I’m stuck in rhyming couplets! My verses won’t flow free.
Poetic devices, please: won’t you rescue me?
Alliteration is elusive. She shuns my shriek and shout.
Symbolism opens a window, so why can’t I climb out?
Consonance couldn’t care less ‘bout my stress.
Yes, I’ve tried Similes. They’re as good as useless.
I manage to catch Assonance as she prances past;
Man, that fancy Assonance can prance away fast!
Onomatopaeia bangs the bars, clangs and clatters the lock,
Then skips away, indifferent as the ticking of my clock.
I’ve got metaphors by the boatload, so why’s this ship still sinking?
Imagery by the great-garlic-truckload; still, my payload sits here, stinking.
Illusion’s no help, clearly—a shy guy, gone at a glance.
Hyperbole to the rescue? Not a one in a trillion chance.
Personification? Please see above. It’s there, abundantly.
In fact, are these couplets taunting me? I think you’d call that, “Irony.”
My friend Free Verse has heard enough. She frowns an artful frown,
Lays a cool hand over mine, and urges, “Put. The devices. Down.”
“Jettison convention! Ditch cliché! Find a more sophisticated way.
Rhyming couplets? Ridiculous! All rhyming, really, is passé!”
A Celtic laugh comes rollicking in. Limerick’s been eavesdroppin’!
Irish eyes roll to the heavens, as he snorts through his grin:
“Sophistication! Bah! A tired old rumor!”
“Write how you like, lass! Better yet, write with humor.”
“Konnichiwa!” chimes a sweet voice anew.
Tell us, Haiku! What is your point of view?
“A Poem is a playground. It’s structure, for playing in.
Think of it as a promise, please—not as a prison.”
And with a “domo arigato” to graceful Haiku
The doors finally opened, and our caged poet flew!
Never again to feel stuck rhyming, or confined to a timing
Free instead to stick with, what for her, will ring out true.
Jen Laffler is an author and poet. Her first children’s book, J is for Jitterbug: A Fanciful Animal Alphabet, was published in 2016 (JALG, Ink). Her current projects are a children’s board book entitled What Hairdo Does Your Hair Do?, and the children’s poetry collection Poem Seeds & Fine Messes. Jen lives in Encinitas, California with her husband and three young daughters. She shares her books, poems, and message that there’s genius in each and every one of us, with school groups throughout California. Jen’s poetic heroes? W. Shakespeare, S. Silverstein, and T. Shakur. Connect with Jen on Facebook or on her website, Just A Genius, Ink.
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