Tag Archives: Opinion

I Hate Long Poems and I Cannot Lie

I hate long poems and I cannot lie

The words slog by

as they catch my eye

It’s just too much

and I will not try

to read it all

or my brain might fry

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That Poem Won’t Bark

Some poems that I’ve read

of late

seem to render muddled

what was blindingly clear

It means you are very profound and very austere

when your expressions are garbled and harsh to the ear

or when nobody knows what on earth you meant.

Besides all that,

apparently,

it is déclassé to rhyme

in this particular space in time

Wordsworth could rhyme and not be damned

and Robert Frost had a rhythm and jibe

that could not be slammed

Langston Hughes threw caution to the wind

and rhymed, on occasion,

and his words would flow

Can’t do that today if you’re in the know

An entire anthology of new poetry, I scanned

Not ONE dared to rhyme — I guess nobody can!

seems like by accident

someone would slip

and find that a rhyme had come to his lip

 

 

Change is already over

We must fight climate change

(goes the ubiquitous cry

–but can’t fight metaphysics

feel free to try)

the climate has been changing

since climate began

remember when al gore was thin?

–even before then–

Now, should we clean up the environment

in which we all live?

we should and we can and

as it happens …..we are

and hysterical panic

will not help at all

Doing things that don’t work

can lead to a fall

Genuine science keeps searching

and is never quite settled

Can we stop being belligerent

and relax for awhile?

Some of the solutions

turn out to be ridiculous

so continue the search

let this work be meticulous

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Foreword

I’m just not in love with forewords to books.

I want to read the book itself not what someone I don’t even know thinks about it.

This might mean I’m not intellectual enough. But sometimes having someone dissect a work of art just seems condescending as if I won’t get it just by the author’s words. Might be insulting to the writer in a way.

If it needs a foreword, is it because the writer didn’t make things clear in the book?

I might like an “afterword” especially if I don’t feel like finishing a book that I’m not wild about and I want a summary of it. Or if it’s so great I want to have a conversation about it–even a remote one.

Sometimes I’ll read the foreword after i read the book–if it draws me in. I usually try reading the foreword up to the point I become exasperated. That tends to happen if it’s a long ordeal: write your own damn book why doncha’ ?

That’s my two cents!

Anyway…. I wonder what other people think about forewords? Helpful? What do you say, other people?

Looking for Light in the News of the Day

In light of the darkness of recent events

I am feeling befuddled

And mixed up and tense

I’ve grown tired of the pickets

on this particular fence

Too much manipulation

Too much pretense

Some days I achieve empathy

Would I rather be dense?

Ah, well, life is so good when I look up and around

…and maybe the news can be simply turned down.

Pet Peeve

Just read some entries on a blog by someone else

Trying to expand my worldview a little way beyond myself

and the tone seemed to be mocking and condescending

A most superior person with each and every answer and opinions unending

who can barely tolerate anyone who thinks differently

or has a conflicting take on situations and how things could be

Seems so judgmental while criticizing others for being judgmental

I get the judging part and I think it’s fundamental

People do judge, will judge and occasionally must judge

but how about this?  This is an opinion of mine that won’t budge

Knock off the judging under the guise of having an open mind

while trashing anyone who won’t tow the party line