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a good poem

August 30, 2014
By Love2Read72 PLATINUM, Kentfield, California
Love2Read72 PLATINUM, Kentfield, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” — Taylor Swift

as I lay underneath this tree

I think of how it looks like a poem

a poem about fall

the beautiful red and gold leaves

dancing to the ground


but then I think that it wouldn’t make a good poem

because a good poem isn’t adjectives and metaphors

a good poem doesn’t have rhyme or reason to its madness

anyone can describe something

anyone can open a thesaurus


a good poem is so much more

a good poem shares something great

something powerful and awe-inspiring

or something funny or sad

a good poem is indescribable


because poetry is not merely words on paper

poetry is the text interpretation of liquid thought

poetry is words in their rawest of forms

before they’ve been refined enough to describe a leaf

a simple leaf as a red and gold dancer

The author's comments:

I wrote this poem because I decided to enter a poetry contest. After I entered my poem (not this one), I looked at previous top ten winners. At least one (and sometimes more) of the top ten poems were about fall. Perfect, rhyming poems about fall that had no emotion whatsoever. So I hate wrote this.

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on Sep. 16 2014 at 11:51 pm
GonzaloTovilla BRONZE, Richardson, Texas
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"In writing, you must kill all your darlings?"
-William Faulkner

Great flow. Love the ending!

on Sep. 8 2014 at 10:33 am
BlackLavendar GOLD, Millport, Alabama
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I love your poem. That is a good poem, wish i can write like that.