass on constructive knowledge that can be used as a tool for future poets to use. Sorry if I hurt your feelings but...
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John Watt
Date: 4/14/2020 5:55:00 PM
Craig, I admire your ideas and your passion for this subject; your tone, not so much. I don't mind being disagreed with, or being instructed in areas where I am lacking, but can we turn up the civility before proceeding?
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craig cornish
Date: 4/14/2020 4:08:00 PM
If you want to truly dissect what matters you must study prosody but if you want to truly write it on an amateur level you must put your mind to music.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/14/2020 4:02:00 PM
Yes John, those that are aware that syllable count and meter are not one and not even brother and sister but truly distant cousins--why is this so difficult for everyone to comprehend. You speak of them like one in the same when they are definitively not. Syllables have relatively nothing to do with cadence - this is so freakin frustrating!
Date: 4/14/2020 11:27:00 AM
(1) I promised you all a tally of the survey votes for 1 syllable or 2 on the word "poem". The final result is in and it is ... (drum roll, please!)... One and a half! Just kidding... Six of you replied that line #2 sounds best (two syllables), two of you replied that #1 sounds best (one syllable), and two replied with a write-in vote of "either/or". Based upon comments, I think more would have voted "either/or" if I had made that an option, as many of you replied that poetry's rhythmical context should be the final judge, giving the author the benefit of the doubt. Thank you all for your insights and collective wisdom ~ John
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Date: 4/11/2020 3:15:00 PM
Hi John, it is two syllables in my humble opinion po-em = 2 syllables, of course accents could change that but as a Canadian we lean more to the British way, I learned to spell and read by reading syllables and reading it as pom just seems wrong to me _Constance
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Constance La France
Date: 4/12/2020 9:44:00 AM
Hi Craig (1 syllable) syllables have been drilled into my head since forever and as you say I will probably die by syllables - anyways as a result I won many a spelling bee in school and I am seldom stumped in spelling because I can sound out the word and 90% of the time, I am correct. Those years of the nuns drilling my head with syllables has paid off as a writer when it comes to those syllable type poems. I am doing Zumba on line through Zoom with my friends, it is a way of us getting together, we do it each day, so I am dancing still but in my dining room turned dance floor each day _Constance (2 syllables)
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:58:00 PM
Thank you for your thoughtful and humble comment, Constance. It's a good reminder of the Canadian/British connection (unless one is Quebecois, in which case one is pronouncing poème). Appreciate the visit to my first blog.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/11/2020 5:29:00 PM
BTW - Viva LaFrance - you know XXOO - hugs Hope you & your friends are slipping and chuckling (one syllable? LOL) through this!! No, not three chuck ling--chuck-l-ing----& hoping your Zumbas can be sooner than later--years already rush way too fast to waste one.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/11/2020 4:53:00 PM
Just to clarify Constance, I'm not suggesting to pronounce it pom or that I think it is one syllable but that in the context John presented it that the blending of the syllables together while still saying poem without enunciating the distinction, is more pleasant to the ear and flow. That exists in many more instances than this example - you're totally missing my point - if, as a poet, you live by syllables you will die by them.
Date: 4/11/2020 1:26:00 PM
I'll write about more thoughts later but the primary difficulty here is that the line is taken out of rhythmic context. Given the line out of context I strongly feel the simile in line one, no matter the argument for syllables, has a more iambic feel because it has more comfortable flow and pronouncing it with two syllables sounds as affected as those who pronounce toward as two syllables. How do most people with a relatively accent free dialect speak when they use the word. Let us leave the exact science to escape velocity and poetic "feel" to our ears and not some pointy head counting "real" syllables which mean NOTHING. It doesn't matter anyway - the way you leave your reader does.
