When I Write A Poem – Rabid to Write

As we look forward to 2012, I’d like to share a poem which got left on the “cutting room floor” from A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes, 2011.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

I’d also like to thank the “Followers” of my blog.

Happy New Year 2012!!!

When I Right A Poem
   (Rabid to Right)

When I right a poem,
It’s really fun you see.
I’d like to show you,
How it goes for me.

First,  there’s the inspiration,
My mind – it can be soooo dead.
To write just at the very time,
When something comes into my head.

Then the writing itself,
Usually doesn’t take to loooong.
Now for the editing –
Spelling first – allright, as I go along.

“How about this verse instead?
I could say this here.
Why don’t I put that in?
I could say this there.”

“Even I don’t know what I mean by this.
But will the reader know?
Why do I try word plays,
When know one really knows?”

“That line’s convoluted,
Is up all twisted.
Those words don’t really rhyme.
Why don’t I use ‘rested?’ ’’

And then I get a call,
I’ll read it to my rep –
The self-publishing one,
She’ll understand it yet.

I offer to read it on the phone,
She says OK (and she’ll ponder).
I read it in my best voice,
Loudly, because she’s far yonder.

She says how wonderful it is –
And then she starts to cry,
It touched her heart so much,
The best, she says, with a sigh.

She’d now like to publish,
For a limited time.
A deal – a sale – but wait –
All my poems for only $999.00.

I was honored to be honored!
So thrilled was I – I gasp!
But this won’t happen,
Because not enough writ, alas.

So I’ll still continue to
To verse right,
Because I love it so,
Even righting way into the night.

This for my own enjoyment,
And if I had my druthers,
To continue to right for my family
And also for many others.

When I right a poem,
It’s really fun you see.
I’ve now shown you,
How it goes for me.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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