Thursday, April 18, 2013

Susie asks us for encouragement

Susie has challenged us to write something encouraging for the eighteenth day of the poem-a-day challenge at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.

Scratch any normal citizen in the civilized world and you'll find one of two things: that person believes, deep down, he or she can write a book; or that person believes he or she is secretly overflowing with unwritten poetry.


To all poets unrecognized because they can't write haven't been taught

come on, baby, you can do it
you can set the world on fire
you can be a perfect poet
now a rhyming coach is hired
a rhyming coach
a spelling coach
a punctuation coach, as well,
they'll help you to find them pomes that lurk in every skull.
a confidence coach
a lifeskills coach
a basketball coach
and a yogi
(got a real good deal on an elderly basketball coach)
a swimming coach
a diving coach
a warm-up coach
and a pool
on your way to becoming a poet, you’ll have every tool.

he who hesitates is lost
she who hesitates is, too,
take up our quarrel with the foe
to you from failing hands we throw
the computer and the mouse
the keys to car and house
the debit card and PIN
and all the dough that’s in
your education fund
come on, baby, you can do it,
make your mom and daddy proud!
Kay L. Davies, April 18, 2013


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
he he he - yes indeed all coaching necessary. After all nothing actually worth doing in life ever came with a manual! Thus is defined the role of the Guru. &*>

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Humorously encouraging, Kay! If a pent up writer doesn’t put pen to paper reading your prose they will at least have gained a smile. :)

Margaret said...

"real good deal on an elderly basketball coach"

ha ha. Did anyone mention talent? All the coaching in the world can't make up for that. But I think that is the tongue in cheek here in the poem. That "something" that isn't mentioned.

Very humorous!

Grandmother said...

This made me smile and that seems like such a good thing right now.

Marian said...

hah! love this. make your mama proud. c'mon! man, our society's overflowing with coaches of every stripe. you'd think we'd be more evolved as the result.

Emma Major said...

brilliantly wonderful, brought a great big smile

hedgewitch said...

Well, if you can buy it, that's great, but frankly, I doubt it. Love the attitude here.

Susie Clevenger said...

Coaches for everything...all the prodding in the world will do nothing if you don't have the talent...and you my dear friend have writing talent. Are you for hire as a coach? :)Thanks for participating!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

This is much fun.

My friend is
It really helps!
You get your brain in a daze.
I have a terrific book I bought when I was teaching Creative Writing to my Pen Men in Beaver Creek penitentiary!

Peggy said...

Yes indeed Kay. Well said!!

Ellecee said...

Wonderful,,,I smiled as I read this,,,having all of these tools available who could fail,,,,there is that little talent issue that was mentioned a few times :-) A talent you are definitely blessed with,,,

Susan said...

What a funny little satire! We can and we can't, hiring all or none. It may be that all a would-be poet needs is a reader. said...

Kay, this reminds me of jazz at colleges, especially the wave of Japanese wizards in the 80s. They played technically flawless runs; they were pitch-perfect... but they had no soul.

Poetry cannot be taught. It can be taught about, but the essential voice within each person, I am convinced, must be found through struggle and heartache, not a laptop.

This amused me no end!! THanks, Amy