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Looking for Shakespeare -- A Poem


"Looking for Shakespeare" is an ode to critics of rhyme, written in response to those who feel that rhyming poetry is rudimentary or mundane.

I had fun writing this poem while listening to the wonderful music of Shakespeare in Love...

The poet's brew...

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea

The poet’s brew hath worldly flair

Yet wisdom’s prose is seasoned bare

When herbs are plucked before their time

To perish quick of childish rhyme. ---

‘Tis not the heedless days of youth

Nor green of life's unripened truth…

Our poet’s wit hath marked the taste

To ably flee the glutton’s haste;

We needn’t sow what pens bequeath

That savors not what stirs beneath,

Nor quench the souring buds of spring

Should seasons bear the critic’s sting;

Your narrow measure spoils the spice

From garden herbs such loves entice…

To marry thus for judgment’s sake

Would every day a cuckold make;

So lift your pen and furrowed brow...

‘Tis not your brew our words endow --

And sip of rhyme the poet weaves

To catch the quick before it leaves.

I have long been a great admirer of William Shakespeare’s work. I often wonder if these rhyme critics ever read his rhyming poetry or sonnets. If so, did they understand his brilliant allusions and themes? I think not.


"So should the lines of life that life repair,

Which this, Time's pencil, or my pupil pen,

Neither in inward worth nor outward fair,

Can make you live your self in eyes of men."

— William Shakespeare; from Sonnet XVI

© 2013 Genna East


Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 26, 2019:

Thank you, dear Audrey. I had such fun writing this. And I agree with you about rhyming poetry; it is so often melodic with a music of the mind. Shakespeare was a genius, and a master of words and in understanding human nature. I appreciate your visit and comment. :-)

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 22, 2019:


You are a gifted poet! I enjoyed this rhyming, brilliant, message. There is nothing mundane about rhyming poetry. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, I prefer rhyme. Hey - if it's good enough for Shakespeare...

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 24, 2015:


Thanks so much; it was fun to write. Merry Christmas!

@sujaya venkatesh...

I hope so. :-) Good to see you.

sujaya venkatesh on December 22, 2015:

rhyming with Shakespeare

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on December 21, 2015:

So very awesome. I loved the rhyming. So very clever and creative.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 19, 2015:

Shprd75; AudreyHowitt; and Jodah...

Hello and thank you! I had such a good time writing this one. These particular critics -- aka the jackals of the literary world -- write: "The fledgling poet may suffer the inane, stifling shackles of rhyme before graduating to more serious forms of poetry." What codswallop. I could be more candid in my response to such pusillanimous mind-mush, but I'll stop there, reminding myself that I'm a lady and a grandmother. :-) I so enjoyed your visits. Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 18, 2015:

Genna, Sorry it has taken me so long to find this wonderful piece of rhyming poetry. It upsets me greatly when I hear modern critics ay that rhyming poetry is defunct and no longer relevant, or a sign of good poetry. If anyone can find fault with this masterpiece I would be surprised. It is a great example of good rhyming poetry in the spirit of William Shakespeare. Wonderful.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 18, 2015:

Still loving this piece Genna!

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on December 18, 2015:

Total bowled. Excellent reading for poets to be. I enjoyed the rythm and also the message. Thanks Geena.

- Hari

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on November 20, 2015:

Hi Bill...

Thanks for much for the visit and encouraging comments. I had a lot of fun writing this little poem. I loved your note about the "fussy little editors," which is so true. And Fred Allen's humor. :-)

Bill Russo from Cape Cod on November 19, 2015:

That you scored a hit with your work, is proven by the great quantity of admiring comments it generated. Please add mine to the group and also take my sincere admiration for your studied and spirited work. Genna, you are the best!! A final note to those who would belittle the work of wordsmiths: You are like the fussy little editors who used to quibble over the placement of commas or the length of sentences in the writings of 20th century Boston humorist Fred Allen. Fred said to them, and I say to you, "Where were you when the page was empty?"

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 14, 2014:

"Don't mess with Mama's babies." I love that one. And Aristotle summed it up perfectly. We can also be critical of critics...it goes with the territory, and can be fun and cathartic. :-) Thanks for your visit and comment.

RTalloni on December 11, 2014:

Yeah… :)

And to those who criticize rhyme, well, in the south there's an old saying, "Don't mess with Mama's babies." Don't forget Aristotle, though, "To avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."

Seriously, I enjoyed your poem immensely. Even when inspired, to write that way requires real work.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 10, 2014:

I agree, Rajan. And thank you for that nice compliment. :-)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 10, 2014:

You've proved that rhyming poetry is no less a beautiful piece of art. And I believe rhyming verses are neither a child's play nor easy to compose.