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Date: 4/11/2020 9:42:00 AM
Interesting blog John and actually more proof as to why many have such difficulty writing with any type of cadence when they are either required to or wish to employ as a poetic tool. It is much like someone saying to you impromptu, "Tell that FUNNY joke you to told me" or "Sing that song you do so well". I call it "On-the Spotism". Anything you have to specifically "Think" about and is less spontaneous becomes more stilted/less natural and therefore usually poorly performed. Practice=Perfection (or closer to) - yes, but only if you're taught the fundamentals correctly and most are approaching cadence/meter backwards--step #1 forget about syllables! I'll be back to clarify.
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:47:00 PM
Craig, I once had a friend tell me I was going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this new movie. As expected, I found it very ordinary and dull. I returned to see it 15 years later and actually enjoyed it very much! The setup totally killed it. "On-the-Spotism" - I like that!
Date: 4/10/2020 10:14:00 AM
Great first blog, John!
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:36:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea! I didn't know it would generate such enthusiastic banter! Kudos to you for suggesting I do it.
Date: 4/10/2020 10:13:00 AM
John, for me, both lines sound good. But I lean toward number one. I would realize as I was reading the lines of iambic pentameter that the first person was a (pome) pronouncer person. and if saw line 2, I would switch to Po-em in my mind, realizing the writer was probably a Brit (I know Brian says the English don't call themselves Brits,but I just saw down here , Wendy said "we brits")! Thanks for including my long boring article I wrote a long time ago about syllables. I do find it a fascinating topic! I have never in my life heard "going" pronounced as one syllable, but I agree more with Nina and Line on this one! Both ways can be correct!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/13/2020 9:32:00 PM
haha, thanks, John!!
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:34:00 PM
Craig, I really like your EB White quote regarding who calls whom "Yankee".
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:32:00 PM
Andrea, you win the prize for enkindling the most commentary! The discourse regarding British, Brits, Yanks, and Yankees was most enlightening.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/11/2020 5:33:00 PM
All this brought up a great old movie "Yankee Doddle Dandy" with James Cagney - the dance scene left me out of breath way back when I was in great shape--the George M Cohen story - great oldie
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/11/2020 2:10:00 PM
yes, and then there is the musical Damn Yankees. Let's not forgot the baseball team! I think I also have a wee bit of Scandanavian blood too! My sister had her DNA done and I look so much like her, I am assuming we are very similar in our DNA as well.
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craig cornish
Date: 4/11/2020 9:13:00 AM
Hmm, Pretty similar lineage AD except I'm about 80% Brit, then Welsh, then Scot & Irish with a tad French...but 100% Yank and proud of it. The Yanks as New Englander's kicked the Brits back across the pond, beat the Rebels to end slavery much sooner than it would have otherwise evolved and as eastern Europe refers to Americans saved the Brits, Scots, Irish, French and the rest from all becoming Krauts. EB White who wrote Charlotte's Web and revised a book by Strunks (which I read in linguistics) called "The Elements of Style" addresses some of the idiosyncrasies of "American" English had a humorous take on the word "Yankee". To foreigners a yankee is an American; To Americans a yankee is a northerner; To northerners a yankee is an easterner; To easterners a yankee is a New Englander; To New Englander a yankee is a Vermonter and to a Vermonter a yankee is someone who eats pie for breakfast. Syllables are another subject.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/11/2020 1:16:00 AM
Ha, Keith, I didn’t know that’s where ‘pom’ came from. Always thought it was something to do with potatoes lol. Stupid pom that I am! I am more than happy with ‘Brit’ by the way but I’m not sure the Scottish are too happy with ‘Scotch’. Drinking it, yes. Being called it, no. ;-)
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/10/2020 7:45:00 PM
I don't mind Yank or Yankee. I think most Americans do not care about such things. I think Yankee dated back to the REvolution when the redcoats sang it to mock the Americans!! But it became famous with Yankees because the American troops just sang it back and did not let it bother them (that is what I read somewhere about the song). yes, Dylan was quite the poet!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/10/2020 2:55:00 PM
by the way, Brian, I am at least 1/4 to 1/3 Welsh blood and a little English and Scotch/Irish mixed in! My mother is quite proud of being Welsh. She has this notion they are great singers and poets.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/10/2020 2:50:00 PM
ok you British (Welsh) people whatever. For those of us "across the pond" we kinda like our slang a lot!!! hahaha
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Julia Ward
Date: 4/10/2020 2:02:00 PM
I agree with Brian. I NEVER call myself a Brit - British, please.
