Plea for Clarity (Sonnet-ish)

If we had space together and time,
This coyness, poet, were no crime.
But hidden meaning will stay dark
When clarity won’t leave its mark.
“I’ll make it deep,” you tell yourself,
“Leave understanding on the shelf.”
You may just net some readers thus
But only make me snort and cuss.
What’s worse–these obscure lines may cause
Readers who don’t know our laws
Of rhyme and rhythm to give up
And throw away Minerva’s cup.
So please, my fellow poets, make
Your meaning clear for poetry’s sake!


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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3 Responses to Plea for Clarity (Sonnet-ish)

  1. yeoldefoole says:

    scratchin’ this here baldin’ dome,
    I wuz gonna write a pome.
    I ain’t got a word to say…
    but hell! I’ll write it anyway!

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