Paul Hansford


Paul Hansford Poems

41. Life (Sonnet) 5/6/2008
42. January (An Acrostic) 5/16/2008
43. The Science Of Parting 4/24/2008
44. In-Convenience 6/22/2008
45. There Is No Comment Submitted By Members. 11/15/2008
46. Sunsets And Flowers (Pantoum) 5/22/2008
47. Fragment Of A Novel (More Of A Prose Poem Really) 4/4/2009
48. All Round My Hat 7/14/2009
49. Inconsequential Syllables 6/29/2008
50. Death Of A Queen 12/23/2008
51. My Poems (Décima) 7/3/2008
52. All Chinese To Me 4/13/2009
53. Ending 5/15/2009
54. A B C Of Poetry 8/29/2009
55. An English Calendar 7/3/2008
56. Questions 5/21/2008
57. My Shopping List 4/17/2009
58. I Have Looked At.... 4/20/2009
59. Growing Up (Sonnet) 6/29/2008
60. Four Haiku 5/2/2008
61. Dos Besos (A Brief Love Story) 5/23/2008
62. Artist’s Model 1/1/2009
63. A Poem About Laterality 4/22/2009
64. Reflection (A Palindromic Poem) 5/19/2005
65. Driving On Auto-Pilot 8/15/2009
66. A Few Limericks (Serious/Satirical) 7/25/2009
67. Absence 5/26/2009
68. Guard Of Honour (Rondeau Redoublé) 5/23/2008
69. A Poem About Recycling 4/26/2009
70. Gifts 5/2/2008
71. The First Time 4/22/2008
72. After The Stroke 8/14/2009
73. For Mel (Villanelle) 4/24/2008
74. Another Sun 5/12/2008
75. *how To Critique A Poem 5/1/2009
Best Poem of Paul Hansford

*how To Critique A Poem

If you read somebody’s poem and it makes you want to say,
“I think this piece is wonderful; it really made my day, ”
just go ahead and say it – feedback like this is good,
but saying WHY you like it will please them (well, it should) .

If somebody you don’t know says, “Please comment on my writing, ”
and you look at it, and find it … let’s say, rather unexciting,
then don’t forget – be tactful, find something good to say
before you start on finding fault – don’t ruin someone’s day.

And if you think it’s terrible, be careful how you speak.
Some people ...

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The First Time

I was only seventeen, and you were about the same,
and I knew nothing about you – I barely knew your name.
But I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we looked at each other, and then…
I knew, the first time you smiled at me, I wanted to see you again.

So I went where I knew I could find you, and asked you to go on a date,
and you looked quite shy, but you said you would, and I knew it must be fate.
And I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we looked at each other, and then…

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