Date: 4/10/2020 9:16:00 AM
I would go with number two as it seems to have better sounding meter. Even Shakespeare dropped the occasional nine syllable lines to preserve the cadence and meter and often the impact of his lines.
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:25:00 PM
Thanks for the vote, John. I believe you were the first American to register a vote. It is to be expected when posting a blog after midnight California time that our European friends would have first crack at it!
Date: 4/10/2020 6:50:00 AM
I would humbly beg to differ with the idea that syllable count is unimportant especially in relation to the flow of certain poetic forms - sonnets come to mind. However, although I disagree, Nina that 'going' could ever be considered as a one-syllabled word, there is certainly a discrepancy between the way we all read the rhythm of a sentence. As a Brit, I agree with Julia, John, that 'poem' would always be considered a 2-syllabled word. Thus example 2 has the British vote! ........................................................... An interesting discussion has emerged around my use of the word 'Brit' which I hardly ever use but it just popped into my mind as a comparison to the many American poets who might be browsing the blog. I guess 'As a Briton' or 'British person', would have been more fitting, however I see nothing derogatory about this simple abbreviation. On official forms and if asked my nationality, I would tend to write Welsh actually. As for POM, Keith I've heard that it stands for 'Poets Of Merit' so we'll take that!!
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Julia Ward
Date: 4/12/2020 3:36:00 AM
John, Thanks for your sensitivity to this issue. If someone asked me if I were a Brit, I'd say no, but I'm British.
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:22:00 PM
Julia, thank you for educating me about the use of "Brit". I wasn't aware that it was a phrase a British person would take issue with. I shall endeavor to use it with care, if I use it at all.
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:19:00 PM
Wendy, thank you for your original comment and the enlightening addendum. Also, for such politeness in begging to differ! The whole British vs. Brit sub-dialogue was an unexpected twist, but very enlightening.
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Julia Ward
Date: 4/10/2020 1:58:00 PM
Yes a British vote... I take issue with "Brit", though. It's only been used in the last few years and was started by the foreign press.
Date: 4/10/2020 6:38:00 AM
I strongly think some words should be flexible ~ depending on their context, ie how the poet wants the line to be read. One other consideration is regional accents. So, my vote is for a third category of "either/or".
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:16:00 PM
Good points, Line. Distinctions between nations or even regions within a nation make for the human diversity that makes the arts so intriguing. Your comment about flexibility seems to have a lot of support, too.
Date: 4/10/2020 6:21:00 AM
Generally 2 (I think saying ‘pome’ sounds a bit... simple???!) but one of the many things I hate about syllable counters is they discount the role of the reader in interpreting the syllable count that fits the context. There are many examples of words that can have 1 or 2 syllables - fire, going, poem.. if someone was rhyming pome with home then i would pronounce it with one syllable! Likewise if they wrapped it in IP in a way that made it clear that 1 syllable was needed, i would read it with 1 syllable. For me, your example 2 still reads better though.
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:11:00 PM
Nina, "interpreting the syllable count that fits the context" was well said. It places at least some of the burden upon the reader to consider the landscape. To give the writer some benefit of the doubt, so to speak. I think several other respondents agree with you!
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craig cornish
Date: 4/11/2020 7:51:00 AM
The most comprehensive comment on this blog Nina
Date: 4/10/2020 2:48:00 AM
In British English, the word is never said as one syllable when spoken correctly.
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:04:00 PM
Plus, you win the prize for being the first to comment, beating Brian by mere seconds!
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John Watt
Date: 4/11/2020 11:03:00 PM
Julia, from the respondents above, I see you have represented the British English speakers well, as all those from the U.K., Australia, and Canada agree with two syllables.

