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More Alphabet Soup, Please

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More Alphabet Soup, Please

Post  mikeschultz on Tue Jan 31 2012, 06:49

Depending upon the seasons of dire circumstances
That burn or freeze us in lengthy alternating cycles,
We either warm to the task and then try to sweat it out,
Or most of us will fail for our not trying as we ought.

“I think I can, I think I can…” said the little engine,
So why can’t we? Why must our sweetest grapes make sour wine?
When does hope become hopelessness, and why do we still strive
Against the greatest odds, when we don’t know why, yet believe?

Nations built on Alphabet Soup’s literary ethic
Are nations that love their poets whose lines are nice,
Melodic and remembered, as with Scotland’s Robert Burns
Who wrote of Scotland’s countryside in earth-toned beige and browns.

The health of a country is marked by its working poets
Describing the seasons of dire circumstances as tropes.


Michael Schultz © January 31, 2012 (0717)
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Re: More Alphabet Soup, Please

Post  mikeschultz on Tue Jan 31 2012, 06:51

This is a "Fourteener" which is a poem of fourteen lines of fourteen syllables each. Also, please notice the sight-rhyme couplets. Enjoy. And thanks for reading. Mike


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Re: More Alphabet Soup, Please

Post  Lucie on Tue Jan 31 2012, 07:38

nicely written, I admit I am but a mere ditty writer but admire the way some can follow the rules...I'll give it a go
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Post  mikeschultz on Tue Jan 31 2012, 08:12

Thank you. I find working with forms a bit challenging and very much an act of discovery as the poem is composed from a thought, a moment, or a memory. Thanks again.
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