This is beautiful Genna.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 18, 2014:

Thank you, Lady! I had a lot of fun writing this one. :-)

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on June 17, 2014:

Extremely beautiful Genna i love it " wonderful composition of poetry" voting up and sharing.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 09, 2013:


Hi Kim…

Good to see you. Rhyme is here to stay…and I will argue with anyone who thinks otherwise. It is our rite of passage. :-) Thank you for those encouraging words.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 09, 2013:


Hi there. I’d love to read your poetry, Bob. I had fun writing this one. Thank you for that generous comment…it made my day! :-)

ocfireflies from North Carolina on December 08, 2013:


Greetings! Thank you on behalf of all of us who write poetry from the heart and are not afraid to let our words rhyme.


ocfireflies aka Kim

diogenes from UK and Mexico on December 08, 2013:

Beautifully addressed, Genna. I also have written poetry, both rhyming and unfettered: I believe there is no right way, just this way and that way. To dismiss disciplined verse would be to dismiss the greater body of classical poetry. You are a wonderful poet, one of the best I have read lately

Bob x

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 28, 2013:

Thank you for that very nice commnet. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. :-)

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on June 24, 2013:

By dense, I mean layered and deep. So lovely in its choice of words and symbols. Loved it. Loved also seeing and reading a masterful use of old language forms that have not at all become trite.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 23, 2013:

Hi Twilight. I'm not sure what you mean by dense, my friend, but I'm pleased you enjoyed the poem. :-) Good to see you, and thank you for the comment.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on June 16, 2013:

Dense but lyrical, my friend. I could take hours unravelling this poem, but for now I will enjoy its lovely images and words that so express.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on March 18, 2013:

Thank you for tyour wonderful and kind description; that was exactly my intent behind the words. Good to seee you! Cheers. :-)

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on March 16, 2013:

Hi Genna, How elegantly you respond to critics of the rhymed genre. It's as if you cast a spell on those who only wish to dwell on superficial sound when all around your words astound with subtlety and symmetry, refreshing as a blend of aromatic tea! Regards, snakeslane

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 21, 2013:

Thank you, Rose. The "flowing naturally" is challenge -- you are right. :-)

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on February 19, 2013:

You said it girl! so elegantly and with such style. It is not as simple as some seem to think, writing in rhyme and keeping the essence of the poem flowing naturally is sometimes a challenge.

You did it perfectly here in true Shakespearian style.

Well done you :)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 09, 2013:

Thank you, Mike. You’re always welcome! :-)

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 08, 2013:

Good morning Genna. I just swung by for another read.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on February 07, 2013:

Thank you! :-)

Quotes Lover on February 03, 2013:

Really beautiful words

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 30, 2013:


Hi. I loved your poem. Thank you so much! :-)

“For those whom cast dimly on verse with rhyme

Lack the gift instilled within a true poets mind.”

Exactly. “Tis not your brew our words endow…”

It’s good to see you, and thank you for those enlightening words.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 30, 2013:


Thank you! And it’s so good to meet you. I truly appreciate your comments. Have a great day.


What a pretty name, Sharon Christy. I’m so pleased you enjoyed this. Some of my poetry is a little inaccessible, so I try to keep the words simple, but with a powerful message that may sometimes “lay beneath” in lyrical form. I dislike anything that comes off as pretentious. Good to see you!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 30, 2013:


Hello Cyndi. I’m pleased Eddy shared this as well. Thank you for that lovely comment and vote!

@Sunnie Day

Kim, that is such a nice thing to say. My rhyming poetry has to be lyrical – for me. Otherwise, it’s like stubbing my toe over the words; it has to have a flow like a melody. Thank you for that very nice comment. It truly touched my heart. Hugs.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 30, 2013:


Hi Maria;

What a lovely poem, dear Maria. And I loved your comment “between the lines”…it fits perfectly. :-) She arrived last night; 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and her name is Charlotte. (After my mother…she even has her red hair.). Flying to Denver tomorrow, and am soo excited. Thanks for those lovely comments.

Love and hugs.


