Treasure Island

Stanley Cooper

(August 4th,1926 / New York City)

A Poets Curse


Quitting is not in my make-up
It’s not something I do
I’ll give my brain a big shake-up
To find those new rhymes past due

I no longer write poems easily
Particularly the kind that last
Dismayed, I admit, most queasily
My rhyming days seem long past

Perhaps my few fans won’t give a whit
After all, a Shakespeare I’m not
Ogden Nash had such wry wit
It’s his wit that I’ve not got

And when it comes to Mr. Gilbert
Of Savoyard fame
I’d be nutty as a filbert
To assume I could play in his game

It feels like a poets curse
This rhyming disappearance
Not able to create a verse
With any rhyming coherence

Quitting is not in my make-up
It’s not something I do
I’ll give my brain a big shake-up
To find those new rhymes past due

Submitted: Saturday, July 22, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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  • Frank Cannon (6/10/2008 4:26:00 PM)

    Your full house trumps my lowly pair
    For rhyme there are few could compare
    This curse a bluff I do declare
    I remain unmoved by your poker stare (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (7/22/2006 4:02:00 PM)

    I know that feeling so well. It's so frustrating, and it causes an inner fear that the brain will block any future attempts. Makes one shudder! ! ! ! !
    Great write.
    Lovely work,
    Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Con Nie (7/22/2006 3:54:00 PM)

    Good one, Stanley. Sincerely, Connie Webb PS Lliked your bio. :) (Report) Reply

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