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Sunday, 20 August 2017

GUEST POEM BY BOB SCHECHTER

A couple of years ago I devised a new poetic form, called 'The Big Boss'. It is very simple, and so far I have written and published a number of poems using this specification. Here are the rules for writing a Big Boss poem:
  • 4 stanzas, 7 lines in each stanza
  • 4 syllables in the first six lines of each stanza, and 6 syllables in the final line
  • rhyme scheme is ABCBDBE, FGHGIGE, JKLKMKE, NOPOQOE
I am delighted to announce that renowned American poet Bob Schechter recently got in touch with me to say that, following my lead, he has written a Big Boss poem. I am therefore delighted to share his wonderful poem on my blog (and please do check out Bobs' website - www.bobschechter.com):

INSIDE

The sun may shine,
the breeze may blow,
the birds may sing,
the trees may grow,
the sky is blue
for all I know.
Who cares? I stay inside.

I have my toys,
I have my phone,
I'm here within
my bedroom zone.
Though others hate
to be alone,
who cares? I stay inside.

Outside the door
my puppy calls:
Why waste the day
inside of walls?
He wants to play
with sticks and balls.
Who cares? I stay inside.

But then I get
a text from you!
I'm in the park!
Can you come, too?
I'd planned to stay
inside, it's true.
Who cares? I race outside!

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