Jonathan ROBIN

Freshman - 581 Points (22 September / London)

Heroic Flow - Introduction To An Anthology - Poem by Jonathan ROBIN

Intelligence with instinct should unite,
to speed-link poet to true fancy’s flight.
Nor compromise, nor seek presumptious reign,
reject this rede, - all industry is vain.
Draw joy if joy, if sad, etch inner pain,
create an atmosphere whose inky skein
Outlaw all superficial sketches trite.
uncertainty can't humour or delight.
winds tight round reader, s[h]ifting wrong from right,
Outline that he or she completes as write
Ideas conveys, suggests in language plain
New insights where there's no need to explain.
Add to love's labour harmony, ensures
strong verse is wealth that pens itself, endures

This healthy symbiosis is sustained
by constant edit, meditation gained,
no efforts should be spared, by day, by night -
revise, resize, help reader see the light
Improve, not prove, stand out as motto pure
harsh words soon wane, bring pain, more kill than cure.
Draft and redraft, with care craft, brain finds flight,
for inner evolution won't indict
but offers hints, instructs and entertains,
catalysis creative for the brains.

Write needs no trick, through thin and thick pursue
true track with due coherency into
conclusion which self-evident appears
to reader, stands the test of critics' jeers.
Unleashed imagination, hidden lain,
must share, prepare layer after layer, to train
for further thoughts the future's door shall show
as life progresses either fast or slow.
Latent ideas from hibernation rise
to greet tomorrow, yet retains surprise
childlike but never childish, never yield
to vested interests, keeping truth as shield.
Away from ego, vent, self-righteous rant,
word flow should all due distaste for cant,
no censure pass, from censor soul's refrain,
free from all dark manipulation's bane.

It goes against the grain to plead a cause
fee'd by greed's need, for bias opens sores,
pours oil on trouble waters out of spite,
strong write wrong, rights, discerns, spurns bark and bite,
while true to finer feelings verse reveals
inner facettes naught underhand conceals.
Hope, open source, on course to sweep words coarse
seeks scope to shape and share where no remorse
speaks with the tongues of serpents, venom dire,
but heart through art life's sorry scheme entire
should chart from start to finish and complete
free overview where absent lies deceit.
Through form may free verse learn to grow true, straight,
earned accolades? posterity must wait
on time for rhyme to chime in inner ears
mesh fresh remains, stain-free, for many years.

Intelligence with instinct should unite,
Nor compromise nor seek presumptious reign,
To speed-link poet to true fancy’s flight.
Reject this rede - all industry is vain.
Outlaw trite superficial sketches quite,
Draw joy if joy, if sad, etch inner pain.
Uncertainty can't humour or delight.
Create an atmosphere whose inky skein
Tight winds round reader. S[h]ifting wrong from right,
Ideas, ideals, convey in language plain.
Outline blueprint brief empowers write
New perspectives shows, no need to explain.
TO this love's labour, harmony ensure,
SONNET self frames, tames word worlds, flames endure.

If healthy symbiosis we sustain,
No effort should be spared, by day, by night,
Try to improve, not prove, harsh words soon wane.
Revise, resize, help reader see the light
Offer hints, instruct and entertain,
Draft and redraft, with care craft, brain finds flight,
Unleashed imagination, hidden lain,
Can rise from hibernation, wise insight
Thus shares, prepares layer after layer, helps train
Inner evolution. Do not indict
Or censure pass, or censor soul's refrain,
Nor offhand others influence outright.
THROUGH form may free verse learn to grow true, show
FLOW whose rich rhyming interplay may glow.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

(10 July 1979 revised 4 September 1989 significantly expanded as heroic couplets 18 January 2010)

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 6, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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