A blogger inquired of me as to why I always try to write in rhyme and repetition instead of simple narration or free verse and it sort of left me perplexed as the blogger made it sound like it was a big deal. The blogger was respectful but obviously didn’t have much time for my tomfoolery….but I thanked him for dropping by.
President Abraham Lincoln said it best when he uttered, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
So I’m sorry that I can’t entertain some of you all the time, all of you some of the time or all of you, all of the time…..but….I’m not trying to ‘fool’ anybody at anytime……haha.
So why do I use repetition in poetry? I suppose my education has something to do with it and the era in which I was formally educated. When first introduced to poetry in school, and usually poems of the recognized ‘great’ poets, it must have been mostly poems in rhyme. Maybe that’s because.
Maybe I was born a ‘rhythm’ person. Or put another way, maybe my ‘cosmic’ behavior patterns were established at the time I entered into this dimension.
No matter. I sense rhythm…I’m not saying I’m good at it, but I sense it. Two things determine rhythm……time and beat. Life is about rhythm, to me. My moods and actions and feelings are ‘rhythms’ in my life. I guess my life is ‘beats’ over ‘time.’
When we are most comfortable and relaxed, the rhythm of our life is probably in sync. If we work jobs we don’t like, and often for many years, our rhythm is off….we’re not happy, we feel trapped, we’re doing something we would rather not be doing and yet we have to do it…… the rhythm is wrong for us.
Without getting any deeper into this ‘whirlpool’ of my thinking….suffice to say, managing our time here on earth is the problem to be solved for all of us…..it’s a rhythm that’s hard to keep steady, given the different ‘beats’ in our lives that we have little control of.
So….I use rhyme and repetition because it is challenging, it sounds good to my mind, it is rhythmic instead of chaotic and pleasant to ‘my’ ears. I feel good and comfortable with that form.
In ending, I like some of my poetry all of the time, all of my poetry some of the time but I’ll never like all of my poetry all of the time……and I don’t expect anyone else to like it all of the time, either. haha
My motto is: Life in rhyme, rhyme in life.
My blessings to all.