I plan to continue my poetic adventure in 2023, similar to how I started in 2022, with a slight variation. Starting with the letter A, I will try to explore several poetry styles. This journey in poetry writing started two years ago when I strongly desired to learn more about reading and writing poetry. I’ll confess I got hung up while writing Black Out Poems at the end of 2022. Unless I get stuck again, I promise to be a little more diverse this year. I am kicking things off with an “Ars Poetic” poem which can be translated from Latin as “The Art of Poetry,” I titled The Word Thief.
How does “Ars Poetic?” relate to The Word Thief
Horace started this tradition somewhere around 13 B.C.E. This form of poetry is simply writing a poem about writing a poem. It expresses how the poet feels when engaged in the writing process, examining the poet’s relationship to the poem. There are no rules about meter or rhythm. Writing this form of poetry should be a fun experience.
The Word Thief Like a bandit on a fast-moving train Gliding past punctuation landmarks Rules of grammar so hard to maintain Swimming silently like shadowy sharks. Clever in the night as a crafty safe cracker Spinning the dial and running out of time. Searching like a restless fugitive tracker For a combination of meter and rhythm. An outlaw scaling a steep prison wall Past obstacles made of verbs and nouns Dropping into a simile when you fall Or metaphors where no one rebounds. A desperado on a darkling plain Filled with verbs and adjectives. A gunfighter with words, nothing to offer or gain Except for the nuggets of inspiration the muse gives. A gangster living in poets’ skin Steal words with my restless pen.
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