Mural by Eric Grohe‘Classical Camouflaged’ and Other Poems by James Ph. Kotsybar The Society June 11, 2022 Beauty, Culture, Haiku and Senryu, Humor, Poetry 8 Comments . Classical Camouflaged __It begins, like all prose poems today, with a bit of narrated diary, as though it were a tale by Hemmingway, but more self-conscious and less flowery. __It then proceeds to rub the reader’s nose in an unrelated past happenstance where the tortured soul of the poet goes, and you know it’s not pretty, from a glance. __If the audience leaves, thinking, “That’s me!” it just makes me feel sorry how many are out there thinking: “This is poetry,” while well-trained poets don’t make a penny. __Editors prefer prose from a poet. (This sonnet was rhymed; I dared not show it.) . . Current Convention Editors kill rhyme, though audiences love it, as roses are red. . . Submission __He rolls the slip into a scroll to fit within the bottle’s neck and corks it tight. He prays the tides will randomly transmit the words he hurls to someone’s caring sight. __Upon the waters, having “cast his bread,” most often finds it washed back on his shore, apparently unopened and unread, yet undeterred, he sends it out once more. __He knows the dismal nature of his act but hopes that, tossing up upon some beach and catching someone’s eye, it will attract with glistening enticement and may reach the acknowledgement he trusts it can win, achieving more than the recycling bin. . . James Ph. Kotsybar is a poet and owner of Chaotic Exotics orchid nursery, in California. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 8 Responses Jeremiah Johnson June 11, 2022 A quote in response to the “Submission poem: “Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.” – Don Marquis Thanks for the reminder that the dream of seeing my stuff in print isn’t as grand as I think it is! It’s a genuinely felicitous reminder. Reply jd June 11, 2022 Enjoyed all three, thank you, especially the camouflaged rhyme. Reply Sally Cook June 11, 2022 I like both poems very much, and also the Don Marquis bit about the rose petal. Send some more! Reply Cheryl Corey June 11, 2022 I like all, especially “Submission”. Reply C.B. Anderson June 11, 2022 All three of these are chaotic exotics and worth reading at least once. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 12, 2022 James, I’m always intrigued by poems on poetry and these three highly amusing delights have me nodding in agreement as I marvel at your eclectic techniques. Wonderful and inspirational. Reply Cynthia Erlandson June 12, 2022 James, these are devilishly clever! I grinned through all of them! I am curious about whether you have used this “camouflage” technique with any publishing success? In any case, I’m glad I got to read these poems. Reply James Sale June 13, 2022 Truly ingenious; I am impressed. I could be wrong – I’d need to see more to be sure – but one senses not just a novelty but a powerful and structured intellect at work. Well done. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.