Rhyme Song ... A Poem



In honor of Valentine's Day, several hubbers have recently written wonderful hubs and poetry about finding love; recognizing love and building upon it.

This lyrical poem speaks to why we may lose love, and poses the question, "Was it ever love to begin with?"



What rhymes and verse we failed to see

from our poet’s corner vanity;

Your skits and wits would turn me 'round

to find my phrase had missed the sound;

You’d juggle-toss my words with flair

yet failed to catch the meaning there;

And when we chose too carelessly

our heirs of prose and memory

would sing beyond the measure’s time

and quarrel with the mirror’s rhyme,

‘Till perished then the melody

that love once played for you and me….




Time (Enya)



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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Beautiful work, Genna! Up and awesome.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

That is really quite lovely, Genna! This flowed so well, and your wording is exquisite.


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

You have a deft touch, Genna. It's strange, really, with all the verse I have written and published, i have rarely written about love, perhaps because so many bards have done so. Love has been a great ideal yet a destructive emotion in my own life.

Bob x


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your poetry resides at a level far above us. You set the bar high and that is how it should be.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful Genna! I love your song of love..Awesome..


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arb 3 years ago from oregon

As always Genna, you thread your poetry with elegance and as the light falls upon the room, it sparkles before our eyes.


DnWW 3 years ago

Dear Lady;

You’ve done it again, Gen. Wonderful, lyrical rhyme with the double entendre. Your unique, disarming subtlety with potent meaning that rests just beneath the surface is where you live, my dear, as you charmingly skirt the rules. Brilliant.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

You don't need my praise to give credence ti how good this is. Just a thank you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Wonderful and much enjoyed. Passing this on.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Magnificent in its subtlety and true poetry, Genna. Your work is above and beyond! This couplet, however, hints of much that's hidden in it:

"You’d juggle-toss my words with flair

yet failed to catch the meaning there; "


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I think this poem paints a rather sad and accurate picture of a relationship without true communication and understanding. Up and awesome.


Maya 3 years ago

Gorgeous Genna. You are one of the very few rhyming poets that doesn’t cram a round peg into a square whole to achieve rhyme but comes across as awkward and pretentious. Your words flow mellifluously and naturally but have profound meaning.

I just read your sweet Charlie piece. How wonderful! I hope you are enjoying your new grandchild. She will love your poetry some day.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Will Starr

Thank you Will! :-)

@Billybuc

I appreciate those nice words, Billy. The wording may be on the elegant side, but the message is a sad one. Good to see you.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Diogenes

Thank you, Bob. I think your writing would equal the bards….you’re a good writer.

Love can be a double-edged sword…as those bards knew well. Cheers, and have a great day!

@MckBirdBks

Hi Mike. I’m not so sure; nevertheless, it does my heart good to know that first-class writers like you appreciate my poetry. That means everything. Thank you!!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@AlwaysExploring

I am so pleased you liked this song…it’s not an especially happy one, but one that is bittersweet with a lot of meaning. Thank you, my friend. :-)

@Arb

Hello Alan! You are always so kind and supportive…it means a lot. Your writing is inspiring to me, and I always look forward to reading one of your poems. Thank you!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@DnWW

Hi Dana;

Thank you for those very nice compliments. And for the teasing - I love your comment, “Skirt the rules.” Lol...yes, guilty as charged. But you, sir, are the Brit, my dear friend. Lest we forget, “Roos is roos.” ;-) Hugs.

@MHatter99

Hi Martin. Thank you. And I look forward to reading more of your clever limericks. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@breakfastpop

You are absolutely right…that is one of the messages in this poem. There are times when we look at life as game; and sadly, that can include love, or what we think love is. Thank you for your thoughtful comment and vote. Enjoy the day! :-)

@Maya

Thank you my dear friend. I think poets write rhyme poetry differently. Mine is usually rhythmic, if not lyrical or rhyme that turns into music, or slant and internal rhyme; otherwise you might run the risk of the fingernails on a blackboard thing, but that’s just me. For example, Frost’s innovative use of rhyming couplets, etc., was often music; and Yeats and Dickenson used slant rhyme, brilliantly. They used their own style of creativity and broke certain conventional rules of rhyme, as I and others do...still, no one comes close to their individual genius.

And thank you for that message about Charlie. Hugs. :-)


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I think Maya said it best and I'll second that. Your poetry is so natural that it just slides off the tongue like honey.

We can play with words too much and lose what we meant to say.

