An Inexperienced Poet

my first time

thinking of nonsensical comparisons

extravagant words 

but why —

poetry

 

my first time 

debating uppercase or lowercase

I’m no good 

Why’d I try — 

poetry

 

My first time

I was told the best make no sense 

trees and cake tell no lies

flowers are for old men who can’t smell 

Did that make sense —

poetry

 

my first time 

lines are supposed to be

Short

that’s not right they’re supposed to be long 

Am I correct — 

Poetry

 

My first time 

the best poems rhyme 

No those are the worst 

how is this verse — 

poetry 

 

my first time 

use meter

Write an octave 

sonnets are the way to go

What’s iambic pentameter — 

poetry

 

my first time 

choosing where to stop stanzas

worrying about patterns 

ABECAFGSB

this must be free verse 

Am I learning — 

poetry

 

My first time 

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     n’t d

          e

          e

          p    /en(oug)h

mak

           es too m!uc-h 

sense

I’m 

                         not E. !E. 

C

u(mmin—)gs

is this iambic pentameter — 

Poetry

 

my first time

I was told poetry comes with experience 

‘your comparisons are awful 

Always use lowercase

never make sense

rhyming is evil

Short lines only

your structure is nonexistent’ 

I better stop this stanza before I’m told my poem

sucks. 

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