The Craft of Poeming


See, here’s the thing:

we’re free


or to





them wherever they
want to go (they’ve got legs
of their own, you know.)

We may
leave them

c   r   a   c k
them open like tiny word eggs.

We can enjoy them
……-bled, over
easy, or hard –
scribblescribe them in bro
……….-ken shards.

We can swallow some
and spit some out, fill in the
spaces with new verb grout,
hold our nounbreath and then




We can use the ones from other’s
songs, or just mush-make them up,
as we go along.

We’re all breathing
in ink. We’re all
sinking in time. We’re all
blinking by inches
and thinking in rhyme.

We’re all here to gather
the notes
……..of our song.

Sing, pen
sing silly,
sing true
sing strong.





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11 Responses to The Craft of Poeming

  1. margo roby says:

    I want to open your brain and look inside, maybe take a room in a B&B brain cell for a few days. I love what comes from there.

  2. John Bauer says:

    This most recent poem I most enjoyed. It is, was, and always
    will be Dr. Seuss-like.

  3. Opal Onyx says:

    “fill in the spaces with new verb grout” My favorite thing to do. And this, of course: “We can use the ones from other’s songs, or just mush-make them up”

  4. This reminds me of that song “Sing, Sing a Song”…. so true, and best when you are free to express yourself just as you see fit! Love the verb grout!

  5. ihatepoetry says:

    Thank you for the liberating call to pens! It was a fun read as well.

  6. I love the tumbling words, and spaces. Makes the poem even more real.

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