Monday, March 24, 2014

What a Poem Can Be - a poem about poems

What a Poem Can Be
Greg Pincus
(inspired by Marilyn Singer's What Water Can Be)

Complete in a couplet
    A poem, petite
Placed well on the page
    A poem, concrete
An A B, A B verse
    A poem that's rhyming
Clear metered precision
    A poem with timing
Strong words in set structure
    A poem well formed
On stage off the page
    A poem performed
Fun twists causing laughter
    A poem with wit
Best words in best order
    A poem well writ

Today's poem was written in response to the poetry prompt at The Miss Rumphius Effect, sharing Marilyn Singer's poem from her book How to Cross a Pond: Poems About Water.

I don't know that this form has a name, but it was true that it forced me to think of word choice. I suspect I will tweak and tweak and tweak this one because I had so much fun with it, but I promised myself I'd post what I had today... and here 'tis!

Good fun. Thanks for the prompt, Tricia!

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Jone said...

Love this Greg!

laurasalas said...

This fabulous!

Eric Ode said...

Oh, but I like this a lot, Greg! Well done.

April Halprin Wayland said...

This is WONDERFUL, Greg. Really, really wonderful.

Sarah said...

I hope it doesn't change too much!

Cathy said...

A poem is so many things. You've captured them beautifully here.


Charles Waters said...

I really enjoyed this exercise as well. PINCUS POWER!

Mary Lee said...

Love this!

Tara said...

Well done!