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I'm Not a Poet and I Know It! Humor From a Struggling Writer.

Updated on February 28, 2020
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Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.

Poetic Balance

Achieving a poetic balance in written prose can be a beautiful as the colorful balance of these two blooms.
Achieving a poetic balance in written prose can be a beautiful as the colorful balance of these two blooms. | Source

I am NOT a Writer of lofty RHYME

I have tried to write poetry!

Honestly, I have!

I have had many, no countless, soul-rending thoughts burning through my brain, seeking release.

Thoughts that I would have killed to put down on paper and then have it flow from my mind to my pen in perfect Rhyme.

But, alas, not me! I cannot Rhyme!

Oh, I can write short lines of thought that get my point across, and will be grammatically correct.

And, I have something of an educated vocabulary that I am not ashamed of, at all.

But, the talent of taking two, or more lines and having them make the same point using different words that rhyme, has obviously eluded me.

I can tell a decent story and as you read it, I can elicit tears or laughter, or sadness, and on occasion, even lust. But, never with any sense of rhyme.

If a true Poet and I were to be standing on a street corner and witness the same car wreck, the poet would be taking notes for the great and lofty poem that he would write from this new experience.

Me? I would be the guy telling the story of what I saw to the Cop on the scene and bringing him to tears, of laughter or sadness, whichever I desired.

And he would never hear a rhyme in my story.

Nope, I am not a Poet!

And this little thing you will now read is damning proof for all of you to observe and finally understand my plight

No Rhyme from me!

I cannot rhyme,

just anytime!

Not Me! I am not a Poet who uses Rhyme

I am NOT a POET!

and Damn ..... do I know it!

My words are not;


nor Concise,

nor even Light!

They flow like a sludge,

and I have to begrudge,

that I can't just make a Rhyme,

at any old damned time.

My thoughts? They do not march nor flow,

in the way every good poet should know.

They burst forth, clash, and race from my head,

without proper order, and drop onto my paper,

and seem, to a good reviewers dread,

to be nonsensical, whimsical, weak and improper.

I try but, I could not make a rhyme,

with a such a simple word as, float,

even were I to fall into some foul, smelly, Moat.

Not a chance even, I can rhyme with a dear Daisy,

I guess I'm simply ..... too dim, too slow, perhaps crazy?

I have nothing to rhyme with the marvelous; belated,

This must be why, this rhyme thing, ..... I just hate it.

No match, springs from my head, for the fair trait, Beautiful,

my addled Brain, for this, 'tis just not capable.

The poor thing, it's just not up to,

such a balanced task,

as it hides behind it's rhyme blocking mask.

This poor Brain,

it trips over the thought, of proper Prose,

from it's own cold, stifling, fear, I suppose.

A fear of making a proper Rhyme,

and packing each line

with love, action, or reason,

this blocks my cerebral core,

every time,

regardless of what anguished thoughts

I try to pass on.

I seek to breach this horrid wall,

and spew,

well matched thoughts,

on which others can chew,

in crisp, flowing, lines with a rhythm,

all could dance to.

But No,

my thoughts,

they tumble and stumble,

in my wounded brain,

so fast and so jumbled,

that I can barely capture them,

like some blowing, Summer storm's, rain,

and put them,

down, before they crumble.

Perhaps, at Free Form,

I might have a chance,

to make my words;

pirouette, leap and dance?

But even using this form,

of poetic projection,

demands much more

of my wounded Imagination.

And, as such constraints,

often tax the reader,

to submit and to say

"to Hell with this metre!",

I believe I want to sit back and think ..... a tiny bit more,

and just enjoy this ..... my fractured score!

by Don Bobbitt

In Summary a writer with limitations

Although I admit my limitations as a Rhyming poet, I do write some of my stories in Free form format.

I think this allows me to accentuate some words and phrases properly for a more powerful affect.

Check them out!

Poetry Writing Tips

How to Write Poetry

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Don Bobbitt


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    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      12 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thank You for the kind words. I wrote it out of frustration one day, but as I wen back a few weeks later, I realized I might have done a decent job, afterall.

      Have a Great day,


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      Timothy Whitt 

      12 months ago from New Jersey

      This is a great poem. I loved it.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Well, Bob, I enjoyed your poetry. In fact I am sharing this hub of yours. Keep at it... it's good! Now is the time to ride the wave of confidence!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed reading your attempt at poetry. I can only say you're a lot better than I am. I used to write poetry in high school but I think I just have forgotten it after years of technical papers.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      7 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Suzanne Day - Thank for the nice words.

      I have now acepted my limitations and moved on withonly the occasional attempt to wax poetic.


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      Suzanne Day 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi Don, I think you make a pretty good unrhyming poet who can pull off the odd rhyme OK. I am not a meter and syllable clapping poet either, just can't get the rhymes to sound as good as when I write poetry freely. Enjoyed your poem and voted it interesting ;)

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      Don Bobbitt 

      9 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      tillsontitan, thanks so much for the kind comment. Although I feel extremely comfortable when I wwrite, I go into some kind of "Brain Freeze" when it comes to Rhyme!

