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A Tricky Thing

Updated on January 10, 2011

rhyming is a tricky thing
requires great orchestration...
not unlike symphonic themes
needs much configuration.

the expressions of a poet
are notes of music on a page.
to perform its sweet aria
each component must engage.

It's more than just a simple note
any instrument will play
that brings to life the magic
a fine concert will display.

each instrument of orchestra
has its special place.
the melody is but a part
unless each, then, embrace.

the timing is most critical
in harmonious pursuit
each component must comply
to bear symphonic fruit.

conductor with his wand in hand
must direct the whole affair
in order to, thus, bring about
a performance fit to share.

and so it is with rhyming
for a lyric presentation.
rhyme must flow with rhythm
in a dance of sweet flirtation.

rhyming is a tricky thing
requiring orchestration...
and like the most symphonic themes
unborn without gestation.


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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Christsopher, Like you I choose my words pretty carefully, or try to, anyways, research them as I go, edit and edit again...until the little chunk of coal becomes the diamond I envision...Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful comment.

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA


      I too often think in rhyme. I imaging that, like me, when you compose a rhyming poem you must strive to avoid making choices of words that are too simplistic or trite. So many "quick print poets" fail to take the time and effort to maintain meter, forcing the rhyme at the expense of flow.

      As your final line says, the birth of a good poem requires a time of "gestation" to develop its full potential.

      You've done a fine job here.


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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Marina, what a lovely comment! Thank you so much!

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      Marina Lester 6 years ago

      Well you've sure got it down pretty well :) I still HOPE will one day write as well as you friend. Stay well dear tender heart for you show me a world I have yet to chart... :)

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      lyndre, thank you so much, I am happy you stopped by and left me such a nice comment!

      gachapoz, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave such an awesome comment!

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      gachapoz 6 years ago

      Awesome rhythm. I really loved reading this.

      Looking forward to your other works. :)

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      lyndre 6 years ago from Scotland

      You have a good gift for lyrical poetry.

      I enjoy reading yours

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Gus, to give a smile to someone is no insignificant thing in this world should be a personal mission...would make the world a better place now wouldn't it. You have made me smile more than once...Caveman Sam and Manny have too! I love that about you! Makes writing such fun!

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      arthurchappell 6 years ago from Manchester, England

      well structured and perceptive witty poem on the joys and skills of rhyme

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      Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

      tnderhrt23 - When I really like something that I read, I smile. I'm smiling.

      Gus :-)))

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      Denizee 6 years ago

      Kudos to you for this fine piece of art. Not only did you show how to do it - you mastered it in poetic form and I love it! More......please? Honestly refreshing and a great Hub.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      always exploring, that is so sweet! Honestly these words have been locked up for a long time behind a wall of insecurity. I lost my confidence...and then unexpectedly, a little miracle occurred internally and the flood gates fell open...Its all still new and I am in awe...and blessed out of my booties! Your comments are like firewood on a dying campfire, Gal, and it is joy to my very soul. Thank you for reading my stuff and sharing your fabulous work with me/1

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh My Goodness!How do you find the words? You are a poet my friend and i enjoy every stanza you orchestrate.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Mysterious-lee, Though not too sure that I am great, but here's a news flash for ya... from what I have read of your work, you have already arrived, my friend!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      FCEtier, Thank you, Kind Sir! I had to work for this one, but it's always fun!

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      Mysterious-lee 6 years ago from Texas

      I hope to be as great as you one day.

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      Chip 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Nice meter, nice rhymes!

      (I remember from lit. class that "Internal rhyming is a matter of timing.") :-)

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Hi Michael, Thanks for your great comment! I don't know about anybody else, but I think in "Rhyme" which is a funny thing, if you live inside my head! I don't write poetry that doesn't rhyme, cause I dont know how! Thanks again! ps I really love your poem about resolutions!

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      michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi tnderhrt23, Great poem with great rhymes. You seem to have the knack for writing poems about a lot of different subjects. Michael.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Thanks very much, katyworthing. Dug deep for this one. Thanks for reading it and commenting. It means alot!

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      katyworthing 6 years ago

      incredible .. the complexity is staggering

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      G-Ma, thank you kindly, Sweet Lady!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well you certainly have it mastered..NICE...:O) Hugs G-Ma