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My First Poem

Originally posted at Youthpad.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m not a big fan of poetry. Especially free verse. Yes, there are certain exceptions but on the whole I’d rather be thrown out of a spaceship with no chance of rescue than be read poetry to. Somehow, poets have this superiority complex over ‘heathens’ who write prose. So to get my point across to such so-called poets writing free verse, here’s a poem written by me:

Lemme discuss this new trend in poetry
called ‘free verse’, which I detest.
If you’ve studied English literature
you’d have noticed some poems,
which have no set rhyme scheme.
Oh, the agony I suffer
whenever I come across such atrocities.
Forced I was, to read such shit
when I was in school.
Oh, the joy I feel
now I know that I no longer have to do that.
When done properly,
free verse can be quite readable.
Alas! More often than not it’s just a tool
for people who can’t write poetry
to save their life.
Write a few sentences,
somewhere midway in the poem
throw in a few hoity-toity words –
‘sepulchural’, ‘guttural’, or maybe even ‘jiggery-pokery’
– hit the enter key a few times,
and voila!
And if you don’t ‘get’
what is going on in this post
– why, it’s an attempt at parody of course!
Great respect for rhyming poems I have
none for free verse I do;
next time you come across such a ‘poem’
tear away the page, you should.
This poem, by the way,
was my first – and last.

15 replies on “My First Poem”

Right about the Yoda fact, you are. But where did the Harry Potter bit drop in from? I have read the books a few times but the series comes towards the end of my ‘Ye Longe Liste of Favourite Bookse’ – and that list is quite long.

oh, it’s just that you used the expression ‘jiggery-pokery’. harry pretends to do magic and says just that to frighten dudley. in the order of the phoenix, i think. i couldn’t imagine where else from you might have picked that up. i was merely guessing.

Seems like you’re the one who’s read Harry Potter thoroughly. 😛 I honestly don’t remember this incident from the book. The first encounter with the word ‘jiggery-pokery’ that I can recollect is when I heard in the end credits of a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio show where it went along the lines of “…and further technical jiggery-pokery by “.

Have you read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series?

nope, i haven’t.

You should! I guarantee you, it’s the funniest book series you’ll ever read. Nothing surpasses or will ever surpass Douglas Adams in humour. Now, ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ does sound science-fictiony, but it’s hardly got anything to do with sci-fi. It’s not so much about the story as it is about how Douglas Adams describes things, situations, and people. I could mail you the whole series in ebook format or you can grab a copy at a bookstore. ANY bookstore will have it. Maybe read at least the first chapter on ebook if you don’t want to buy an actual copy without knowing how it is. Please please please do try it out. 🙂

So…how long do you generally take to finish a book? I’ll remind you after that period about h2g2. It’s such an awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome series, don’t miss it! Should I email its ebooks to you? Or find out where it’s available online for ordering?

Dunno why, but your comments always end up in my spam queue.

Yes, I love that series! This is Douglas Adams we’re talking about. And then, when you’re done reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, you should check out the Dirk Gently series. And then the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy radio series. And then the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie. And then the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy TV series. It won’t get repetitive – because in each medium the storyline flatly contradicts any other medium’s storyline.

You’ll also find out The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

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