I've written poems ever since I was a child. I loved the metre and rhyme of the Mother Goose ditties my mother taught me, almost in my cradle.
Several years ago in the early 90's, I challenged myself to write a poem every day, and I did so, for the most part, for two or three years. Then it got to be a drag and I stopped. About three years ago I decided to try it again, and was once again able to come up with some sort of rhyme every day. There was a group of trustworthy Internet friends who enjoyed my writing, and I'd e-mail them my daily poem.
Someone was always saying, "You should do a book of poems." That, of course, is easier said than done... unless you self-publish. So, that's what I did. I had 500 books of my poem book done, and priced them high enough so that if I sold 1/3 of them, my cost was recovered. I sold about half of them, so they paid their way, and I have no regrets about my book.
At present, I'm not doing a daily poem; it was turning into work once more, so I'm on haitus. But now that I'm sidelined from my job, I'm thinking this would be a good time to start again. All I need is a tiny bit of inspiration: and that could come at any time.
POEMS THAT RHYME
Donna Wood October 21, 2002
“I would as soon play tennis without a net as write free verse.” Robert Frost
It seems the people who make all the rules
(Scholars, and teachers from upper-class schools)
All endorse free verse that’s lofty and grand:
They publish “poems” I can’t understand.
Granted, I’m low-class. But it seems to me
If it doesn’t rhyme, then it’s not poetry!
I cut my teeth on old-time Mother Goose,
And raised both my children to love DoctorSeuss.
I love the rhyming, the rhythm and all…
The beat and the cadence, the rise and the fall.
Spare me your “free verse”. I only have time
For easy-to-understand poems that rhyme.