And All of That Jazz

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Disjointed rhyme...among other things.

And All of That Jazz


I sat down to write but try as I might

I couldn’t decide on a style

I thought maybe a sonnet in Shakespearean form

might satisfy me and bring forth a smile

But then again maybe haiku might be my thing

and make me famous and rich

But alas a cutting word I could not bring to bear

so once again I decided to switch

I thought I’d write a limerick or two and come up

with something of humorous intent

But the words put up such a fight as I wrote that night

that my amphibrach meter took an ugly descent

Then I turned my attention to poetry feet

but realized my mistake in a flash

It seems my iambs and spondees as well as pyrrhic’s

all ended up sounding pathetic and it all turned to a mountain of trash

Now I’m lost in a jungle of strange sounding stuff

Trochaic octameter, assonance and consonance,

I think I’ve had about enough

Street poet I am; I guess I must accept my fate

To learn all that stuff, it is just too damn late

So write on I will, completely devoid of pizzazz

Content with simple cowboy poetry and all of that jazz

©Copyright Charlie Gragg, November 13, 2010

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Stryx commented on And All of That Jazz

12-07-2010

A charming bit of humor which you always do so well, Hamp.

Hampton

12/07/2010

Thank you Sir.

ApaqRasgirl commented on And All of That Jazz

11-20-2010

hey that was great, you don't need all that fancy stuff to write a good poem....I write mostly freeverse, guess they would call that a street poet but I know it all comes from my spirit, heart and soul.....what better tool to have for poetry and this one of yours was fantastic........love asha

Hampton

11/20/2010

One should write what they feel and if the feeling to progress to poetry nirvana strikes them they should go for it. Thanks.

cousinsoren commented on And All of That Jazz

11-16-2010

Man, know thyself ! To thine own self be true,// And it must follow as the night the day,// Thou canst not then be false to any man. (Hamlet) Any one who is worth his literary salt can always detect when a poet is a poet or a charlatan, from a poet's poetry. .A true poet writes as his muse dictates. A charlatan writes as he was educated. . You are a true poet, My Friend..

Hampton

11/16/2010

Many thanks

cousinsoren commented on And All of That Jazz

11-16-2010

Man, know thyself ! To thine own self be true,// And it must follow as the night the dad,?? Thou canst not then be false to any man. (Hamlet) Any one worth his literary salt can always detect when a poet is a poet or a charlatan, from a poet's poetry. .A true poet writes as his muse dictates. A charlatan writes as he was educated. . You are a true poet, My Friend.

Hampton

11/16/2010

That's very nice of you. Thanks.

ginga commented on And All of That Jazz

11-15-2010

Hampton, I am joining youre club. I was never a "form" kind of girl poet and I enjoy what freely flows more than any other form. LOL! ginga

Hampton

11/15/2010

Keep it flowing freely is the name of the game. Thanks.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Forever–ast
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Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
IN MY OWN WORDS 13
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30