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A POET WHO NEVER RHYMED

by W. Mahlon Purdin

You have to write rhyming poems
To be a real poet. And you know it.
It's not that you have to publish them --
I always worry that I'll be dubbed "that poet" --
But if you write them enough, once in a while
Something amazing happens.
You are actually making sense in rhymes.
I practice in my other poems and
Never pass up a chance when two thoughts
Naturally want to do that.
But still, in our clan, to rhyme
Is close to irrelevancy
And we don't want that.

But imagine a poet who never rhymed.
It would be like the worst runner ever timed.

09/21/2012

Posted on 09/21/2012
Copyright © 2021 W. Mahlon Purdin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 09/21/12 at 10:30 PM

Love this. Of course, I could probably count on one hand the number of rhyming pieces I've written over the years, but something tells me there's a little more to this than just poetry. Fantastic.

Posted by Maria Francesca on 09/22/12 at 04:14 PM

I rhyme about 50% of the time, and I'm told that 'real poets don't rhyme'. In the end, I think real poets write poems - and this one is great.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/24/12 at 08:23 PM

I agree with Maria's final assessment. My own roots come from song lyrics, and so a lot of my earlier stuff rhymed, but it was quite monotonous, some forced, so I gradually got away from it, concetrating more on free verse, and my own style...Prosetry, concetrating on flow. The rhymes often come anyways, as in slanted or by chance (again words chosen to flow). There's nothing worse than reading a poem that forces rhyme rather than honestly expressing the inspiration as best as possible. Kudos. Glad I discovered your work and library!

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