I had been planning to write a sequence of 14 poems each with the title of a pop song.

Moves Like Jagger

you ply the rhymes like Roethke
you weld the metaphors like Heaney
you trip the light like William Blake
you pen the chansons like Thomas Campion
you scribe the sonnets like Shakespeare
you vale the green like Wordsworth

you lark the sky like Shelley
you bold the lover like Keats

you braid the sounds like Swinburne
you psalm the lyres like David
you slouch the Bethlehems like Yeats
you glory the grandeur like Hopkins

you make alcaics like Uncle Wystan
you spy the smalls like Estlin Cummings
you force the fuse like Dylan Thomas
you hallelujah the stones like Mary Oliver

you buzz the flies like Emily Dickinson
you craft the stanzas like Miss Marianne

you begin with the object like Levertov
you ode the common like Pablo Neruda
you dactyl and trochee like Sappho
you peony the garden like Jane Kenyon
you zen the abbey like Thomas Merton
you ring in the new like Alfred Lord Tennyson


you mourn the sparrow like Catullus
you weep the rain like Paul Verlaine
you flower the cloister like George Herbert
you flee dark angels like Lionel Johnson
you let the fish go like Elizabeth Bishop
you sing America like Langston Hughes

you carol the dusk like Countee Cullen
you eat the peach like T. S. Eliot

you verse the chuckles like Ogden Nash
you ghazal the lingo like Shahid Ali
you splash the pond like Basho's frog
you note the glaze of rain like old Doc Williams



Thomas DeFreitas


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Written on 2017-08-20 at 12:41

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Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
Dang! This is an amazing and impressive poem that has me smiling and eager to learn about the people I don't already know of. And thinking of people, the pop song that comes to mind as a response to your topic intro is this:

People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world

Peace to you, kathy

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
Such a pleasing blend of phrasing and insightful associations. More than that, it's homage and respect. More than that it's
your interpretation of qualities you find pleasing to yourself.

So I'm guessing.

I'm bookmarking this so I can read up and see if I can find your associations with the ones which I don't know. "zen the abbey made me chuckle." (My friends was at the Abbey of Gethsemani last month.) They all made me smile. "you begin with the object" intrigues me. I must investigate.