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8/29/2020 One Nightstand Limerickhumorous,
8/27/2020 A River Wends Tetractyscareer,growing up,river,s
8/26/2020 Not The Nine Sonnetappreciation,blessing,god
8/26/2020 Life Had Other Plans Monokuchange,children,death,los
8/25/2020 Tomorrow's Menu Monokucute,
8/24/2020 Play Ball Shapebaseball,
8/24/2020 Craziest Time At The Funny Farm Alliterationanimal,farm,funny,
8/24/2020 The Great Charter Senryuleadership,love,world,
8/23/2020 Once Lyricdream,love,marriage,
8/22/2020 Love Words Shapecare,devotion,love,passio
8/22/2020 First Day at the Zoo Rhyme2nd grade,animal,childhoo
8/21/2020 Another Thought Of You Lyriclonging,love,magic,
8/20/2020 My Time Machine Sonnet7th grade,god,parents,tee
8/19/2020 Something You Should Know About Me Free verseimagination,
8/19/2020 She Dreams Tetractysdream,family,love,war,
8/19/2020 Asymmetry Haibunchange,
8/18/2020 Incandescence Dizainlight,love,
8/18/2020 Summer Camp Rhymefirst love,goodbye,love,s
8/16/2020 Avoid Cliches Like The Plague Rhymeclass,poetry,word play,wr
8/15/2020 When Life Pushes - Ziket Free verseprayer,
8/14/2020 Master Plan Lyricfaith,god,trust,
8/12/2020 Seeds of Enchantment Blank verseflower,muse,mystery,poetr
8/11/2020 Who First Rhymelove,marriage,
8/10/2020 Word Tigers Rhymepoetry,words,
8/10/2020 Armor of God Tail-rhymechristian,god,religious,s
8/8/2020 Little Black Dress Enclosed Rhymebetrayal,break up,hurt,hu
8/7/2020 When A Sparrow Falls Lyricbird,death,sorrow,
8/6/2020 XO - A Kiss and a Hug Shapefirst love,kiss,love,roma
8/5/2020 Taming Tigers Sonnetpoetry,tiger,writing,
8/3/2020 What Do I Say Haibundeath,grief,loss,sympathy
8/3/2020 Dear Life, I Love You So Free verselife,
8/2/2020 My Choir Director Free versemusic,
8/1/2020 Little Dove Rhymeage,bird,
7/30/2020 For Your Infinite Love Rhymechristian,god,jesus,love,
7/29/2020 The Great Outdoors - Constanza Rhymeromantic love,rose,summer
7/29/2020 Here It Comes Free versehope,light,love,song,sun,
7/29/2020 RST Alliterationbird,flower,tree,
7/27/2020 Note to Self Free versefood,
7/27/2020 For Sale Versebaby,
7/25/2020 The Connoisseur Rhymeart,
7/24/2020 Baseball By The Numbers Rhymebaseball,
7/23/2020 The Plate Tectonics of Platonic Histrionics Free verselove hurts,relationship,t
7/23/2020 Blessings of Music Abecedarianappreciation,blessing,mus
7/19/2020 Matthew Anish Free versebaseball,
7/17/2020 Musings on Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 Rhymelove,marriage,storm,
7/17/2020 I'd Find Nirvana Rhymepeace,
7/16/2020 Shepherd and Lamb Haibunallegory,faith,
7/14/2020 Inspired II Free verseart,blue,inspiration,
7/14/2020 Andrea and the Andarees Rhymesong,
7/14/2020 I Paused, She Paused Free versecrush,lost love,song,
7/12/2020 Osprey Tankabird,
7/12/2020 October, When the Leaves Intensify Villanellebaseball,october,
7/11/2020 Learning to Drive, Learning to Live Haibuncar,dad,son,
7/10/2020 A Psalm of Hope Lyricgod,peace,religious,storm
7/10/2020 You Were Euphoria Versedance,first love,kiss,
7/8/2020 Silly Sally's Summer Sale Light Versebooks,humorous,
7/7/2020 First Date, Last Date Versecrush,lost love,
7/5/2020 Unheralded Prince Personificationart,depression,night,sky,
7/5/2020 That Starry Night Ekphrasisart,depression,night,pass
7/3/2020 Summer Daze Lyricsummer,
7/3/2020 Time Quatraintime,
6/30/2020 Requiem For A Friend Free versedeath of a friend,
