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Evil Tinker Toys (by: eddy styx)

Tinker and twiddle
in this workshop of mine,
always examining
the toys witch I find.

Fixing the broken
mini pianos and doll,
the sailboats, kites
and balls where they fall.

There are other
things that I find,
when I go out walking
after I've dined.

souls where I find them
all tattered and torn,
the promising faithless
battle-scared and forlorn.

Drowning in the gutter,
down on ragged knees
making promises sweet,
all ready to please.

Ripe with excuses
all of them lame,
professing to come clean
in this ancient game.

Men, mostly women
redemption, not wanting,
pleading to be spared
from the memories haunting.

I see their true selves,
horrendous deeds done.
In the lie of loving,
bullets fired for fun.

Back at my workshop
I'll take them apart...
Like wet tinker toys,
kidney liver and heart!

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The below is a computer-generated response from Neo, Neopoet's computer artificial intelligence:

The poem, "Evil Tinker Toys," demonstrates effective use of metaphor and vivid imagery. However, there are areas where it could be improved.

The poem starts with a simple, almost playful tone, which contrasts effectively with the darker themes introduced later. This contrast could be enhanced by making the initial imagery even more innocent and childlike.

The transition from the toy workshop to finding souls could be made clearer. Currently, it's somewhat abrupt and could be confusing for readers. A smoother transition could be achieved by introducing the concept of the speaker finding and fixing things earlier in the poem.

The rhyme scheme is mostly consistent, which helps to create a rhythmic flow. However, there are places where the scheme is broken, which disrupts this flow. For example, the lines "Men, mostly women / not redemption wanting," do not rhyme with the surrounding lines. Adjusting these lines to fit the rhyme scheme could improve the poem's rhythm.

The poem's ending is powerful, but the phrase "like wet tinker toys" is somewhat unclear. If the intention is to suggest that the souls are as easy to manipulate as children's toys, this could be made clearer. Alternatively, if the intention is to create a disturbing image, more specific and visceral language could be used.

Overall, the poem has a strong concept and uses effective techniques, but could benefit from clearer transitions, a more consistent rhyme scheme, and more specific language in places.

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Hello, Eddy,
One of your best! Almost has an ironic happy-go-lucky rhythm to it which makes it all the more eerie. I wonder about the word "miniature" - throws the rhythm off a bit in that line. Maybe mini, tiny? Also, it may sound smoother to state "redemption, not wanting" instead of "not redemption wanting" - if that doesn't change your intent. I see that you are coming back to edit with punctuation. I'll be back to read this mesmerizing, sinister piece!
Thank you!
L
(dinned s/b dined, I believe...)

I like your suggestions and I will get to them soon... sneezing my head off...

*ever, eddy

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Hope you feel better!
L

I like your revision!
L

I get the best suggestions from the ladies! I am glad you like it,

*ever, eddy

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Thank you!

*ever, eddy & Cat

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Hey Cat/Eddy, I did enjoy this. there's a real sing song feel to it which leads the reader nicley on towards the bitter end almost like a dark comedy sketch. it sort of reminded me a little of Monty Python?
I'll read it again when you've punctuated it, but so far a really impressive piece. Ruby :) xxx

Give and grow - let's raise our verses together. I'm happy to comment on your work and appreciate a comment on mine.

punctuation done. it is good to hear/read from you!

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Your punctuation has improved your poem with great effect, :)

This is only minor but I found this line: the toys I find - I think it needs another syllable to make the meter effective? Perhaps the toys which I find?
My favourite verse is the last one:

Back at my workshop
I'll take them apart...
Like wet tinker toys,
kidney liver and heart!

This is so dark, fits with my twisted heart & I loved it. Great job, Ruby :) xx

Give and grow - let's raise our verses together. I'm happy to comment on your work and appreciate a comment on mine.

Thank you for your patience with me...I know I need to work on punctuating, it is foreign to me. I speak little. I suppose talking more would help. thank you for telling me what you liked and also for what grated on you. I appreciated that. I admire your poetry and advice!

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Hi Cat, you don't need my patience, I think being able to give and take advice is a talent many of us have but few of us recognise or use for fear of rejection, rebuttal or worrying about giving feedback?
I enjoy helping others because when I do, I am learning and as humans we have a terrible thirst for knowledge.
When I read your poem, that was a minor point in my head as the meter was a little off, that's all.
I've witnessed you helping others with their punctuation. Perhaps like me and many others, you doubt yourself? You shouldn't. Your poem was excellent & like I said I really, really enjoyed it.
The sing song style mixed with the sinister subject was reallly effective. Ruby :) xx

Give and grow - let's raise our verses together. I'm happy to comment on your work and appreciate a comment on mine.

Thank you for your excellent critique and suggestions. If you find anything more I need to tend to, just call them out. I am so pleased to have given you a good read! Cat gives suggestions to other poets. she goes back to see if any or her ideas have been acted upon. If not ( a few times) then she just gives up and moves along.

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Thanks Cat. It was my pleasure. How could I read your masterpiece and not comment? Thank you as always for your kind words and responding to my comments. I know I am at times a PIA, or OTT and all too often wordy but hey these are just my good points ha ha. Ruby :) xxx

Give and grow - let's raise our verses together. I'm happy to comment on your work and appreciate a comment on mine.

I love Honesty and you have it in spades. I will take you just as you are!

*eddy & Cat

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Oh, that was very clever, loved it. "the toys witch I find."
Well done I am impressed and bow to your word-smithery skills. Ruby :) xxx

Give and grow - let's raise our verses together. I'm happy to comment on your work and appreciate a comment on mine.

Thanks for "getting it" i figured it would be taken as a typo, lol!

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Some of my favorite things to write and read about! Especially when they are real! Classic twisted and gruesome Eddy. Well done.

~RoseBlack~

I always love reading your comments!

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thank you, my friend! I guess the board likes "Dark" this week, lol!

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Congratulations on winning the poem of the week. A great poem, well done, Ruby :) xx

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I never thought that it would win!!! That means it goes into the anthology? Imagine that!
thank you, my friend for your congratulations and good wishes!

*ever, eddy
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Hi Cat.

A huge shout out to you for your winning poem (and to Eddy too)! Keep on fixin' that which needs fixin'.

I enjoyed the read! - Will

Thank you for the shout out! It is greatly appreciated. I could not get caught up with my Neopoet family yesterday as I had a long appointment with my Dental Office. OUCH! I am glad you enjoyed...some tell me that I am an acquired taste, lol!

*ever, eddy.

p.s.

I put my rage on the page, so I do not hurt either myself or others...

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for your good wishes!

*hugs, Cat

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Wonderful job!
L

Thank you for the kudos!

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He sure makes a person look at the world from a different perspective. Congratulations on winning the contest!

Thanx,
Steve

Thank you my dear!

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Line 4 do you mean witch or which?Sounds like eddy has been having fun.....

witch is the one eddy usually has fun, lol!

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