Joseph Anderson

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A Poetic Essay - Poem by Joseph Anderson

How I yearn to write in free verse,
Free from rhythm, cadence and
Free to roam about ethereally
In some never-never land.

The muse of Erato is upon me.I
have an urge to write with
vagueness and abstraction, to cloak
my meanings in surrealism and mystery.
Perhaps I could of write of passion, joy,
sadness, despair, longings, angers,
envies and doubts. I could write of
depressions and elations, using
platitudes and beautitudes.I must write
of sad yesterdays and hope-filled
tomorrows and tell of my misty dreams
and future schemes..Ah! Yes, these would
be great topics, free from the shackles of
rhyme.My success depends on your ability
to interpret what I have written. Could I
yet become the Picasso of poetry?
Do I dismiss the beauty of Shakespeare's sonnets?
Do I discard the delicate inner-woven rhythms
of Poe? Was Frost on the wrong road in his
'The Road Not Taken'? I would doubt that.

But when I take my pen in hand
To write new poetry,
It still comes out in rhythmic form.
Dear Lord, please set me free.

2000-And oft published essay, drawing much
praise and much criticism


Comments about A Poetic Essay by Joseph Anderson

  • (11/21/2013 5:44:00 PM)


    All the poets of lore would be very proud of all that you write, in any fashion you so choose, for your words are all so wonderful. (Report) Reply

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  • Captain Cur (7/6/2012 5:00:00 PM)


    Rhyming is a strightjacket. Free verse is prozac.
    I use both. Great write.
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  • Ramesh Rai (5/26/2012 6:22:00 AM)


    when I take my pen in hand
    To write new poetry,
    It still comes out in rhythmic form.
    it happens with me too.
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  • Elena Sandu (5/23/2012 5:49:00 PM)


    .I must write
    of sad yesterdays and hope-filled
    tomorrows and tell of my misty dreams
    and future schemes. Great write, I could not stop to wonder: Do one who feels deep urge to write from the inside really care for success or what will become? The rhythmic form to come natural in a flow, wow, some would give anything to have such a formidable task. Loved the read, thank you for share.
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  • (5/17/2012 11:04:00 PM)


    Can't believe you've gotten considerable critism on this beautiful work. Good job Joseph, you've reached your desire.

    Would you please read my piece, titled Ode to the Poet? Thank you.
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  • Juan Olivarez (5/17/2012 12:11:00 PM)


    joe you are an emense talent. I have read your stuff and it all is wonderful. keep doing what you do and weaving the magic that you weave. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/14/2012 8:08:00 AM)


    If rhyming is your forte, then that`s okay Joseph - there are some who believe that prose is not true poetry. Not a personal opinion I might add. Well penned piece, barring rhyme. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (5/13/2012 1:34:00 PM)


    I kow what you mean, my poems insist on rhyming, but you have really shone with this one, so descriptive, a real pleasure to read and not a rhyme in sight, Wonderful. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2012



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