6/29/2020 King of Glory Lyricchristian,jesus,
6/29/2020 Is It Too Late Rhymelost love,sad love,
6/29/2020 Maze Ethereegarden,lost,river,tree,
6/28/2020 Consolation's Arms Sonnetdeath,death of a friend,g
6/26/2020 Saxophone Fantasy Rhyme Royaldance,fantasy,music,
6/26/2020 Be That One Quatrainage,growing up,truth,yout
6/26/2020 Dividends of Love Sonnetlove,memory,moon,summer,
6/26/2020 Into A Cloud Free versepassion,romantic love,sen
6/25/2020 Write Here, Write Now Quatrainpoetry,writing,
6/23/2020 With Shouts Of Thanksgiving Acrosticgod,religious,thanksgivin
6/20/2020 Not My Will, But Thine Be Done Rhymefaith,god,jesus,prayer,
6/20/2020 Signs of Life Englyncar,
6/17/2020 Hopeful Hot Wheels Free versecar,childhood,nostalgia,
6/16/2020 Leaving Wales Lyricleaving,longing,love,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
A Winter Rose - A Sonnet Sonnetrose,winter,
My Tree's Seasons Haikutree,
My Guitar Rhymedepression,hope,music,
Gifts Sonnetblessing,nature,sea,sky,
Burning Embers Sonnetlove,romance,
Find Me in My Solitude Free versesolitude,
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
MISDEMEANOR Sonnetnature,wind,
A Poet's Gift Free verseart,poetry,writing,
An Empty Tissue Box Sonnetbody,grief,pain,
The Thunderstorm Quatrainstorm,
Lament Rhymedestiny,sad,
a sempiternal legacy Free versemarriage,
IN THE MIRROR Shapeage,growing up,time,
On Water and Wing Sonnetanalogy,appreciation,bird
Autumn Magic Sonnetappreciation,autumn,high
Passion of Fire Fibonaccibeautiful,
SNOW BIRD Sonnetdecember,nature,seasons,w
Dreams Too Sweet Sonnetdream,metaphor,night,pass
The Digger's Children Rhymelife,war,
RECIPE Sonnetearth,fire,water,
I am Poetry Personificationbeauty,nature,poetry,
Poetry Is Free verselife,loss,love,poetry,wri
The Rowboat on the Marsh Sonnetdeath,imagery,metaphor,
Of Me Sonnetsimple,words,
The Mirage Rhymeangst,death,image,imagina
Easter Prayer Sonneteaster,inspirational,pray
Which Door to Open Italian Sonnetanalogy,future,life,metap
The wounds of war Sonnetfear,love,mother,war,
Message in an Acrostic Contest Acrosticromantic,
Rainy Day Dreams Sonnetdream,longing,love,rain,
the ecstasy of words Rhymesimple,words,
One April Day Sonnetapril,
A Reverse Rant Light Versehumor,irony,poetry,writin
better than this Shapebeauty,magic,senses,sunsh
Beauty of spring Sonnetcreation,daffodils,flower
Grace and Solitude Rhymemoon,night,peace,sky,
let your love touch me Rhymesimple,words,
The Old Man In The Mirror Free verseallegory,body,death,engag
FALL IN LOVE Acrosticautumn,love,nature,
Linger awhile, sweet summer Rubaiyatbeach,beauty,flower,summe
What Easter Means To Me Rondeaureligionday,day,
See-Saws Sonnetinspiration,life,metaphor
The Wintered Soul Among Wisteria Sonnetgrief,
Shadows Sonnetinspirational,
Like Cleansing Rain Coupletpoets,
Beauty Sleeping Rhymebeauty,bird,color,flower,
Winter Magic Sonnetwinter,
To Paint With Words Rondeauappreciation,art,metaphor
When Poets come together as One Rhymehope,poetry,poets,
Xanadu Verseimagination,
Superman Sonnethero,truth,
Ribbon Free verseanalogy,cancer,health,los
Watering the Garden of Dreams Free verseallusion,care,dream,earth
Keep Our Ghosts At Bay Free versefriendship,
Last Breath Rhymeanalogy,death,life,
Purveyors of Words Sonnetinspirational,poetry,poet
Poetry Soap Coupletabuse,conflict,jealousy,l
Carpe Diem - Each Breath Carpe Diemlife,
