Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Day of Bad Poetry

I decided to phrase the title of the post this way, rather than referring to the actual name of the day that was August 18 - Bad Poetry Day. You see someone actually created the day and copyrighted their idea, so that, if you want to make reference to this day, you have to contact them and if you have monetized your blog, pay them. Here's the site.

My preference is always to read good poetry, however, I know that I write really bad poetry :) So I guess I missed my day to "shine."

One of my lessons, when I was teaching poetry, was to take a recognized poem and emulate it. That is, use its structure, but substitute your own words. For example:

Who Has Seen the Wind?

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

Car Keys

Then you do something like this:

Who Has Seen My Keys

Who has seen my keys
Neither daughter nor son
But when it's time to go to work,
The keys are never found

Who has seen my keys
Neither son nor daughter
But when I check my coat again
They are where they oughter.

Please post your own emulations !!

Have a great poetry day!!

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