Sidi Mahtrow

Sidi Mahtrow Poems

Reiterative poetry it seems proper to say
Has seen little sunlight in present day.
Yet it represents in all regard,
The beginning as English language broached forward.

So said the smart talk back in 1916.
For an out-of-work lawyer pickings were lean.

A chkn na be a byrd
Acord'n folk lvn in flori da
Kep'n and own'n be difernt
If be a tigr or sknk kept

'So round, so firm
So fully packed,
So free and easy....'
(Well maybe not.)

Rare is the word
That is used to describe
But you decide

Once came into view
A man of tallents, not a few
For he wrote as others might
That human experiece is a given right

Most gifts come wrapped or maybe
Too awkward to be,
Are left standing in the corner or lying unwrapped under the tree
But this special gift was different, to be delivered on bended knee.

Birds do it,
Bees do it,
Even man has to try.
But can cockroaches really fly?

Was that a breath of cold air
I felt as I drove about in my car,
Or was it just the end of summer heat
That soon would be in full retreat?

Sometimes one writes
For their own pleasures,
Or delights
In other measures.

(from the book, by the Candelabra's Glare by Baum)

(Writ dejectedly at early dawn.)

My country, tis of thee,
Sweet land of felony,
Of thee I sing, -
Land where my fathers fried

Once you were the Queen of the fairways
Striding along ahead of the pack
Club in hand, eye on the ball
As you with deft stroke played the game.

'The old shoebox'

A touching reminder of when
Life had greater meaning then

Style has its rules, but notions change the mood.

We speak or write in prose or poetry,
Are eloquent or vulgar as we mean:

Easy to criticize
Till you realize
That those who are so smart
Have no answers for a start!

A Word about Vermillion*

The Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader
Often presents our fair city

words in language to be heard
are like feathers on a bird
they cover the carcass
prettying it up more or less

Once was a Moore.
Some eleven score
Has passed
Since we saw the last

As I carefully opened the dirty, broken book
Laid aside by one who needless took
It's place on the shelf
And put in another pelf

The Best Poem Of Sidi Mahtrow

reiterative Poetry

Reiterative poetry it seems proper to say
Has seen little sunlight in present day.
Yet it represents in all regard,
The beginning as English language broached forward.

Base on Anglo Saxon and Anglo Norman tongues
Reiterative poetry sloughed reluctantly along
Combining words in ways most proper
And in some case, crudely brought to halt, a stopper.

Meanings lost or lesser known,
Words and spellings made to fit the event reported on.
Such it is that Piers Plowman was written
By William Langland and others(?) too, in 1462.

Reiterative simply means repeat sounds; words or their beginnings
To occur at least twice in each line's soundings.
Thought to be borne on the method of basic speech
Slow and deliberate as the speaker sought to teach.

Imagine if you will the illusion the teller
Wished to instill in the entranced listener,
Pausing for effect on each word of the reiterative pair,
For emphasis that would be embedded there.

The Vision that Will viewed from his slumbers,
Was perhaps a dream of dreary numbers.
Cascading before his closed eyes,
Were temptations in their disguises.

Along the way the visions, as you will
Enticed the reader to revel,
In tales of harlots and their heady stews
Where pleasure was sought (and found) in their due.

The Church of Rome was ragged about in play,
With fat priest in habits placed on display
Their custom of taking what they may
From the serfs and sundry workers of the day.

Then there is the use of ‘fables' to instruct,
As example, 'Belling the Cat' is one of such.
The moral of the story is two fold and more,
As the men are told they cannot be as independent mice of lore.
But should bear allegiance to the King (the cat)
Who protects, administers and all that,
Taking only 'a little' from each one
So that they can live their life in freedom.
As example, seen in France, the death of the cat
Only brings on horrors (and yet another cat) .

Langland never was quite pleased with his poem
And rewrote it several times and some.
Sometimes using reiterative style
To make his point, but when the method failed
Used free verse to get the story told
That's the way it was in days of old.

So it is related with this Reiterative Poem
Hoping to provide humble examples to some,
Who might wish to try their hand
Writing poetry, as the method properly demands.

Sidi Mahtrow Comments

Abhay Vignesh L 08 March 2011

Most of your poems are great...Especially reiterative poetry...Keep up the good work...

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Stephen Feltham 13 July 2009

Sidi It was good to read your poem about Thomas Chatterton, despite his amazing talent he is not known by many people. I would be interested to know how he came to your attention and what prompted you to write this poem? regards SCF

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Cynthia Buhain-baello 07 July 2009

I enjoyed readng your poems and I admire your skill and mastery of the art of poetry, having your own unique style. You write clearly and make your point without the prolixity of other poets, that so often leaves the reader lost in a literary maze. You have class, depth, profound content in your poetry, and your writing is amazingly creative.

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Michael Tonkin 09 March 2005

I take trouble with all of my poetry, and if you read 'Buzzard' again properly you will see that I have not confused the buzzard with some other bird. The poem is accurate in every respect and I trust you will be a little more careful when you try to be an expert. The buzzard does kill prey in the manner described in the poem, and yes I know he is a lazy bird, but he is not that lazy.

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