Baked, or: Wry humor

Free verse, free verse, getcher free verse!
Tomorrow it'll cost ye! Straight 
outta the oven! Yes, Ma'am! 'ere ye go, Ma'am! 
Oh, yes, Sir! We've been in the guild fer fi... 
no... make it six generations in consonance 
with our family's standards...
Th-the vow, Sir? O-of course, Sir, b-by 'eart, Sir!
I do solemnly vow, ill or 'ealthy, to uphold
the standards of the Bakers' Guild, to 
purchase only the best... the b... S-
Sorry? What's that, Sir?
The boy? Oh, 'e's 
my ward, Sir; 'e was sent 'enced
by the royal baker, Sir... jus' 
fer stealin' a fresh verse, Sir, but 'e's 
a good boy, a-a quiet 
boy... now, n- never ye mind
that, Sir! A fine boy, 
I tell ye! J-just made a m-mistake,
is all! And I still remember the first thing 'e
said to me, v-ver-verbatim, Sir! I'd jus' 
taken some fresh verses outta th... wh-what, Sir? 
Oh, rye - I'm 
sure of it, Sir...
a-anyway, this waif, I see 'im eyeing the rye - 
I'm thinking 'e's gonna grab 
one and run, but instead 
'e says t'me, wouldn' ye give me a warm verse, Mister,
if I writes ye a poem, Mister? I writes good, Mister!
And then 'e jus' collapses right there, an' 
he's lyin' flat on the ground, an' I near... I... 
near... It was horrid, Sir! Din't know what to do!
But then, real slowly like, the boy pulls 'imself up, 
an' 'e stands a-an', oh,
oh heck, 'e didn't owe me anything - 
it was just a free verse like this one

A note

I wrote this almost one year ago as an experiment with Free Verse…

Nothing new, but I’m still struggling to figure out what poetry is… even though I do write a lot of it, supposedly…


d’Verse

‘Open Link Night’ #300

For OLN 300, I’d like to share the above free verse experiment of mine… I still find myself coming back to this every so often with the very same questions…

45 thoughts on “Baked, or: Wry humor”

  1. There’s definitely a touch of Dickens about this one, David! It also reminded me of the musical, Sweeney Todd. Have you seen the film? There are some great lines in the songs, e.g.:

    ‘The trouble with Poet
    is how do you know it’s
    deceased?’ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. โค Thanks so much, Scott! โค

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’, which is my first name!

      The word ‘ben’ in Hebrew just means ‘son of’ in Hebrew, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’ – I created this blog in his memory…

      I know my pen name is confusing – I’m sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sincerely,
      David

    2. Hi Mac how’s yer goin,same difference see, mac son of clan of,except the Nevis is Jewish. Have fun,nice to read you,this Australian is full of the devil this ๐ŸŒ„

  2. Poetry can be silly shallow sing-songing, rhyming with boy and crow. it can be unfathomable gobblygook, or disjointed unrelated ramblings. Your free verse was pure fun, Poetics can be tennis with the net down.

  3. What is poetry?? This is akin to asking “what is happiness?” Poetry is one soul speaking to the universe and hoping that the stars hear. Poetry is emotion woven in words. Poetry is words wrapped around dreams. Poetry is the vulgar made presentable and the presentable made profane. Poetry is an individual definition influenced by experience, observation and temperament. Or it is just random words in hopes that another can make sense of them.

    1. โค Muri โค

      Poetry is one soul speaking to the universe and hoping that the stars hear. Poetry is emotion woven in words. Poetry is words wrapped around dreams. Poetry is the vulgar made presentable and the presentable made profane. Poetry is an individual definition influenced by experience, observation and temperament. Or it is just random words in hopes that another can make sense of them.

      This may be the best answer I’ve ever read to the question!

      You’re the best ๐Ÿ™‚

      -David

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