Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0102 This Is A Disposable Poem - Poem by Michael Shepherd

This is a disposable poem.
Under each stanza
is a perforated line

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you may read it stanza by stanza
and throw away each as you read
or having it read it through,
shorten it stanza by stanza

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since many poems on this site
benefit from curtailing
because amateur poets
tend to be uncertain
about their work

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and as a result either repeat
the essence of their poem at the end
or comment on it which takes
the power out of it

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you might want to save that
previous stanza but as for
the other stanzas, here’s
a suggestion
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enjoy being a critic and
dispose of them with a flourish
in one of these ways
certainly not both for reasons
which will become apparent

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one method is to place
a waste-paper basket so called
at an optimum distance
far enough away to enjoy throwing
the ball of scrunch-up

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but near enough not to miss;
do it with a flourish,
feel good, feel judgmental,
feel superior, feel right

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or alternatively take this disposable poem
into the smallest room to read
for as long as it takes, this varies,
then put it behind you so to speak

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again with a decisive gesture
though of course due care and
you may wish to accompany this
with some rather biblical utterance

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such as, I shit in judgment upon
the works of the ungodly
and as for the works of the infidel
I put them behind me

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and they shall be carried away
by the waters of righteousness yea
as though they had never been

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aaah that felt good


Comments about 0102 This Is A Disposable Poem by Michael Shepherd

  • (4/19/2006 7:55:00 PM)


    Sometime's the bathroom tissue's all we have to write on! Well done. The piece is filled with humour and just the proper amount of irony. Many won't recognize themselves in this portrait, perhaps me, too!

    Best with LOL,

    Hugh
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  • (4/19/2006 4:26:00 PM)


    That ending's literally got me farting with laughter! ! Ha ha ha! ! (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2006 8:31:00 AM)


    Michael, this is one of the funniest I have ever read. l absolutely enjoyed the 'end'ing, because some of what is here, including my own, are not even worth being used as toilet tissue (too thinly constructed!) Scarlett (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2006 8:29:00 AM)


    Excuse me if I'm wrong, but I thought this site was for anyone to submit poetry to, so who are you to feel so high and mighty that you have to write poems on how you don't like other peoples poems? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 13, 2006


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