Thank you Eddy. I love the gifts you share as well. Cheers.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 30, 2013:


Why thank you! I appreciate your comment and vote. :-)


Thanks, Barb. That was such a nice thing to say. It’s always good to see you. I can’t believe it’s been two years already. :-)

must65gt on January 29, 2013:

Your words seed thought from thoughtless minds

And bequeath soft words towards those unkind

Reflecting souls who write with hasty quill

Who spread discontent and seed Ill-will

But oft I too have felt the critic’s eye

And felt the sting from calloused minds

That brought forth thoughts to cease within

And find a course remiss of parchments pen

But from the fathoms of my inner soul

A Burning spurred and took my spirit hold

And begged me to write from deep within

And find that special place to start again

For to write poetry filled with grace and rhyme

A challenge poised from heart to the mind

That meaning would rise from passions depths

And bring a smile from wince a crushed soul wept

Take heart poetic souls hold not back your pen

And bring forth thoughts and dreams that lie within

For those whom cast dimly on verse with rhyme

Lack the gift instilled within a true poets mind

Chris from India on January 29, 2013:

My! My! I was so carried away for some time, thou art a great follower, in troth. So witty and fine and with an impeccable rhythm too, not too dense or pretentious, so free flowing, clear and fascinating. How I loved it! I have not words to express it except I admire you so! Marvellous! Mama Mia! You are wonderful!

Bill Blackburn from Twentynine Palms, California on January 29, 2013:

Perfect! You are a top rate poet and this was an awesome read! I loved every line!

Sunnie Day on January 29, 2013:

Genna, when I read your work I feel like I am in a waltz of some kind, a magical place where the words just dance across the pages. Your poetry is like no other. Thank you.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on January 29, 2013:

This is great. I love rhymed poetry and really envy those who write it well. You have done so fantastically. I'm glad Eiddwen shared this. You have my vote up.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 29, 2013:

Oh so wonderful and I vote up,across and share.

Here's to so many more to come Genna;you have a gift and I am honoured to share.

Have a wonderful day.


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 28, 2013:

Dear Genna,

I am glad I found this late

As I would like to congratulate

You and yours on your first

Grandbabe, your hearts will burst!

Oh, and I have always loved your poetry... Even between the lines.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

b. Malin on January 28, 2013:

Genna, you would have made Shakespeare Proud! Beautiful Poem, all the right rhythm and rhyme, and put together, it Flows oh so well.

My Votes of UP & Beautiful and Awesome too.

A warm Congratulations on your 2nd year with Hub Pages!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 27, 2013:

Beautiful poem, my friend. Thanks for writing and share with us. I give my vote to you. Cheers, Prasetio

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 26, 2013:

I’m sorry I’m late in responding, but I’m expecting my first grandchild to arrive in a matter of a few days, and we are all just soo excited and over the moon about this, I just can’t think straight! :-) :-)

@unknown spy

Thank you, dear poet. This was fun to write as well.


Thank you, Alur, and I look forward to reading yours as well.

@Shining Irish Eyes

Thank you, Beckie. :-) Lol. This was written “tongue in cheek style” as they say.


Thank you, Bobbi. Well said. Certain college professors and high school teachers can wreak havoc on an aspiring poet, but others know how to teach and inspire poetry. It’s the luck of the draw. Good to see you.

BobbiRant from New York on January 24, 2013:

LOL Great hub! My poems, prose and plays professor in college used to call me a 'poetry whimp' because I didn't know my stanzas from a hole in the ground. I didn't care. Great poem about my favorite form of writing. Love it!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on January 23, 2013:

Nothing like slapping those critics right in the kisser with a magnificent example of superb Shakespeare flavored poetry.

Absolutely wonderful

ALUR from USA on January 20, 2013:

I have never had a problem with rhyme, it is whether or not the poet speaks well during his/her soliloquy. You have done a great job beyond the current poetry that is out there to exemplify not only rhyme, but beauty.

You're welcome to read/rate my hubs as well!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on January 20, 2013:

just breath-taking..the choice words, the metaphor, ohh i love it!


Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2013:

Alastar, you make me blush with such praise. I’m never completely satisfied with a poem I write…there is always one word or one line that could have been better. But I am so pleased you enjoyed this. And I think you would write wonderful poetry, Alastar. Thank you! :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2013:

Hello, dear Dim, and thank you for those very kind words. It’s always good to see you. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2013:

Hi Jim!

Ahhh…Ogden Nash – the “unconventional” rhyming poet. But was does “unconventional” mean? I like his work and his unique sense of humor. My father liked him as well, and introduced me to his poetry years ago…he also liked Andy Rooney, and once said, “Imagine Andy Rooney a poet and you have Ogden Nash.” :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2013:

Hi Rasma…

I’m pleased you enjoyed the poem…I liked your rhyming comment. Touché and thank you!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2013:

Alexandra! How wonderful it is to see you! ;-) I have always chaffed at rigid rules of fashion, or when being told there is only one way to look at a poem with regard to, “What does it mean?” When I was in college, I was sternly advised by a literature professor that “Mending Wall” had one meaning and only one when I arrived at two interpretations – one of which was different from his. This kind of thinking keeps the creative mind in a box.

