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

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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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