• WRITING POETRY IS LIKE MAKING A CUP OF COFFEE

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    Writing poetry
    Is like making
    A cup of coffee
    For breakfast.
    Start by doing
    Nothing and relaxing.
    Wait for the cock
    Of inspiration to crow,
    Spurred by the Muse.
    Taking that as

    Your cue, let images
    And sounds, idioms
    And syntax percolate
    In your heart and mind.
    Next, slowly pour
    The steaming hot
    Ebony brew of
    Your chosen theme.
    Squeeze a few
    Drops of vanilla-

    Flavored vision
    To give breadth
    And depth to your
    Cup of art.
    Afterwards, pour
    With flair the creamer
    Of style and craft,
    And add a teaspoon
    Or more of sugary
    Words into the dainty,
    Fragile white China cup
    Of your imagination.
    Then gently stir
    Your masterpiece
    With a silver spoon.
    Ah!you are now
    Ready to inhale
    The fine aroma
    Of Arabica or

    Robusta beans
    Finely ground
    And hand roasted
    To perfection.
    ‘Tis the moment
    To sip and savor
    The quickening flavor
    Of pure caffeine
    In you cup of poem.
    Bonne potable!

    THE GREAT PANJANDRUM

    I ingeniously wrote a massive,
    Rocket-propelled, explosive-packed
    Poem called “The Great Panjandrum”
    That could breach and demolish,

    The ten-foot-high, seven-foot-
    Thick vaunted Atlantic Wall built
    By the German Army in Normandy,
    France–akin to the impregnable

    Reinforced skulls of the densest
    Reader and the harshest critic.
    Alas, my rhyming epic masterpiece
    Turned to a tragic poetic dud,

    Disappointing hordes and hordes
    Of my avid phantom fans who
    Were busy surfing the internet
    For a virtual reality erotic sonnet.

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