Peer pressure, or: I resist

A shadorma

peer pressure
does not draw me as
a subject
for verse; but
my poet community's
writing about it

I resist
the great temptation
to compose
in free verse
like fellow bards just to prove
how unique I am


  • six-line stanzas (or sestets);
  • each stanza has a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5, for a total of 26 syllables;
  • may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas.

d’Verse poetics prompt: When it comes to Peer Pressure

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to write poems on the theme of ‘Peer Pressure’.

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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26 thoughts on “Peer pressure, or: I resist”

  1. Ha! I love your take on this while skewering free verse! It is similar to pottery โ€“ the student who makes a sloppy pot is considered unskilled but a potter who can make a perfect pot and then smashes one side is seen as a great artistโ€ฆAnd I just wrote a free verse for the W3! Perhaps I should revise itโ€ฆ

  2. ๐Ÿ™‚ ouch
    Well done
    Free verse is a form and a great apprenticeship for future novels
    But yes, the mastery is knowing and operating with great abandonment within the boundaries of all.
    That is the greatest challenge and you do it with much aplomb.

  3. I resist
    the great temptation
    Peer pressure does invoke the feelings of wanting to be free and perhaps even being defensive. Unique reaction of individuality. Wonderful write with the tinge of humour thrown in, David!

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