Into the clouds he stared for years,
his childhood drifting in the sky.
He yearned for what was often feared,
to tell the Earth goodbye.
To travel and see the planets and stars,
exploring the universe far and wide.
That night he slept, he had turned 16,
and his dreams took him oh so far.
To a place he had only ever imagined,
now he was here.
On a brand new planet, the bluest in color.
It shown throughout space like no other.
He dreamed of wonderful things- new species, new skies, and everything in between.
If you were enjoying reading that, my apologies but it’s over.
You see, I started writing that for today’s post and I realized I could just not get it to rhyme the way I wanted to. I debated the old rule in my head that poetry has no rules. But it really pissed me off when the rhyming was all messed up.
Rather than finishing the poem I started, I decided to make the point that poetry does in fact have rules. One that I think should be a universal law of poetry is it either has to be a “rhyming poem” or a “doesn’t rhyme at all poem.” Because when you try to only rhyme in some parts and not all throughout the entire poem- the quality of the poem goes down tremendously. Like at that point it starts to piss off whoever is reading it because it rhymes sometimes and doesn’t rhyme other times, and it confuses the reader. And when it’s real bad it’s like, “is this even supposed to be a poem or a story or what?” Yeah poems can tell stories, but the way their rhyming is structured shouldn’t define whether or not it’s a story. That’s defined by the author’s style of writing and what they are trying to accomplish by writing it.
Example: They could have written the poem to tell a tale or they may write one that makes people feel emotional but doesn’t have any real plot to it.
This realization has actually made me appreciate poetry a lot more- because I sort of feel as if even though poetry has a huge following around the world, it still seems to be one of the most under-appreciated arts of writing.
And I hope that this article has made you appreciate poetry a lot more. Because that way when I release a poetry book here in the near future, you’ll know it’s worth buying 🙂 See what I did there?