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  • Writer's pictureShane

The Long and Short of it

The greatest poems are short and sweet.

My favorite poems are brief.

A poem shouldn’t be too long,

And that’s my firm belief.

 

A poem shouldn’t babble on

With endless pointless blabber.

A poem shouldn’t carry on

With senseless jibber jabber.

 

Get to the point, and wrap it up!

Please make it rather quick.

I know I shouldn’t be so harsh,

But long poems make me sick!

 

They often go off topic and

It makes me want to shout!

They add in pointless gibberish

That should’ve been left out.

 

At what point does a lengthy poem

Become just mindless chatter?

Why should I read a bunch of fluff

That doesn’t even matter?

 

Like waterfalls or mountain air

Or baby ducks or flowers!

Oh, don’t stop there, please write some more!

I’ve got a couple hours!

 

A poet should know when to stop!

A poet should refrain!

A poet should begin to sense

Another person’s pain!

 

A poet should be sensitive

Of other people’s time!

Oh great! Another stanza!

Oh Joy! Another rhyme!

 

I loathe it when, no matter what,

A poem keeps on growing.

It could’ve ended long ago,

And yet it keeps on going!

 

A poem’s not a novel, folks,

Nor multi-page report!

A long poem is obnoxious!

My favorite poems are short!

 

And when it’s finally ending,

And you think for sure it’s dead,

The poet starts repeating things

That he’s already said!

 

And when it’s finally ending,

And you think for sure it’s dead,

The poet starts repeating things

That he’s already said!


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