Thank you for those thoughtful comments.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2013:

Hello Nellieanna….

‘There are times when rhyming is the perfect music for the poem…”

So beautifully said, and so very true, dear Nellieanna. There is a lyric sense to the rhyme that is woven of patterns that may be simple on the surface, yet carries far more meaning when we look beyond the obvious.

Thank you! :-)

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 18, 2013:

You caught the flavor of the Bard and silenced the critics of rhyme in superb style, Genna. You write poetry like I tried to once. Glad I left it in more worthy hands like yours.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on January 16, 2013:

Absolutely outstanding.. Shakespeare could do no better.

Why can´t we enjoy allsorts of poetry, whether rhyming, blank verse, prose.? If it´s well written it´s a winner.

This was extremely well written.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on January 15, 2013:

Poetry, whether rhymed or not,

brings peace and comfort to our lot.

And if it brings a tear or two, then

read from Ogden Nash a few.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 15, 2013:

Voted up and awesome.

I cannot tell a lie

Your poetry is truly divine

I like it just fine

Enjoyed this.

SilverGenes on January 15, 2013:

Genna, I've always struggled with the idea that art must be 'in fashion' to have value and your poem makes the point with lyric beauty. Perhaps if the critics realized that great work has most often been recognized when the artist is gone, they would take more time to reflect on their own craft and truly "catch the quick before it leaves". Point made, and done so with style and elegance!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 14, 2013:

Genna - I'm carried away by the smooth beauty and meaning of your poetry. There are times when rhyming is the perfect music for the poem, as well as those in which freedom to make the music in other ways expesses what one wants to say best.

As so many commenters have said in various ways - the joy and beauty expressed by poetry and all art is its freedom, variety and versatility.

But if we all could say it so well in this classic style as you have, we'd surely all find it most ideal most often!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hello Vincent! Praise from you is high praise indeed. :-) I can understand how you would like the classics, for I suspect they rest deep within you in some way. I have heard others say that those who appreciate the classics are very old souls. So I guess we both have this in common. As always, it is good to see you. Your supportive and kind words mean so very much. Thank you, dear and brilliant poet, for your gracious encouragement.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Thank you, Dianna. I love writing in this style although I don’t have an opportunity to do it often. Cheers! :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Don and Molly…

Thank you! It’s odd you should mention this. When I was living in LA, some friends invited me to lunch at a new restaurant that touted an authentic Old England motif.

After walking down some steps at the eatery’s entrance, we entered a cavernous room. A giant, open hearth was situated near one wall where the cooking was being prepared by sous chefs dressed in servants’ garb. Beyond the hearth, a massive wooden wine rack climbed upward to the high ceiling; each of its triangular-shaped nooks cradled a dusty wine bottle. A stone fireplace on the opposite wall was adorned with an English Coat of Arms. I can’t say the theme was Elizabethan…except that it might have been a more modern version of “The Lion in Winter.”

I sat down at a rectangular wooden table with my friends; my chair had thick arms and a high back. I was overwhelmed with this strong déjà vu feeling of, “I’m home…safe…something of me has been here before.” It was an indescribable, peaceful calm that had no point of reference, and a little unnerving. I’d never felt it before that day, nor since.

I love your intentional misquote from R&J. “A plague on both their houses.” Hugs to you both. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hello Audrey. Such lovely compliments from such a talented poet. Thank you. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Thank you, Phyllis! What a nice thing to say. Your supportive comments mean a lot; I am so appreciative of your kind words and votes. Cheers.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hello MHatter99. I hope so…this was fun to write. Thank you!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hello Perspycacious…thank you. Good to see you. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Ruby. I’m so glad you liked this. Thanks for the visit; and your comments made my day! :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Thank you, Lisa, for those nice words. I really enjoy poetry, so your comments mean a lot.

Vincent Moore on January 14, 2013:

I truly believe every human is a poet to one degree or another. Whether we rhyme or not a word so spoken or combined with our thoughts will come out in a form that surprises many. I love the classics and in many ways feel close to them, yet a rhymer I am not.

I have a great respect for those who command it so well. You have delivered your message in classical style fitting a brilliant wordsmith like yourself dear poet. You never fail to deliver with your magnificent style and flare and command of words. I am humbled and have a great respect for your art. Voted Up and shared. Bravo, take a bow, I applaud you.

