Portia Lane

(California)

A Poet's Plight


I have here my pen and pad
And now I plan to prove my genius

If I can only get this stupid pen to work

I will use mesmerizing metaphors
And beyond brilliant similes
I will compare things never compared before
I will give words new meanings

If I can only get this stupid pen to work

I will stitch my story one scene at a time
Decoratively divulging distinct memories
I will quaintly quilt what is on my mind
Even reluctantly memorializing past misery

If I can only get this stupid pen to work

I will tell tales never told before
In ways no one has ever heard before
I will leave my listener wanting more
Each stanza sending them through another door

If I can only get this stupid pen to work

I will cunningly construct a new poetic form
Into which rhythm and rhyme will swarm
Into which even prominent poets will storm
For it will transcend traditional norms


If I can only get this stupid pen to write!

Ugh! I give up! !

This is a despairing dilemma I have disdainfully endured
A wicked war waged against me without forewarning

This
Is another example
Of a Poet's
Plight

Submitted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Topic(s): poets


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