Feel Like Writing A Poem?
By Sue Cowing
A good place to start is with a word
or two you like the sound of. Could be absurd
or beautiful, something that captures your attention.
Can’t think? I probably should mention
the dictionary’s full of good old words to play with.
Use any you can get away with:
odd words like tittynope or bandicoot,
forgotten names for things, like bumbershoot.
No words for something you have thought?
Make some up. Shakespeare did that a lot:
not bandit , bedazzled, or swagger only,
but green-eyed monster and even lonely.
Your poem doesn’t have to rhyme,
though rhyme’s a pleasing way of keeping time.
Whatever you choose, the benefit will double
‘cause by making a poem you’re keeping
(at least for the moment) out of trouble.