NaPoWriMo 2014, day 10
I actually wrote this one today (during my Staff Improvement meeting), unlike the rest of the poems I am posting for Ntl. Poetry Writing Month, which I had sitting on my dashboard as finished drafts.
Here’s to avant-cryptic stanzas
Ghazal, Pantoum, endless Haiku . . .
such may cause the Muse to strike you.
Dada, Tanka, cinquains, Centos
existential verse mementos—
yes, they’re mildly amusing forms
but finally fail to transcend norms
of poetry-induced despair
(a common modern-day affair)
brought on by formless abstract lines
of current verse. The warning signs:
eye-rolling, growling, throwing books
yelling at websites, dirty looks
at writers with advanced degrees,
a raging sense of vague unease
with life and letters. Damn what’s new . . .
one wonders what we’re coming to.
When meaning is replaced by style
and editors extol the vile
you know that doom is on its way.
The poets don’t know what to say
but fool around, devoid of rhythm
(that’s why no one wants to hear them
let alone READ them). What a lark;
like rain-soaked matches in the dark.
Poetic dullness thus delays
to kindle light or spark a blaze.
Sad vocation: analyzing
wordy scribbles. Agonizing
over esoteric twaddle
(makes one want to hit the bottle—
or the poet). Was it ever
this way? Will the next endeavor
lift us toward the lyric splendor
or return us back to sender . . .?