Selious, or: Sirry

My 1st Virelai Ancien

I know, I know! Rhyme is passΓ©!
A game that little children play...
But I feel young!
Old school, they say, but who is 'they'?
Besides, I never quite could stay
my playful tongue.
So, I suppose you'll have your say -
Read to the end, then: yay or nay -
Best left unsung?
Don't worry about my dismay,
For I know well, far and away -
I'm not top rung!

Honestly, I'm not too high-strung...
Should I just stuff it with a bung?
Please tell me so.
I'm not sure when opinion swung,
But many rhymers were left stung -
Among them: Poe!
Their very hearts - indeed, their lungs
of glorious rhymes had been wrung...
Oh, such a blow!
Still, some to the old ways have clung.
These days, I find myself among
those that rhymes sew.

Still, can't say I feel too much woe,
as I write for myself, and so
to hell with trends.
Besides which, my poetic flow
tends to trickle out rather slow
(rhyme suits my ends).
It's true I once cared - long ago.
I wrote for others - just for show,
scared to offend.
Thus I was willing to forgo
those forms that set my thoughts aglow...
No more, my friends!

See, while I'd like to make amends,
I'm really not the sort who tends
to just... obey.
And, sometimes, somebody commends
me, saying that my rhyme transcends
the everyday.
I guess it really just depends
on how well those that fads defend
can truth convey.
This rhyme, though clumsy, still extends
to all who would cute quirks suspend
or muse betray.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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36 thoughts on “Selious, or: Sirry”

          1. Ohh ok… well, while writing, I chose it according to the words I used, I looked at my first stanza and it had 5-6-4-5, I altered it to 5-6-5-5 to squeeze in the words I wanted to use, and the repetitions were a great help in achieving it! So yeah, that’s the story πŸ˜‰

  1. You can simply go on and on
    Without having to prove to anyone
    That you have this unassailable gift
    (rhyme suits my ends)
    To make your ends meet
    In life and master stroke poetry.


  2. This form boggles my mind – I went to the link and thought “No way!” Further searching and it made more sense. Still your poem is fun! The last lines “This rhyme, though clumsy, still extends/to all who would cute quirks suspend/
    or muse betray.” was a stroke of genius…

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