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      Billy Smith
      49 Posts

      I had a cat
      It looked quite fat
      It ate the rat
      I’m glad for that

    • #30187 Reply
      Terence Marin
      49 Posts

      Pretty good light verse, Billy Smith, but where is the punctuation? I recommend:

      I had a cat
      That looked quite fat
      (It ate the rat—
      I’m glad for that!).

    • #30243 Reply
      Fred McIlmoyle
      49 Posts


      So you’ve written a poem you say,
      After reading mine. Not so easy is it?
      Oh! you’ve written yours in rhyme.
      Um! that form`s considered – well
      A bit old fashioned now.
      Ah! you’ve let your feelings enter in,
      Oh no! – here, let me show you how.
      You choose an obscure, abstract theme,
      One few out there will understand;
      Say the philosophy of Kant,
      Or a few lines from the Koran.
      Never set a rhythmic flow, ensure the words collide,
      Avoid the telling metaphor or anything personified,
      That’s much much too clear; they might understand.
      You have to be original you know,
      More intellectual and abstruse.
      Toss in a foreign phrase or two
      That usually cooks their goose.
      Try to split the meter up, alter the length of lines,
      Shape your poem like a pyramid,
      Or some other symbolic sign.
      Never tell them what it means,
      There’s sure to be a Judas goat
      Who wants to appear intelligent;
      Remember the Emperor’s invisible coat!

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