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Strange Addiction, Poetry

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White Rabbit

Strange Addiction


Strange Addiction

I am no longer in denial

in regards to my

strange addiction;

Keeping me awake at night,

is the hallmark of this

serious affliction!


I ruminate over absurd

things in which I have

an urgent need to say;

Then, I start rhyming,

and rearranging these words,

in every possible way!


The rhythm, and harmony,

need to flow smoothly,

and come together just right;

If the balance seems off,

(even just a bit),

then I’ll be awake the entire night!

Self Control

In my head, this whirlpool

of rhymes spins furiously,

racing on, and on;

Some self-control would be useful,

I admit, but I don’t want

my rhymes entirely gone!


In my obsessive search

for various words which will fit,

and are structurally synonymous,

I distract myself from my more

urgent need, which is to find

a nearby Rhymers’ Anonymous!


Strange Addiction

Strange Addiction


Strange Addiction


© 2018 Tamara Yancosky


Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on January 30, 2019:

You have just motivated me to continue expressing myself. Thank you, Dream!

DREAM ON on January 29, 2019:

You keep sharing and we will keep reading. Your words on paper become a billboard of expression. Thank you.

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on January 24, 2019:

Thank you, Mark. (Smiles).

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on January 23, 2019:

Nice humor and what a lovely addiction to have.

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on June 13, 2018:

Thank you for your visit and I’m delighted to have your company!

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on June 12, 2018:

I suppose many a poet has had such strange addiction, During my poetry writing days, mainly between 1980 and 1994, since I couldn't express myself in prose as well as I liked I found myself sharing my views in poetry. Therefore I would not call it a Strange addiction but just one phase in the life of a rhyming poet.

I enjoyed the reading it therefore I shall have to follow you and read more of your works, especially since my preference of poetry is rhyming.

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on June 11, 2018:

Hello, Dream On! I’m so sorry for the delay in answering your comment. No, I really don’t know where to find you if I ever wish to chat.

Thank you for your lovely visit and your very sensible comment. Excellent!

Hugs from Tamara

DREAM ON on June 06, 2018:

How is your rhyming going? Maybe clear your mind and do something else you love. If it's walking, fishing, bowling. The more you keep physical active the more tired you become. So when you are exercising your body it gets a work out and other times you exercise your mind. Both need to be worked out. It takes time to find the right combo. Try, try again. Don't give up until you get what works for you. Have a blessed day. If you ever want to chat you know where to find me?

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 19, 2018:


A delightful comment from you. Thank you! I have never known of anyone who pretended to be addicted to cigarettes. That is interesting. Of course, cigarettes are disgusting, and so dangerous. I am glad you are not really addicted to them :-)



Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on April 19, 2018:

Yes, that is quite a strange addiction. I once pretended to be addicted to cigarettes but whenever I was in a position where i could not get them it never mattered that I didn't have them. In looking over my life I've not found anything I've been addicted to, even when I was writing poetry, most of which rhymes, I found at that time it was easier to express myself in poetry than in prose.

I really did enjoy reading it, id caused me to seek how many addictions I had had only to find out I didn't have any, just the pretense.

Hugs, heart to heart!

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 18, 2018:


Very thought-provoking comment, I must say! Now, I will go throughout my day rhyming each word of your comment. LOL...




Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 18, 2018:


Your words and comments are always so beautiful and greatly inspire me. Even your comments are poetic. I will plan to be by your site, later, to drown myself, once again, into the vast beauty and eloquence of your artistry.

Hugs Evermore,


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 17, 2018:

Interesting poem and beautifully expressed!

We all have certain addictions. Addictions can become passion, and this may lead to creation, just like your creative poem.

Thanks for sharing!

manatita44 from london on April 17, 2018:

Apart from the rabbit, your images are quite powerful. Are you in chains? You only are, if what should be a sweet habit are becoming obsessive. Use the will and practice slow and steady breathing. That is, only if you feel you have gone too far. Only you know.

The poem seems fine and rhyming is never easy. Again, it has so many versions! Continue ... love what you do and once the Light is shining within, then all will be well.

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 15, 2018:

Dream On,

Yes, I take cat naps, and even, at times, take to lengthy bear-hibernating. Lol...

Indeed, when I have a passion for something, it becomes my prime target of hyperfocus, and thus, takes the place of my food, water, sleep, and breath. I need to remember: Balance...balance...balance.



Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 15, 2018:

Dream On,

Again, I am moved by your inspiring words in regard to my poem. It is as if another Christmas Day has arrived!

Thank you!

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 15, 2018:

Bill, I will have to go back and reread so as to find “Urgency”. I do remember this feeling, but cannot remember off-hand where I wrote it. It’s okay; sometimes I can’t even remember my own name (of course, it changes often...).



Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 15, 2018:


It’s always reassuring to find out that I’m not alone in certain situations, and this is one of those times!

Thank you for your kindness. (BTW, you have a beautiful profile pic with the deep-red rose. It really catches the eye!).



Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 15, 2018:


What is “clanging”? I’m thinking OCD, for me. Lol. Your comment is cool, as is your lovely visit. Thank you!

Tamara Yancosky (author) from Uninhabited Regions on April 15, 2018:


Thank you so much! I thoroughly appreciate your visit to my post :-) Your comment is very kind.



DREAM ON on April 15, 2018:

As long as you are able to go to work and live your life without causing harm to yourself or other people I don't think it's an addiction. I think you have a gift. You spend a great deal of time perfecting your talent. How would you feel if you stopped rhyming for a day ? Try it and see what happens. You might feel uncomfortable but I am sure you can do it. If your desire to rhyme interferes with you eating properly. I know it interferes with your sleep. It is because it is something of interest. Your mind is constantly thinking of how to solve any problem you have. You should maybe try little cat naps in the afternoon and see if that works. These are only my opinions. If it is a major concern I am sure there is professional help from experts in every field. There are many sources that can be found on the Internet that will also be of great help. Thank you for sharing. Have a fabulous morning.

DREAM ON on April 15, 2018:

I wouldn't call it an addiction. I think it is a passion to do something no one else can. To write with honesty and humor. Dig deeper into what it really means. You have drive. You creativity.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 15, 2018:

Again, nicely done, Tamara. I especially liked Urgency, but all were well done.

threekeys on April 15, 2018:

You are not alone.

I think Im a little addicted to word and rhyme:)

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 14, 2018:

Although in poets it's a way of life, this rhyming tendency reminded me of a distant relative who was schizophrenic. He frequently used clanging when he wasn't feeling well. He came up with some doozies.

Tom Cornett from Ohio on April 14, 2018:

Very creative and written so well. I do relate to the addictions of writing. Wonderful poem! :)

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