“Vexed by a verb!” I often vent,
undeniably discontent.
Let my quirky quote be the key
to promoting a patent plea
for the status I’d reinvent:

Pairing “I am” with “years” has meant
an identity I resent;
being defined by age makes me
vexed by a verb!

The remedy I’d implement,
ownership of the time one’s spent,
prefers “to have” over “to be”;
hence, “having” years will guarantee
my halting to holler hell-bent
“Vexed by a verb!”

 

E. V. “Beth” Wyler grew up in Elmont, NY.  At 43, she obtained her associate’s degree from Bergen Community College.  She and her husband, Richard, share their empty Fair Lawn, NJ nest with 3 cats and a beta fish.  Her oldest daughter is a biomedical engineer and her other two children are SUNY undergraduate students.  E. V. Wyler’s poetry has been published in:  The Storyteller, Feelings of the Heart, WestWard Quarterly, The Pink Chameleon, Nuthouse Magazine, The Rotary Dial, and on the website Poetry Soup.  In addition, 3 accepted poems are pending publication in Vox Poetica.


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4 Responses

  1. Bob McGinness

    Why even Hamlet would repent,
    when he heard your argument.
    And choose the option, not “to be,”
    instead “to have” would query he.

    Reply
  2. Kim Cherub

    E. V.,

    I can think of many verbs that have vexed me! I like your poem but I do have one question: Shouldn’t it be “undeniably discontented”?

    Reply
    • E. V.

      Good question! If “undeniably discontent” is bad grammar, then I’d change the line because the “-ent” ending of “discontent” is required to pair with “vent”. However, although “discontent” is usually used as a noun, I believe it can be used as an adjective, too. Here’s a link to the M.W. dictionary definition:

      http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/discontent

      Evan? Any thoughts?

      Reply

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