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How to Compose
a Good Poem

By Josie Whitehead

Capture That Verse

A poem can hit you

     Like a stone from the sky.

It can be sprinkled from heaven

     On a cloud passing by.

It can come with a tune

     And arrive like a song;

Be remarkably short

     Or surprisingly long.


The subject can be

     The next thing that you see -

And perhaps the next subject - 

     Could even be me!!  (Oh no!) 

But you’ve weather and seasons -

     Yes snow and the ice,

But a poem about summer

     Might be rather nice.


There’s Christmas and Easter -

     Have you written of these?

Did you write about flowers,

     And birds in the trees? - - -

And what about sport?  

     Oh there’s so much to write -

And did you think for one moment

     To write about night?    


You may capture a rhythm

     From a band’s noisy beat,

And then words will rise up

     As you walk down the street.

Don’t quiver or shiver,

     Don’t panic or curse,

But put pen to your paper

     And capture that verse!



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