Day 17: What is the one thing you wish you were great at?

February 25, 2014

Part of the 30 day challenge series

Poetry!  Good poetry requires both artistry and economy of words.  It also requires discipline.  It shouldn’t sound like the poet is “trying too hard.”  A skilled poet doesn’t distract you with the rhyme and meter or specific poetry form.  The form should just push you along through the poem like an invisible current.

But I don’t got those skills.  Or maybe even the discipline for it.

Good poetry is like a beautiful oil painting.  Except instead of paint, you have language.

Ian, I hope you enjoy poems later in life — if not writing them at least reading them.  Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton kind of reads like poetry, doesn’t it?  She’s got rhythm.  Or at least that’s what I gather when I see you shaking your tail when we read her books to you.  Especially Barnyard Dance. ;]

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