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A Character

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“Then you are a poet?’

she asked, fingering

the flyer in her pocket.

No not at all,

he waved his hand.

I am merely a character

in a poem.”

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― Karen Tei Yamashita

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Elfje: Cinquain

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hand

pass out

give to each

play cards for fun

deal

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Senryu:

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her expectations

she will cry over spilt milk

she wants what she wants

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Poem:

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no rhyme, no reason, no character
the poem had no relationship with an ancient mariner
the words just stumbled along looking for a home
the poem even sought advice from the garden gnome

even the writing muse shook her head
she said no line could be writ with a golden thread
despite the obstacles the poem kept trudging along
the page had to be filled come right or wrong

and then in a dream the character appeared
a hero who said there was nothing to be feared
said she, the words you seek are a dime a dozen
and most are as enjoyable as a kissing cousin

the poem was ecstatic, giggling with delight
the ideas kept coming day and night
adieu the hero said, my job is done here
she said the poems model should be Shakespeare

so is this a sonnet, to be or not to be
probably. with just an extra quatrain, as you can see

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A Witch’s Brew

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“Poetry operates

by hints and

dark suggestions.

It is full of secrets

and hidden formulae,

like a witch’s brew.”

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     ~   Anthony Hecht
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Elfje:            (Cinquain)         

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poet

a word

what could be

a song to sing

poem

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Tanka:             5-7-5, 7-7
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a birthday today
God blessed him to live this long
now older than  dirt

pleasant memories abound
a simple life lived with love

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Poem:

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The only truth we have
is the real life we have lived
haim, life in Hebrew, to the rav
from memory the past is derived

ego’s pride makes up the lies
the false life we wanted to live
trying to avoid the booby prize
avoiding effort we needed to give

was it real or was it a dream
times swift pace makes life a blur
layers of reality from a deep running stream
ambitions which events had us defer

Tomorrow, God granted,
will we live the truth
with real can we be contented
or must we seek the fountain of youth

don’t waste time waiting for the last dance
if you are given that last chance
live a life that you want to be true
a life with no lies is easy to review

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ME and the Boss

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