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Poems Which Capture
Our Poetical Language

By Josie Whitehead

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Writing with Pen


By Josie Whitehead

Words That Dance

I wish that I could write a poem

     Whose words danced on the page:

A poem with rhyme and imagery

       With whom readers could engage.


I wish that I could write a poem

     That wasn’t flat and dull;

My words would lift your spirits high

     Or my quiet words would lull.


I wish that I could write a poem

     Which had the power to thrill;

Whose metric feet just marched along

     Like soldiers doing drill.


I wish that I could write a poem

     With special things inside:

Alliteration, assonance

     And other things besides.


My special poem would fill your hearts

     With words to paint a scene,

And not just giggle poems, of course.

     You’ll know just what I mean.


My special poem would show some skill,

     Distinguished well from prose,

For poetry links with song and dance

      As everybody knows.


My special poem is one you’d keep

      Inside your head for sure,

And, when you’ve children of your own,

     This poem they would adore.

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