Not a Punny Rhyming Poem, but Really Awful

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Anna for a Change from Anaphora

Anna For A change from Anaphora – here she is a lovely creature, who is of a beach a feature

NaPoWriMo says ‘…for our (optional) prompt. Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning of multiple clauses or, in the case of a poem, multiple lines … I challenge you to write a poem that uses anaphora. Find a phrase, and stick with it …’
Then, just to complicate my life, vivinfrance had to throw down this gauntlet: ‘Can I issue a challenge – write a poem to whatever is tomorrow’s prompt, with NO rhyme and NO puns?’

I can’t write blank verse poems:
  If there’s a country scene,
  I can’t put the grass is verdant;
I can’t write blank verse poems:
  Mountains that are really high
  Do not stretch up to the heavens;
I can’t write blank verse poems:
  Looking to the moon above
  Does not bring on dreams of adoration;
I can’t write blank verse poems,
  Or to claim that some sad rat
  Has been devoured by a domestic feline;
I can’t write blank verse poems
  Which would indicate a gale
  Rages over hill and a lower-lying area;
I can’t write blank verse poems,
  Thereby claiming that the corn
  Ripples in the early daytime;
I can’t write blank verse poems
  And include therein a boast
  That one night I viewed an apparition;
I can’t write blank verse poems
  In which one gets into debt,
  Placing an ill-founded wager;
I can’t write blank verse poems
  Wherein not a trace of rhyme
  Will appear at any stage –
I also can’t write blank verse poems
  In which there’s not even one
  Really Awful kind of word with a double meaning –
I can’t write blank verse poems!

© Colonialist April 2014 (WordPress)

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38 Responses to Not a Punny Rhyming Poem, but Really Awful

  1. bluebee says:

    Bravo, Col, for a very clever response. Viv is just wicked doing that to you 🙂


  2. Ruth2Day says:

    I started to get tongue-tied after several I can’t write blank verse poems . . . LOL!


  3. Grannymar says:

    I’m no poet and I know it, so this poem was lost on me.


  4. Sonel says:

    LOL! You and your punny and awful rhymes Col! Brilliant as usual. 😀


  5. gipsika says:

    Bee-Rilliant! There are not enough stars for rating this one! 😀


  6. Oh yes you can – you just have! Thank you for responding to my challenge. It certainly made you search for synonyms, which can only enrich your poetry.

    Don’t get me wrong – I love rhyme, but in moderation, with subtlety and not always at the end of a line! I’m always being told off for putting the occasional rhyme in my poems and then not keeping to a pattern. I like surprises.


  7. I think this is admirable, Col.


  8. kaykuala says:

    A poem is a prose disjointed into shorter lines. It need not even rhyme! You’ve done it very well here. Gets a lot of meanings into different levels. Great write colonialist!



  9. PookyH says:

    This made me smile. I was dubious about this challenge but quite enjoyed it and have enjoyed reading everyone elses take on it!


  10. nrhatch says:

    Bwahaha! You rock, Col.


  11. Serena Malcolm says:

    Ahh, this is a poem after my own heart! Such a deliciously clever piece!

    P.S. Do you realise that you’ve actually just proven your anaphoric statement incorrect…?! 😉


  12. Shakes head, blankly. 😕


  13. CC Champagne says:

    This is actually great and you should stop saying you can’t do it (then again, that would mean you wouldn’t have been able to write this)! I mostly write in rhyme myself, and whenever I attempt blank word it just throws off my rhythm, somehow, which leaves me with something I rarely like. But anyhow, I like this one!


  14. misswhiplash says:

    you done really well for someone who can’t write blank verse poems


  15. y. prior says:

    I think instead of awful – we can right “Pawful” ha!

    but you wrote a very fun poem. 🙂


  16. The Asian says:

    So it’s true that you don’t actually have poetic talent 😛


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