Where Have All The Pretty Poems Gone by Ann Christine Tabaka


When did poems stop rhyming
Now poems are a long laundry list of words
Some totally unrelated
Bouncing all over the page
Hard to follow
Harder to understand
Some ugly
Using unspeakable words
They make you question reality
Vague punctuated thoughts
Thrown against a wall
Spattered like paint
Dripping down in some abstract form
No more pastoral images
Only cold hard ideas
Laid out before us
Like a raw slab of meat
On a cold table
A sacrificial altar
Gone are the lyrical meters of a bygone era
Gone are all the pretty little poems

Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware. She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

4 Replies to “Where Have All The Pretty Poems Gone by Ann Christine Tabaka”

  1. Rhyming is part of poems that have a certain form … and rhyming enhances the prospects of the words becoming lyrics in something more musical … for me rhyming takes me back to something to which I do not want to return … but that’s me … just saying … cheers! DaP

    • I love to do both DaP. I rhyme when the spirit moves me, and I free verse when that is the best way to get my message across. Both have their place in the world. Thank you for your comment.

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