Unpoetically

Photo: Jackie Ranken

Few words and a starting line

You’re not a poet

Using commas, abusing aroma

You’re not a poet

Trying to rhyme with words that don’t align

You’re not a poet

Forget rhymes, putting emphasis on life

You’re not a poet

Using abstract rigid words as an idiom

You’re not a poet

Philosophical pondering, meaning lost within

You’re not a poet

Halting—

words mid sentence

You’re not a poet

Love and hatred spread across the page

You’re not a poet

Ache and sympathy oozing out in vein

You’re not a poet

Simple things. Complex beings

You’re not a poet.

Ending with a twist in words

I’m not a poet.

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