Beautiful


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Genna wow this is the best.. I LOVE IT.. simply wonderful to read..

voted up and sharing

many blessings

Debbie


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I noticed a typo in my comment, Nellieanna...my apologies. What I meant to say...

@Nellieanna

Ahhh, yes, Nellieanna…if anyone would pick up on that couplet, it would be you. There is indeed much in the line. :-) I sometimes tuck one message within another… with a deeper echo. You are one of my favorite poets, and I am delighted to hear such generous and kind words. Thank you!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Rosemay

Hi Rose. I agree. I think I have to agree with Maya in that if we focus too much on the selection of the words, the writing begins to sound pretentious, and can lose its way. Thank you for those generous comments. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@DeborahBrooks

Thank you, Deb. :-) I just read your thoughtful and caring hub on cancer awareness, and the tribute to your dear friend, Holly McDow. It is one of the best hubs I’ve ever read.

I so appreciate your kind thoughts on this little poem, and for sharing it. Thank you!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

So glad you chose to republish this... You pose the question "was it love or a close facsimile" in your masterful style.

Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Poems can be interpreted in different ways by readers- sometimes the poets intent, sometimes another way. Mine is similar to Marie's. At any rate yours is in a unique style, a rare style even, on a high level worth pondering for its subtly and true meaning.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Maria;

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful comment and votes. I'm still plugging away at poetry, so to speak; it is a voice that seems to try to find its own way. Hugs, and have a great day. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Alastar;

I couldn't agree more with the different interpretations. I still write in rhyme, free prose, or Haiku style; poetry has so much to offer in different voices. Regardless of style, one thing is paramount: "To each his own." Thank you for those thoughtful words. Good to see you. :-)


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

Valentine or not, I love it! I hope I have not "fail to catch the meaning" of your poem:) Have the words "I love you" become a cliche? A champion speed reader was once ask how she would read a love letter. "slowly, word by word" was her reply.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

Regardless of how its said, interpretated,meant to convey, if the reader of a love poem does not capture its truest heart felt meaning then its lost, like smoke circling in the air that fades like a mist over an early morning lake. I've LOVED and felt LOVED yet I've never captured it and kept it mine. Like a bird it took flight and left me broken hearted and lost.

Two who love from the inner core of their souls are the happiest people alive, Oh to have that feeling dear poet, hang on to it for dear life and never let it go. Too many of us are lost lovers with many dusty memories and memoirs of past loves, moldy we take them all to our graves with us. Wonderful work here Genna, you never fail to deliver, you complete me my dear poet and inspire me always.


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web923 3 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

A beautiful piece of work! I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to checking out more of our poetry.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Genna your poetry is always a joy to read. Your points are so well made and after we've finished reading we are left thinking.

Voted up and awesome!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@SilentReed

I love that quotation:

“A champion speed reader was once ask how she would read a love letter. "slowly, word by word" was her reply.”

Love can never become the cliché. Thank you for your interesting comment! :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Vincent Moore

You have captured the spirit of the poem, beautifully, Vincent. But to have lost love still means that one has known love and has been loved in return. Your comments never fail to stir me; as does your wonderful poetry. Thank you, dear poet. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Web923

Thank you! I look forward to reading yours as well. :-)


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Tillsontitan

Thank you, Mary. That is one of the nicest things anyone could say! Have a great week, my friend. :-)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Good re-write. Enjoyed your words and thoughts of love.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Teaches. It's always good to see you. :-)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I love the rhythm and rhyme of this poem, Genna. Somewhat nostalgic, yet romantic.

Love comes in so many forms - different depths and widths, different intensities... Each and every love between two people is unique. We should treasure what was and even what is just for what it was/is..... and keep our expectation of 'perfect' love as a dream to be fulfilled - if not yet.

Excellent!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Martie;

You described the incentive behind the writing of this poem so perfectly...thank you!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Awesome, it's so melodic. Up and awesome.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you! And Happy Easter. :-)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

And when we chose too carelessly

our heirs of prose and memory

would sing beyond the measure’s time

and quarrel with the mirror’s rhyme,

Just exquisite writing Genna! You make rhyme work so well--I don't know how you do that!!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Audrey, for that encouraging comment. You are one of my favorite poets, so I'm very pleased you enjoyed the poem. :-)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Beautiful poem Genna, I love the way the words flow, awesome!


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you Nell. :-)


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Genna, you use words so aptly that they give rise to a wave of emotions. Beautiful work.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

My apologizes for being late in responding, Rajan. Thank you for that lovely comment. I only wish that HP would rate poetry a bit higher in their scoring. If this were the case, I would write much more poetry on the hub. Good to see you.

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