      I just need to sit down and build my confidence I guess.

      Anyway, Thanks so much.

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      Mary Craig 

      9 years ago from New York

      "Perhaps, at Free Form, I might have a chance,

      to make my words; pirouette, leap and dance?"

      I think you did make the words dance. This was a great poem full of humor and insight into writing poems

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      9 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thanks k2jade for the comment. If you can't laugh at your limitations, who can? LOL!

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      Kimberly Shelden 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      Loved it- very original, and poetic!

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      9 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Tams R, Thanks so much for your encouraging words.

      I have worried over this so much that it has become almost a mental block for me.

      And, I do have several efforts at freeform writing, that I like.

      Thanks again for the comment.

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      Tams R 

      9 years ago from Missouri


      I think it is brilliant. It was fun and worthy of reading.

      I write poetry from my heart. I don't really care whether it is punctuated or has proper line breaks. If it makes me feel something, I leave it to the reader to decide.

      Funny that little thing called the back button if someone doesn't appreciate it.

      Poems do not have to rhyme. Possibly you would do best at one that did not.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Don Bobbitt 

      9 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      anginwu- thanks for the comment on my frustration. It was kind of like a twisted True Confessions, only about my battle with Rhyme.

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      Don Bobbitt 

      9 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Debbie- you see what you did? You made me go and look at your stuff, read some, and now I'm a follower. Thanks for reading my self-criticism.

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      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      HI Bob ~ As kids and maybe as adults too, when we accidentally rhyme a couple of sentences in our general speech, we rattle off that little poem, "I'm a poet, and I know it!" You're little twist on the subject provided a great effort and turned the words back on themselves with all the rhyming sentences. Enjoyed your reflective turn on the subject of self criticism, which we most likely do to self in such a severe way. Obviously you must be a great writer. Blessings, Debby

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      9 years ago

      Haha, this rhyming thing has us all going crazy--our desperate attempt to make it rhyme. Thank goodness for free verse. I take that. Enjoyed the read and rated up.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      10 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thanks Jami. One does have to recognize their limitations, regardless of how painful the realization. So I might as well laugh at myself, and trudge forward when the urge hits me. Damn the Torpedos so to speak!

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      jami l. pereira 

      10 years ago

      Voted as funny , and a pretty photo too , thanks for the read:)

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      carrie haley 

      10 years ago from united states

      humorous. made me smile.

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      11 years ago

      Well, it is "something" and you are writing, and that is the main thing . . . KEEP PUTTING WORDS ON PAPER! It reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse and/or e.e.cummings and other humerous poets. As for rhyming poetry, it is difficult. When Free Verse became such a recognized way to write poetry and be accepted as such, then many good and even excellent poets began to emerge. Most of what is in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Sun, etc. is free verse. Robert Frost wrote amazing rhyme. Who can ever forget these lines: "Whose woods these are, I think I know, his house is in the village though" and also from the same poem, "My little horse must think it queer, to stop without a farmhouse near", and finally those great lines, "But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go befoe I sleep." Don, if you want to read some beautiful rhyming poetry, read the better Irish poets. Poetry is not as easy as some may think, and like most writing, can be trickey. Punctuation and line breaks are difficult, then what to title the damn thing. Also, as in all writing, if you are gonna' write an essay you gotta' read some GOOD essays, same with poetry - you need to see how the people who do this for a living (or for part of their living as poetry does not pay well) do it. Also, keep in mind that when the time comes that you are considering submitting something for publication, do as ALL guidelines tell you to do - get your hands on several issues of the particular magazine and study what their interests are before wasting your and their time in submitting. So many just write a story or a poem and fire it out to some publication with no idea at all what is the philosophy of the editors of this magazine, and the danger in that is whereas everyone gets rejection letters, but if your name comes across their desk so many times and goes in the rejection stack, then after a while they will not even take the time to read your stuff. I'm not saying you are going to submit this poem anywhere, just keep this advice in mind for later. This was a funny poem as I am sure was your intention, and it made me laugh, and I did enjoy it. I will tell you that from your comments on Alva and Owen, I did realize that I had not made it clear from whose breast the harrowing tale of Heathcliff and Cathy was budding. Of course, it was Emily Bronte and her wonderful (yet still harrowing) love story of Heathcliff and Cathy (Wuthering Heights), so I had to work on that and make some changes. Most academics and literature buffs would have known as I had originally written it, who I was referring to, but hopefully your audience of readers will not just be limited to those few, so what you are saying does need to be clear without your reader having to puzzle over what the Hell you are saying and who the Hell you are talking about. Anyway, I do love poetry and wrote it way back, really way back as a child. Still have some of those early efforts. Won some awards for poetry writing while at Sweet Briar - but it was simple stuff, yet someone somehow saw some merit in it. Get yourself a good poetry book and sit back on the beach in your chair with your glass of wine and drift away into the soul of the writer because I tell you, some of this stuff will be amazing to you, how in such a small amount of words, such tales can come.



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