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PRETTY POETRY

 
People tend to tell me that
What I write is not poetry because:
      it doesn't rhyme
      it doesn't fall into even meter
      it doesn't follow easily recognizable form
      it doesn't conform to accepted standards
And moreover that:
      it doesn't make them feel 'real' happy
      or even
      leaves them feeling somewhat uncomfortable
It causes them to think about
      things they'd rather not consider
      and a myriad of other excuses
But the more they complain
      the more I realize that - -
            I am getting to them!
And if it doesn't get to them
       it isn't poetry, no matter
       how 'pretty' it looks on the page.
 


- Paul Malécot


 
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