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Shadowing Poems -

By Josie Whitehead

Poetry can be lots and lots of fun and the English language is so musical.  This means that poetry, written with good rhyme and rhythm/metre, can have music added to it and lots of other performance/arts subjects also.  So why not shadow the rhythms and fun that you find in songs and put it into your own poems, rather than just put words on paper in a boring way - as if poetry is little more than prose in fact.

Parody allows you to do this and I've done this many times - just for fun.  In this poem I am shadowing the rhythm, style and subject of a popular song written by Gilbert and Sullivan:

THE NIGHTMARE SONG   See it here and then some parody yourself.  Put FUN into poetry and then perform it.  My following poem is a great poem to perform.

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By Josie Whitehead

Insomniac Poet (The)

You feel so awake and your head starts to ache.

      Oh!  You just cannot drop off to sleep!

Now your bed seems to shake as you lie there awake

     As you frantically count all those sheep.


In this terrible state you’re aware that it’s late,

    But some words just float down from the wall.

It’s the night-time you hate and those words irritate

    But your readers you want to enthral.


So you get up and then, hunt for paper and pen

    To jot down the things on your mind.

Your brain wakes and then you’re ready for when

     Your best lines will flow, as you’ll find.


As the clock by the door begins chiming at four,

     Do you think of the teapot and then,

With your head feeling sore you pick up and pour.

        Do you start on your writing  again?


With adrenaline flowing and your confidence growing,

     Like a river, do words start to stream?

Your pen is now moving, your writing’s improving

      And you feel like the cat with the cream.


It’s seven in the morning and a new day is dawning.

     Are you ready to face this new day?

When you look at your face it’s an awful disgrace

     So you go back to bed right away!



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