Tickled pink to receive my first poem from a YDR reader this week!
Bertram Barnett of Dillsburg had this to say about his poetic preferences: “Some of us are still fans of the older, antique rhyming stuff – and while we acknowledge the occasional power of other forms, are not ready to abandon ‘the good stuff’ just quite yet.”
As a fan of metrical poetry and traditional forms myself, and as someone who loves a good “in defense of” poem, I happily present to you some “good stuff” on a sunny Thursday in York County!
Wherever went the meter, verse and rhyme?
The power in spacing syllables, precisely in the line?
Building to a vortex, with terms detailed to spell
Exact degrees of certaintitude, as one a tale does tell.
The proper employment of all words; that choice
Is difficult; and now one writers will rarely select -
Yet a poet takes due time, making sure their voices
Rhyme; So his work is recall’d, long after he’s wreck’d.
Down with any adages about what poems should or shouldn’t do! To rhyme or not to rhyme; what’s your preference?