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This Poem

This poem is a locust cloud,
a sacrilegious sinner’s shroud
that pours its poison on the page
and rains with ruthless, righteous rage.

Though maybe it’s a cry for help,
a coyote’s howl or puppy’s yelp.
Or it’s a case of: quite absurd,
to waste the worthy written word.

And poetry’s a poor excuse
for pent-up pain to be let loose.
A poet, out of shame or pride,
should, in his soul, let sorrows hide.

Yet poetry’s a tasteless tear,
a fragment of a frantic fear
in stanzas, formed from furtive flood,
that bleeds, with ink, its precious blood.

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

Your poem "This Poem" is a well-crafted piece that employs vivid imagery and a unique perspective on the nature of poetry. The use of metaphors like "locust cloud" and "sacrilegious sinner's shroud" add depth and complexity to the poem. Additionally, the contrast between "coyote's howl or puppy's yelp" and "pent-up pain" creates an interesting tension that keeps the reader engaged.

One suggestion for improvement would be to consider the pacing of the poem. While the first stanza is strong and sets the tone for the rest of the piece, the second stanza feels a bit rushed and could benefit from more development. Also, the final stanza is powerful, but the transition from the previous stanza could be smoother.

Overall, "This Poem" is a thought-provoking piece that challenges traditional notions of poetry and offers a fresh perspective. Keep up the good work!

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Beautiful! I feel the title is perfect! Really like the reference to the tear being "tasteless" - really made me think about that line.
Wonderful, as usual,

Many thanks, L.


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I believe the answer to fleshing out the second stanza, and slowing it down,
is as simple as adding a couple of little words and small changes to a line.

"[a] coyotes howl..."

just wasting worthy written words.

~ Geez.

This must be the place, 'cause there ain't no place like this place anywhere near this place

Many thanks, Geezer. I'll make the changes. Thanks for the feedback.


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