TIME Free versehusband,i love you,life,
Nascent Warmth Rhymeanalogy,birth,mother,
Unity - 2 Corinthians 13:11 Listbible,encouraging,love,pe
We Finally Got It Right Sonnetlonging,love,lust,
The Lamp of Hope Rhymefaith,hope,
THRU MARITIME MILES Epicadventure,fantasy,funny,h
Rambunctious Haikucolor,day,morning,night,s
Latent Desires Free verseanalogy,desire,longing,
Best Friend Sonnetfriend,
The Meaning Of Life Quatrainlife,meaningful,
Amadeus - Amade Free versefarewell,life,music,
In a Field of Gold Quintain (English)lost love,nature,
YES,I KNOW I WON'T BE HERE FOREVER Lyricemotions,
Kept Safe Sonnetemotions,life,longing,
Thank You for the Music Free verselife,music,song,thank you
In This Sky of Night Sonnetromance,sky,
A Poet's Cry Rhymegrief,nature,poets,words,
Cactus In Bloom Limerickmetaphor,
Miles To Go Rhymeanalogy,appreciation,deat
A grateful heart Kyriellegod,heart,thanksgiving,
Hannah's Plea Free versejoy,mother son,prayer,
ever sending Rhymeemotions,love,
Miracles Do Happen Narrative10th grade,
Green Anniversaries Free versecancer,hope,marriage,
Strangely Beautiful Sonnetabsence,beautiful,lonely,
Dawning Dreams Sonnetdream,moon,
With Faith Rhymefaith,
Evolutionary Sequel - full circle Haikuanimal,earth,environment,
The Garden That Lives On Shapegarden,
Inside This Little Room Italian Sonneton writing and words
PORTAL Free versejourney,life,music,rememb
Enchanted Luna Sonnetlove,moon,
Battling Addiction Shapecourage,me,me,
To the Dandelion in the Concrete Personificationcharacter,endurance,flowe
A CURVE ON THE FACE Free versesmile,
She Held My Heart Free verseangel,autumn,courage,lost
At the End of the Rainbow Coupletrainbow,
My Voice is an Echo in the Field Rhymehope,
Summer's Heat Sonnetappreciation,beach,beauty
Conifer's Confession Free verseappreciation,love,metapho
EVE OF STORMS Free verseanger,

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Eileen Manassian _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
Winged Warrior Canada Flag Canada Read
Jo Daniel India Flag India Read
Brandy Nicole United States Flag United States Read
J P Marmaro United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Gregory R Barden United States Flag United States Read
Line Gauthier Canada Flag Canada Read
Sam Kauffman United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Gordon McConnell United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Michelle Faulkner United States Flag United States Read
Nina Parmenter United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Kim Rodrigues United States Flag United States Read
Ann Gilmour United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Rercy Zola-Zaba Botswana Flag Botswana Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
Aditi Mishra India Flag India Read
John Watt United States Flag United States Read
Silent One United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Malabika Ray Choudhury Canada Flag Canada Read
Jhinuk Mukherjee India Flag India Read
Regina McIntosh United States Flag United States Read
Lillian Twolsky United States Flag United States Read
Jenna Logan United States Flag United States Read
Becca Teagan United States Flag United States Read
Panagiota Romios United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
Eve Roper United States Flag United States Read
Susan Ashley United States Flag United States Read
Susan Woodrow Fiji Flag Fiji Read