Dianna Mendez on January 14, 2013:

Excellent! Shakespeareian at its best!! I am very impressed and love the words of the poem.

DnWW on January 14, 2013:

Dear Lady;

Bravo for standing up for poets who write rhyme, Gen, and so perfectly.

I’m no expert on the rules of poetry, but I sometimes think you lived another life in Elizabethan England. I have followed your rhyming poetry here, and your poems are stunning if not brilliant. They read gracefully, naturally and are unforced. I like their depth of meaning, and the double entendre you frequently employ. This takes special talent.

As for the critics? To misquote Shakespeare: ‘A pox on all their houses!’


Don (and Molly)

Audrey Howitt from California on January 14, 2013:

Oh Genna--this is beautiful! Sharing with all my poetry friends

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Thank you, dear Kash. It’s always a pleasure to see you. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hello Maya.

Lol. I just commented to Mike pretty much the same thing regarding the message. Thanks so much, my good friend, for those nice comments.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hello Mike!

Thank you. I was trying to soften the message with grace…I hope I was successful. If you picked up on it, then I know I accomplished this. :-) Good to see you as always.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hello Alan!

I love the classics; and find myself conjuring rhyme poetry that is similar at times. Rhyme can be lyrical when all of the notes find their proper homes; the pegs slip into the appropriate tone and pitch as the music tells its story. Thank you for that very thoughtful and kind comment. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Amy, you are welcome, from the bottom of my rhyming heart as well. Don't worry about that stinging commentary that is representative of those who do not understand the rhyme placement and intent. It is artistic expression. I have written a couple of rhyme poems that a few people didn’t understand, so I don’t write them as often. I want my poetry to be accessible, but this isn’t always the case. Perhaps in doing so, I’m not being true to myself. Hugs my friend.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Thank you, Bob. Actually, that word is supposed to be souring, as the “should” is assumed to be “when.” But perhaps I didn’t express it very well; good catch! :-) I appreciate your visit and your comments.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Will. Thank you! That is so nice to hear. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Billy, and I so agree. Poetry is not as popular as it once was…more is the pity. Therefore, these rhyme critics may run the risk of dictating to others how to write. Thank you for that thoughtful comment.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Susan;

Thank you very much. Good to see you. :-)

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 13, 2013:

UP, Awesome and Beautiful poem, Genna. I love poems that rhyme -- it takes a good poet to use rhyme in a way that gives meaning and beauty, and you have accomplished that very nicely. Well done!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 13, 2013:

Exactly. Well put. Thank you for this.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on January 13, 2013:

I would use the term "classic" just as several others have. Very well done and in the class of classic style and depth of meanings.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 13, 2013:

Oh Genna, This is perfect poetry to still the voice of non lovers of rhyme. Loved it. Very meaningful. Cheers.

CreatePerfection from Beautiful Colorado on January 13, 2013:


This is a great piece. I love your poetry. Deep and meaningful, as always.



Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on January 13, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem it was a wonderful read !

Vote up and more !!!

Maya on January 13, 2013:

This is great Genna! I love the stick-it-in-your-ear message written in an elegant, beautiful and classic style. Brilliant use of metaphor and rhyme.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 13, 2013:

Genna you combine wit, wisdom and grace into such a splendid brew. Your poem has such a charm to it.

arb from oregon on January 13, 2013:

Well Genna, you have illustrated well why we love the classics. You have illustrated well that rhyming does not detract, rather it compliments the line with craftmanship and much like the square peg which prefers a square to a circle, rhyme longs for its rightful place. Undoubtably, making a word work because it simply rhymes does not endear it to any of us and there is far too much of that. That the peg fits the square and rhymes, well that is classic poetry! Beautiful and memorable, a worthy example of poetic craftmanship!

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on January 13, 2013:

Thank you from the bottom of my rhyming heart, Genna. I have had a few comments, though favorable, that sting nonetheless, when I am left with words indicating my message is less deep because it rhymes, or that I am an amateur because of it. The beauty of art is in its freedom. A clone is not the real deal. Viva la difference! Awesome topic that is relevent to all artists, Genna.

diogenes from UK and Mexico on January 13, 2013:

Well said and said well in verse. I think you may have meant "soaring" in verse three?



WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on January 13, 2013:

Whoa! That was superb!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 13, 2013:

Any critic of the Arts is not worth my time to listen to them; all of the Arts are necessary to bring beauty into a world sorely missing in it. I don't care if it rhymes or doesn't, poetry is necessary in this world. Wonderful message, Genna!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 13, 2013:

Oh Genna this is beautiful!

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