Sunday, August 27, 2006

If you can't say something nice

don't put that word in your mouth
you don't know where it's been

a verb is not a toy

what if everyone wrote a poem
would you do that, too?

don't run with sentences

don't play with metaphors

and drop that adjective before
you poke someone's eye out

poetry doesn't grow
on trees, you know


Blogger mermaid said...

Playful, yet personal and perceptive.

Mb, poetry only grows from places of genuine pleasure and pain.

8/27/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger zhoen said...

Don't put that (o) in your nose.

8/27/2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger Sky said...


nope, they don't. but MB grows a garden full...always plenty for the picking! ;)

8/27/2006 1:17 PM  
Blogger Stray said...

this is wicked MB! I really like it ...

It rang true for me on lots of levels because there are a lot of words I have trouble saying. Some in any context, others only in certain combinations.

I'm afraid I may have to show this to my therapist ;) Would you mind?

8/27/2006 1:24 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! "don't put that word in your mouth, you don't know where it's been" Fantastic line MB!!! I knew I heard something bouncing off the moon!!

8/27/2006 1:53 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

...and sticks and stones may break my bones...but words will never hurt me!

8/27/2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

I like what mermaid said , "poetry only grows from places of genuine pleasure and pain." How very true!
I imagine it simmering on the stove with wonderful aromas but sometimes boiling over and scalding.

8/27/2006 4:07 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

Huh. I think poetry grows just about anywhere, on just about anything, personally; but anyway, loved this poem! Made me laugh.

8/27/2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Whimsical and fun~ the worded world; or, rather, the poeticized.

8/27/2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger steve said...

I really liked this one :)

8/27/2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger NINANINA said...

I like the moon phase on your blog.
do you write more poems when it waxes?

8/27/2006 9:15 PM  
Anonymous **Silvermoon** said...

great sense of humor :)

8/28/2006 2:05 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...


My pylon:

"don't pun, we have company"

"go wash up, you've been reading all day"

O my, really fine and funny.

8/28/2006 3:31 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Thanks for the morning hoot and hollar - didn't quite roll on the floor but enjoyed a delighted laugh :)

8/28/2006 3:46 AM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...


8/28/2006 7:37 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Very funny! But I know you're just trying to use reverse psychology on us, Ma.

8/28/2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger floots said...

loved it
thank you

8/28/2006 11:33 AM  
Blogger chuck said...

Sheesh...this one is funny...I would have written a poem, but..."poetry doesn't grow/on trees,
you know

8/29/2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger gracie said...

yup... me and the literature-teaching husband had a great laugh over this one... fantastic mb!

8/30/2006 4:59 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Mermaid, for me it can grow everywhere. Thanks!

Zhoen, you are funny.

Sky, that's the way I imagine your garden — plenty for the picking!

Stray, of course — let me know what wise analysis she has for us!

Pat, thanks! You caught the lob!

Firebird, I sure hope so!

rdl, I wish for you more pleasure than pain.

Dale, don't you know me better than to assume my poems are literal personal statements? Of course you do. And of course it does. (I'm very glad to know I made you laugh. ;-)

Brenda, the world is brimming with words. Thanks!

Steve, welcome! Thanks for stopping by, I'm pleased you enjoyed the poem.

Nina, I haven't noticed that kind of trend. I write almost daily, regardless, and some days it's easier than others.

Silvermoon, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem!

Lori, your pylons made me chuckle. Thanks for setting them out for me.

Endment, oh good! Glad to add to your day!

Richard, merci beacoups, monsieur.

Dave, oh sigh. You're onto me. Or are you? Don't you think there could be something just a little dangerous about writing poetry?

Floots, thank you, I'm so glad you did.

Chuck, yeah, sometimes you have to work for'em.

Gracie, thanks for sharing it with him!

8/30/2006 2:11 PM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I does it grows on Poe-trees- he he loved this

8/31/2006 11:02 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Sue, and I enjoyed your comment!

8/31/2006 4:26 PM  
Anonymous John said...

That's why I let pictures do the talking. Nice work!

9/05/2006 4:34 AM  
Blogger MB said...

John, thanks! Your pictures do indeed speak! Thanks for dropping by.

9/05/2006 9:15 AM  

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