Scorned (Poem) (and an introduction to a new genre on my blog)

Today, 16th March 2017, is when I finally sell my soul to the dark side and debut my least favoured style of literature on Paul.E.Bailey’s World. It’s something I’ve been considering for a while to test myself if nothing else.

I’m not a big fan of poetry. I won’t lie when I say I ignore a lot of poems posted on WordPress for a variety of reasons, but the main one is that a lot seem to carry with them more than a trace of pretension. The language used is often so unnatural and it doesn’t bode well with me. That’s not to say I don’t see some really good poetry though.

There’s obviously no pressure to branch out into this literary style from my peers. The pressure comes only from myself and it really is just a trial run. I haven’t written poetry in many years so please go easy on me in your critique.

Anyway, here goes. Enjoy my Paul.E.Bailey’s World poetical debut, Scorned.

I think back to simpler times.
Times when I could grow and flourish.
Uninhibited. Unrestricted. Unbound.
Times of plenty when I was nourished.

Things changed and you committed your crimes.
Atrocious acts that went with impunity.
Against you. Against me. Against all.
So unwise and so unwitty.

Too far you have come and burned your bridges.
There’s no return to days of green.
No back. Just forth. Perpetual.
Too boorish were you to have seen.

Now go ahead and enjoy your riches.
Our plan lies in wait and like fools you ignore.
Preoccupied. Absorbed. Unaware.
I’ll reclaim what’s mine and you’ll be no more.

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51 thoughts on “Scorned (Poem) (and an introduction to a new genre on my blog)

  1. Love this Paul. I give you the thumbs😀 this is a new side of your writing and it brings out the warmer part of you. Please I would love to read more of your poetry…Keep it coming👌

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  2. I will be the first to admit that I am not generally a fan of poetry, be it from a casual blogger on WordPress, or professionally published in an anthology. Which is odd, since in my early teenage years it was my absolute favorite genre of writing. My literary tastes changed fairly drastically as I entered adulthood, and now I can all but stand much of the poetry I ever happen to come across. I generally dislike it for two reasons: 1) the air of pretension you mentioned here, and 2) the fact that most poems I read don’t tell much in the way of a story.

    All of that is a preface to say this: I really enjoyed this, Paul. And I am not just saying that. (If I really disliked it, I probably wouldn’t have commented at all, but that goes back to the whole read then like/comment thing we were talking about the other day.)

    I particularly appreciated the third line of every stanza (is that what they’re called?). I enjoy repetition and alliteration, so these lines were particularly pleasing to me.

    I am curious, how do you feel that your trial went?

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    1. I honestly haven’t ever really liked poetry. In school it bored the bejesus out of me. We did a lot of WWI poetry and it just didn’t work for me. I’ve always been more into the novel style of writing since I started at secondary school. Any high grades I received for projects in English were always something to do with stories and not poetry.
      Are they called stanzas? I don’t know. All I know is I made the last word of the first line rhyme in verses one and two then three and four, the second line rhymed with the fourth and the third line was split into three succinct sentences or words.
      I feel the trial went alright, but I won’t say it felt natural and I don’t think it really reads too natural either personally. That said, I’ve definitely read far, far worse!

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      1. It is good to put your spin on a new genre. It may not be your fave but it extends your writing thinking in new directions 😊 I love being called sumani btw…you’re the only person that does it! 😂

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      2. It makes perfect sense to combine your names methinks 🙂 The whole purpose behind me doing it was to add another dimension to my writing in the hope it improves the stuff I already do. I think being a jack of all trades in a literary sense can only be a good thing.

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    1. I wondered the same thing as well, but now that you point out the connection to the featured image, it reads in a totally different manner. I quite like the perspective of mother earth. One thing I typically dislike about most poetry featured on WP is that, so often, it is about romantic relationships, which quite frankly, I think are overdone. So I appreciate that you featured a much different (and larger scale!) relationship.

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      1. Romantic poems…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! There again, I think in that regard poets are sort of stuck in the same cycle singer-songwriters are. Let’s face it; most all songs have something to do with love. I think the same can be said of poets.

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    1. I’m sure the image gave away the perspective from which I wrote the poem and the use of “us” in the final verse should have conveyed that I was talking about earth’s celestial cohorts. In many ways I believe that this is exactly how the earth feels about us humans. I’m glad you liked it 🙂 I’m a long way off being as talented as you are in this art though.

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