A poem, huh? Day 12.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 § 0

A poem to someone I love.  Goodness.  If there's one thing I suck at, it's writing poetry.  After all, I used to write poetry when I was younger and I found some the other day, and laughed for an hour straight, just reading them over and over again.  That's how bad they are!  Just to prove it, here's a line from one of them:

"I am a white horse proud and tall
Galloping in the snow, hoping not to slip and fall."

I wrote that baby in first grade.  Legendary wordsmith, yo.  

I think I'll fashion my poem today off of one of Shel Silverstein's poems.  I read his books cover to cover in one sitting when I was younger, and I love his random, crazy, imaginative stories.  Today, the spirit of Shel will guide my fingers over the computer keys and help me.  

One broken pinkie
One L-shaped pool
Two popsicles in the afternoon
Two shared schools. 
Three shirley temples (each)
Three courses in Etiquette school
Hundreds we've had and hundreds more to make
Of memories shared with you.


WOW.  Poetry is hard!  I admire poets.  A lot.  I spent 40 minutes on this and it still kind of sucks.  I guess I should stick to un-rhyming prose and not stray from that, ever.  

That was about my sister, by the way.  Yes, we were enrolled in etiquette school.  

While I'm crap at writing poetry about people I love, there's someone who isn't, and that's Edgar Allen Poe.  I love his work! Yeah, yeah, I know he's everyone's favorite, but he's my favorite too, SO THERE.  Here's his poem about someone he loves:


Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea. 


That's one of my english teacher's favorite poems, and I can't help but love it too.  It's haunting but wonderful!

Have a lovely, poetic Wednesday, 
Cooper






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