I’m going to warn people in advance, compliments on this poem are likely to be met with a “thanks! I hate it” brand of reaction.
I genuinely love doing these writing challenges – I think they are going to go a long way towards helping me reclaim my creativity, and the poetry ones often introduce me to new forms and styles, some of which I end up really loving. But just as often, I find forms that just really don’t work for me.
And that’s fine. I’m not the be-all-and-end-all of poets. I’m sure there are poets who love this form (called the converse, today’s OctPoWriMo form suggestion) and can knock it out of the park. But the older I get, the less fond I am of rhyming couplets. I find when I write in rhyming couplets, I just feel like I wind up sounding like I’m writing a mother goose rhyme. I can sometimes counter this somewhat with well-placed enjambment, but even so.
Maybe you feel differently. Please tell me what you think.
In Your Smile
There’s a lightness that beguiles
In each glimmer of your smile.
I think it’s what had most stood out
When first we met – that perfect pout
Split so wide in such a cheeky grin –
That dazzling joy that did me in.
There’s nothing in this world so beautiful
And someone loving life, so rich and full;
And you, who sees joy and beauty everywhere
Buoy me up until I almost walk on air.
This was poem was written for OctPoWriMo! Link ups are closed, but don’t let that stop you from writing if the mood strikes!