Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.
Take it as a fake modesty, or as a healthy literary self-assessment, but I don't see myself as a poet. Albeit, with less and less defined criteria in all areas of artistic expression, where the new principle of "anything goes" makes it hard to tell a masterpiece from a literary junk -- how could I possibly know how good or bad I really am at what I do.
Even the number of views is not a true measure of it -- simply because it depends on the kind of readers I am attracting. Namely, I'd rather have ten smart readers than hundreds of, well -- not so smart ones, so how do I know who is behind that number, big or small.
Since it all seems to be just a matter of the observer's taste, that good old Latin maxim comes to mind: "De gustibus non disputabant est" -- or in plain English: "Tastes are not to be discussed".
So, some time ago a generous reader left a comment under one of my samples of playing with rhymes that read: "Val, poetry is where you shine".
Well, that comment was not responsible for my continuing to do my rhyming like a man possessed -- it was my sheer laziness. Namely, with my niche being anything that may inspire a little with an out-of-box approach to the life themes, I found it so much easier to deliver my messages in rhymes than in a 1500-word article.
And laziness it is, although I prefer calling it "pragmatism". If those smart asses who authored their evergreen proverbs could get away with a one line message -- why wouldn't I do it in a 200-word rhyme.
Now, talking about rhyming my stuff, I am trying, at least, to make it resemble a poem; otherwise, with no rhymes it would be just a prose put in a column.
Not mocking poetry and its form, I noticed how I could put in rhymes just about anything that I might otherwise write an article about -- including topics on politics, health, even some random thoughts bordering with silliness. Why not? We never know who out there might like it.
Here, in the next three rhymed pieces I am talking about this very subject of my "poetizing", starting with one that includes some universal dilemmas of anyone who ever considered writing. I hope some of you may like reading it, like I enjoyed composing it.
If you are one that writes a lot
you spread yourself too thin
so it's more often than not
it doesn't make you win.
Then if you write a little
you may appear all dried out
but even finding a golden middle
still is leaving you in kind of a doubt.
For what topics to choose
those informative or fiction
'cause either is bound to lose
if you miss some good depiction.
Then, how to choose a right style
trying to satisfy most every taste
for if you don't make them smile
your writing may go to the waste.
Should poetry be your form
or good, versatile articles mix
and what is to be seen as norm
that's using some well tested tricks.
Could original be better than old themes
although hard for search engine to find
but just adding to the old, so it seems
looks worn out to everyone's mind.
O.K., I don't really know about you
but I gave up on strategies long ago
just being happy to express my view
not bothering to impress as some pro.
Encapsulating My Messages in Rhymes
There are many readers who don't give a dime
for long lecturing needed to make a short point
and that is why I oftentimes resort to my rhyme
it's like, instead of a pep-talk I'm offering a joint.
With tastes being all different across the board
writers can't please everyone, it's a simple fact
always taking a risk of making someone bored
with no way of knowing how they may react.
Well, it may depend on how talkative I feel
whether I say it in form of poetry or not
making of a theme some big deal
or deciding not to yap a lot.
But in either case it's fun to express my mind
hoping to find a reader on the same page
not treating them as someone blind
trying not to sound New Age.
Maybe with some food for a liberating soul
avoiding to look like sterile oversized tirade
but short or long, always with a noble goal
so for any welcomed rhyme I'm surely glad.
Motive of My Poetizing
My "poetry" is not in the criticizing gear
sometimes showing our humorous side
often trying to make our flaws look clear
maybe to inspire and then help to decide.
While it may look like pile of negative crap
it's just pointing at some pitfalls of life game
dumping responsibility on everyone's own lap
for their life outcomes, with no others to blame.
I have been there myself, and that's how I know
thus my rhymes are not some stolen thoughts
I had my own share of "reaping what I'd sow"
in seven decades of untying few tight knots.
Some hundreds of books were but a gym
for, I just couldn't live by recipes of others
I turned my own nightmare into my dream
on my way out from anything that bothers.
And so now I'm just sharing, not teaching
merely reminding of what's in each heart
still too much of student to try preaching
not graduated in this school to play smart.
© 2021 Val Karas
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 29, 2021:
I not only enjoyed your poetry but liked that in your decades of life, you are still approaching it as a student. I feel the same. Kudos to you!
Val Karas (author) from Canada on January 28, 2021:
John -- Yes, to some folks rhyming is "childish", and to me it isn't. It reminds me how someone from UK called phonetic pronunciation in Latin and in some Slavic languages (including my native Croatian) "childish" -- after I wrote how it has an advantage over English where you have to know a word to be able to pronounce it correctly. Otherwise you will pronounce "u" in words "but" and "put" the same way. With phonetic pronunciation every letter of the alphabet is always pronounced the same way, and I see it as practical and smart -- can't even figure why it could be "childish"..
But that only proves my point that different people see things different way, and it's impossible to please everyone -- even if you really wanted to do it. Like I said, without a rhyme, why bother calling it "poetry" -- other than because it's formed into a narrow column. If the column defines it, then we could put a weather forecast into a column and call it poetry.
Again, to each their own. I am having my fun with rhymes and messages I put in them. Every single one of my "poems" has almost instantly been taken to a special site by the Team, with me never having to first submit it -- so it looks like it's not entirely a time wasted.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 28, 2021:
I liked the way you almost made a sculpture out of the words of these poems, curving the right margin. You did well to maintain the ABAB rhyme scheme.
I find I can get my message across so much better and in fewer words by using poetry than prose, Val. For that reason it is my preferred form of writing and communicating.
I do feel the current “almost anything goes” rule as far as poetry is concerned has diminished the art somewhat, but many of my contemporaries may disagree. They belittle rhyming verse saying it is childish and stifles creativity. My opinion is that many find it too hard or are too lazy to write rhyming verse so they run it down as being behind the times.
No matter what you write or how you write it, Val, it makes people think about things, and ask questions, and that’s a good thing. Especially if you have fun doing it.
Val Karas (author) from Canada on January 28, 2021:
Bill -- Well, it's fun, if you noticed I am even playing with the right side margin making it nice and slant in either direction. But "effort"? -- No, at this age of mine, if something is not easy -- it's labeled impossible, lol.
Thanks for the praise, my friend.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 28, 2021:
Nice experiment, my friend. Much better than I could do at rhyming. In fact, I'm so bad at it, I don't even try, so kudos to you for making the effort. :)