April is National Poetry Month - Where is My Muse?

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A Haiku for National Poetry Month

I used to write poetry quite often. Well, at least poetry is what I called it. I'm not the world's most prolific poet nor do I claim to even come close to the upper echelon of poets on HubPages, but I still enjoy writing poems. Well, at least I used to.

I haven't written a poem in months. When I was in the Apprenticeship Program, we had to write full-length hubs about different topics, but writing poetry wasn't an option. I worked hard to get the hubs written that were required of me. That process took a lot of energy--and a lot out of me. The program was a good one; it did teach me some things. When it was all over, though, six months later, I found that I hadn't written even a single poem on my own time.

I think the poetry groove was sucked out of me for a while. I have been as dry as a slug on a salt block--that metaphor is the most creativity I've expressed in some time.

My muse must have tired of me and left, seemingly never to return. I have started writing with different ideas in my head several times, but I can never finish a poem. Or what comes out of my brain and falls onto the paper or computer screen is totally lame. Kind of like what I'm going to share with you here. At least what I have written here is something. A start. Maybe my muse will give me a break, forgive me, and come back soon to give me some inspiration. I can hope.


Find Your Muse!

National Poetry Month

Did you write a poem for National Poetry Month in April?

  • Yes, of course!
  • Me? No way.
  • Not this year.
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Where is My Muse?

It’s Poetry Month

Still can’t write a freakin’ poem

Not a word will come


No poems in April

National Poetry Month

I thought I’d write some


But no matter what

Could not come up with a thing

And I’m not sure why


No visions, no words

That I could put to paper

A poet gone dry


That I must not be--

A poet I say loosely

Though I can pretend


And hope for my muse

To return to me soon to

inspire me again.


Poem vs. Po-em

How do you pronounce "poem"?

  • In one syllable.
  • Definitely two syllables.
  • I'm really not sure now.
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Is "Poem" One Syllable or Two?

"Poems" in the third stanza gave me pause. Poem? Po-em? I did a bit of research, and it appears that pronunciation of "poem" varies by dialect dependent on the region where someone grew up.

Dictionary.com shows the word in two syllables. I do have a huge and heavy Oxford English Dictionary that could give me a definitive answer, but I seem to have misplaced it. How does one misplace such an item? But I have. So, while I lean toward the two-syllable pronunciation of "poem," I have no ultimate proof. With that said, I hope your reading of my poem is not hindered by the possibility of six syllables in a line that should have five.

Work on pronouncing "poem" or "poems" with one syllable. That could help.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Oh Vicky--loved this! And though this year was good for me--last year was not--so I really get it!


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

I am not a poet and I know it. Writing one is almost like having a tooth extraction because it comes that hard for me. For those who are accustomed to writing poems and have lost their groove because of inactivity, I can sympathize. However, knowing you once had it, the act of writing poems again will surely find its way back to you. Hang in there.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Audrey--I'm glad you like it! Yeah, this poetry month has been bad for me. This is my first hub at all this month. Thanks for the support!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'll tell you how bad it is for you, Vicki....even I wrote a poem this month, and I don't write poetry. I'm so sorry my friend. :) The muse will return...I have no doubt.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

RachaelO--Thanks for saying that. And for reading. Ouch--a tooth extraction??? :-)


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hi Ms Lynn. Interesting that certain kinds of writing can kick the ---- right out of the poetry oeuvre. Hang in there, it will all come back (it's like riding a bicycle) you won't forget how.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Awesome, love it! I envy poets, it's never really been my thing. Thanks for the advice and I hope your muse visits soon!


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Nice haiku, fun and a pleasure to read. I think you have it in you still! Jamie


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, Bill, that IS bad! LOL. I did have your hub opened up, read the piece about Bev and the supermarket. :-) I don't think I finished it or left a comment. Distractions, distractions! I'll have to go back and do that!


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janetwrites 2 years ago from Georgia country

When I was a school kid I was very much into writing poems but over years I lost my muse to write poems. It's really a pity! I have tried to write one several times but I couldn't write down something I like. I hope you will find your muse again.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Vickie, this is good. I feel your pain because I never could write poetry. In fact, I arranged my English classes at Batesville High so I could work around writing poetry. At one of our reunions about 4 years ago a friend who was writing poetry reminded me of my misdeed. I envy anyone who can write poetry, and I loved your little verse. I hope your muse returns soon. I'm sure she will. Voted up++


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wonderful poetry Victoria. Great work and wishing you a good day.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

snakeslane--Like riding a bike, huh? Does it matter that I haven't been on one in years. LOL. Thanks for the encouragement!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

WiccanSage--Oh, how I wish it came to me more easily! Thanks for visiting!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, thanks, Jamie! That means a lot coming from you!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

janetwrites--Perhaps you should keep trying. Maybe one day you'll find your muse, too!


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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

The Muse sometimes goes awol but should return some day soon or some moonlit night soon. It'll all be very mysterious. Or not.

When she leaves me I know it's only for a short while so to console myself I read more poems than usual, that way I fool myself into thinking she's still around indirectly, through the inspiration of other poets.

Your poem is a beautiful irony...no Muse but still a poem writes itself. Wonderful!


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Hark! What is that I hear? Why, it is a po-em. Your muse is still there Victoria, listening from a hearing distance. Maybe on spring break but not too far away.

I voted this up plus it was a combination of a humorous story a beautiful, awesome poem. I also pinned it.

Kevin


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks MizB! That's funny that your friends give you a hard time about your "misdeed." LOL. Very funny!


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epbooks 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

It sounds good to me! Although, I must say, I don't know anything about poetry!!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Eddy! Much appreciated!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

chef-de-jour--I like your sense of humor. It IS a good idea to read more poems. Perhaps that will hasten the return of the Muse! Yes, at least a poem came out of my lack of inspiration. :-) Thanks.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Doesn't matter, just be sure to wear your safety gear ie crash helmet lol


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Victoria Lynn, this was quite enjoyable. I thought your poem was well-done in speaking frank truth in a most creative way. Nice hub, glad I stopped by. Voted up and funny. I think poem is really one syllable. The jaw of the mouth moves once followed by the lips forming to complete the word. To me, that's one syllable. Ha ha ha ha ha, lol!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

The Examiner--Yes, a po-em. heehee. Thanks for sharing the poem, Kevin. Here's hoping my Muse will come back stronger than ever! Thanks for the lovely comments!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

epbooks--Glad it sounds good to ya! Maybe you should try your hand at poetry yourself. :-) You might surprise yourself!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

LOL snakeslane--That's funny!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, I just love this. Your muse is alive and well!

Very clever. So glad your wrote this and so happy I read it!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

If you ask me, it sounds like your muse is back. Baby steps Victoria Lynn-baby steps...LOL


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

janshares--Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, I agree that "poem" is one syllable. heehee! ;-)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

vocalcoach! I'm so glad you love it. Your opinion and your visit means a lot to me--always!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Minnetonka Twin--Glad you think so! Thanks so much. Yes, baby steps, baby steps!!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I had to stop and consider how I pronounce "poem". I had it right! I think it requires a determned, creative mind to write a poem and I have no doubt you will once again write poetry for us to enjoy.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches--I had to think about "poem," too, and I do agree with everyone that it is actually comprised of two syllables. Maybe I'll revise that one line. :-) Thanks for the compliment. I would love to write more poetry soon.

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