A simple man

I cannot understand

what you’re trying to say.

I wish you’d rid your poems

of fluff, obscure allusions

and weird alliterative sequences

and write in simple

sentences. Better yet, I wish

you’d give up poetry altogether

and start writing prose.

I don’t get why

you must say, the son of perdition

spitefully looks down at us,

chastising us with

his furious wrath

when a simple, the sun

shines brightly

will do. What do you aim

to achieve with

superfluous expressions

and bizarre similes,

some of which,

I struggle to understand?

The sinister soothsayer serves his

insipid liquid in a container,

you say,

and I wonder if you’re referring

to some evil doctor who

takes sick pleasure in torturing

his patients with a cure

which doesn’t work,

or if you’re hinting at the

shady, bearded chaiwala

outside selling poor quality tea.

I’ll end by saying, poetry is the

language of dreams; visions

the stars have that they transmit

to mortals who struggle to

contain and express them,

and I want no part of

imaginative madness or

manic crescendos

or creative juices

addling the mind until one

is jumping, talking in tongues

like a Pentecostal pastor,

or monstrous segues from

radical thought-counter thought

to religious obsession resulting in

feverish Biblical symbolism.

I’ll stick to tea and biscuits,

and reading the newspaper,

thank you.

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8 responses to “A simple man”

  1. “Shall I compare thee to a post-Spring Equinox twelve hours when the son of perdition spitefully looks down at us, chastising us with his furious wrath?” There now! That’s written in prose… !

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    1. Lol! That’s quite fluent prose. Too fluent to be taken seriously 😅

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  2. This eloquent portrayal of a sayer of sooth does portend the coming of phantasms in the hour of the witch… lol, I can’t do it. You do make this writing style sound fancy, even though you don’t like it.

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    1. Lol! It is fancy, but too fancy to be taken seriously. I don’t mind some amount of verbosity tbh. But too much makes the whole thing a joke.

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  3. Haha 👏👏👏👏👏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you 😊 I’m glad it made you laugh!


  4. It’s amusing but I like it.

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Ordinary Person is a guy who likes to write. He writes fiction, essays, poems and other stuff.


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