I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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5 July 2015

Versification Unsublime

Pain defeats poetry;
I resort to mere verse.
My back in spasm
demands full attention.

Doggerel or worse
is my best. The orgasm
of lyrical beauty eludes me,
as does invention.

Yet, may this exercise in rhyme
(called bref doublé)
rate some mention

if only as a weird phantasm
in the annals of poetic divers-

A 55-word piece for 'imaginary garden with real toads'. Also my Day One offering in the facebook poetry chain for which I was just nominated. And, finally, linking to Gillena's 'Sunday Lime'.


  1. You did very well for someone who could not.

    Thanks for visiting. I thought in mine there was but one line that I would keep.

    Have a great evening.

  2. Excellent write :D

    Lots of love,

  3. I like your tem, 'near verse.' I will use it, thank you.

    Today I wrote, called it poetry
    But only "near verse" my critics cried.

  4. I think you meet the challenge well .. we try as we can as well as we can.

  5. I am sorry you are feeling poorly, Rosemary. Your first line is most succinct and very true, though pain may provide a way to art after all.

  6. Out of your pain you wrote relatable-ly. I am sorry for your back problems. Hope you feel better soon.

  7. It is, indeed, so difficult to write beautifully when you're in pain. I hope yours diminishes very soon. BTW, your poem expressed your situation very well despite the pain!

  8. Love your title, but I"m sorry you're in pain. That affects every aspect of life. I hope yours passes soon.

  9. You have a wonderful sense of humor even in your pain--feel better! Much enjoyed, but not at the expense of your suffering! k.

  10. So sorry your back is spasming - your poem is stellar even so! Hope you feel well soon.

  11. Yes, I so appreciate your sense of humor too, Rosemary. Hope the pain clears. I rather like this poem despite the pain beneath it. And especially your last word cut across two lines, that seems genius.

    1. Ha ha, that was because only the first syllable was the rhyme — and yes, I was being a bit humorous. :)

  12. Oh, I feel for you! Hope you get some relief soon.

  13. You did so well with this form!

  14. witty and wise. and I too suffer from back pain ~

  15. You had me at the word "mere". One of my favorite words.

  16. "pain defeats poetry" I so understand that. I escape into words when the pain steals my day.

  17. Wow. That was something. Liked it :)