Curse of Poetry 101

I have to confess to something.  I had another post planned about Odd Obstacles in adventures, but I couldn’t figure what I was talking about.  Instead, I wandered around my files and found this poem from 2011.  It was part of a personal challenge to post a poem every day for a year and I believe this one came from being criticized about not following various rules.  God only knows what I did to the English language, but I’m tossing it up without editing or checking.  Let’s take some risks.  Right, Zoidberg?


I hear it
I see it
The question
What is a poem?
It is an opening
A call
To shred
And maim
A defenseless expression
Born of heart
And soul

Does it truly matter
If we fail
To rhyme the words
When the emotions
Are so strong
Say yes
These are the ones
That wait
In a stationary circle
In anticipation
To tear
Into a work of soul
With no remorse
And a hint
Of smarmy pride

I tired of this
Long ago
Trying to put
To my madness
The say ending
I would present
Reading loud
And clear
Only to find
That my words
Were empty
Rotted by my logic
And dependence
On the rules

No more
I play by rules
No more
Take your rhymes
Your meters
And choke on them
I let my fingers
Fly without true purpose
Following images
That dance
Behind closed eyes
For unknown voices
I am at the whim
Of my imagination
And I feel peace

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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19 Responses to Curse of Poetry 101

  1. Still relevant today. You go boy!


  2. Well, it is much more fun to break the rules and this is wonderful!! 🙂


  3. Jan Hawke says:

    There’s a time and a place for poetry forms, but not so many out of the school-room. You learn the rules and then you can break them or not – what matters is the spirit of what you want to say remaining true to yourself. Free verse rules every time! 😀


  4. L. Marie says:

    Wow! That’s great! A poem is a poem whether it rhymes or not!


  5. Don’t you hate those characters, like The Demon (Dc Comics) who speak in rhyme?


  6. samba2017 says:

    I really enjoyed reading this. Most of my poetry rhymes and I love rhyme but I totally see how great and free poems can be without ryhme too. Have a good weekend, Sam 🙂


    • Thanks. Rhyming is fun and I use it at times. Have a bad habit of rhyming myself into a dead end though. That’s never fun when you’re writing along and then you hit a word that makes ‘orange’ look like ‘cat’.


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