Poem: Poet’s Quandary Arrives

Updated on December 16, 2016
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Tim Mitchell has been writing poetry since high school. He enjoys exploring them, the many forms, and writing them


Poet’s Quandary Arrives

Dancing like fairies upon forest floor arrive a mushroom,

A stool of rest as giggles echo beneath beacon high above,

Shadows meld darkness unfolds truth told tonight’s quest,

Lines of poet no rules thoughts flutter here and leave there.

Knock, knock convention says must be this or that or is false,

Riddle me this riddle me that, now a rhyme must be told,

Tax collector counts pennies must be the same not a waltz,

Lines one more syllable than thirteen or bad luck, be bold.

Softly from afar Athena’s whisper beckons asking, “Remember me?”

Kneeling before presence bowed head listened her wisdom’s counsel,

Near stood Erato singing of Love’s praise of heart lest of soul forgotten,

Aphrodite afar smiles her eyes twinkle casting a spell once again upon me.

Alas, again, arrives laws written not of goddess, man,

Stumbling seeking cadence an epic journey wandering,

Quest arrives upon night's journey less love, rules say I must,

Marching army guards, dancing muses offer pondering.

Alas, my soul wanders darkened forests, sails perilous sea as my heart leads,

Following bunny rabbits teach hop-skip and jump no rhyme of reason now,

Gaylene’s love gives safe travel across the sea as Aura’s breeze fills sails full,

Truly my muse’s smile shares mystical and magical no need of battle with logos.

Arrive Khaos . . . betwixt heaven’s inspiration and the neither world’s curse,

Oh way up in the sky, the little bird flies, good-morning, good- morning, the little bird says,

Gift of gods or God, Love’s blessing a muse whispering inspiration softly upon poet’s soul,

No matter of cadence’s rules or of dancing with fairies one’s muse leads poet’s heart to pen.

© 2016 Tim Mitchell


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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Good to see you Sannel. Thank you for the comment :-) I think Poe is good company to keep.

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      Sannel 17 months ago

      Mitch, your poetry is many times a puzzle. It's always bringing me much of pondering of this and that. That's a mystery in itself. It's also a talent which I appreciate. I appreciate you, Mitch! You're an exceptional poet, a bit bizarre, in many ways, but so was Edgar Allan Poe. ;)

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello Gypsy Rose Lee! Happy Holidays. I am happy your enjoyed it :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 17 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most creative poetry. Enjoyed this.

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Good to see you threekeys. BTW . . . just letting you know your questions always give me pause and pondering . . .

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      I appreciate you stopping by Venkatachari! I am happy you enjoyed it . . .

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you Eric. Good to see you! To be honest it was inspired by your Hub intro to your I think first published poem - (We See Life The Same Yet Differently From Time to Time) I hope there are more to come. I have been working at following rules of poetry types becoming frustrated. I felt like I was loosing the guidance of magical and mystical. I thought of David led by the inspiration of God and heart. Pretty much without rules except lyrical or rhythmic. I see that with the Greek too, even though we gave them the label of epic. In this poem the 1st. 3d, and 5th verse are free verse. The 2nd and 4th rhyme and are 14 syllables each seeking cadence. The last as it says is chaos :-) just letting fingers dance to the music of my muse's inspiration.

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      Threekeys 17 months ago from Australia

      A light flowing trill.

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Amazing poetry. Beautifully dancing lines. Enjoyed a lot.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just great Tim, I like your style