there is no "The" in poetry

by Maria Francesca

there is no "The"
in poetry -
it simply isn't done.
There is no "And",
"Because" or "But" -
these words must all be shunned.

the poet nazis
set the rules -
protect them like their family jewels;
defy them
and be marked a fool,
unfit to walk in sun.

well, I say
blow the rules to hell
and blow the nazis there as well
and if you wish to coin new words
and be obscure,

then blessings to you -
glory be!
you'll get no argument from me.
your pen has wings,
so write -
be free!

and most of all,
have fun.


Posted on 03/28/2007
Copyright © 2022 Maria Francesca

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/28/07 at 03:11 PM

Well, I'll third that and wear copious amounts of sunscreen as I "and, but, or the" through my day. ;)

Posted by Joe Cramer on 03/28/07 at 03:38 PM

Wonderfully done!

Posted by Jean Mollett on 03/29/07 at 01:59 AM

Hi Maria, Very well said. quite clever too. Great write. It's witty and cute. I never thought about one like this before. Thanks for sharing. :)

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