Poetic Licence


I hold a poetic licence.

This entitles me to lie

And practise my hyperbole

Until the day I die!


My licence grants permission

To use some figures of speech.

It’s like a new space mission

Across the creative universe,

Seeking sibilant planets,

Like Saturn and Mars, which are

Far beyond my reach.


My analogy boosters have

Failed to fire and I’ve fallen back

To earth with a (cliched) bump!


This licence allows for alliteration,

Bouncing balls across the beach

And I’ll splash you when I see ya,

Cos that sounds just like the thing it is,

And it rhymes with onomatopoeia.


Symbolism, enigmatically, takes a

Quill from her pocket to

Tap me on the shoulder

Pestering me to deploy



       Thought I’d write I haiku

      Not that difficult I thought

             But you can see I


Hold onto this licence 

Under false pretences!


Poetry lacks remuneration-

So, it’s nothing like a licence

To print money!

◄ Fish and a Chippie

Your car's too wide! ►


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John Botterill

Sun 9th Jan 2022 14:56

Thanks Tom! Glad you enjoyed it. Haiku was a bit last minute. Glad I included it!😀

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Sun 9th Jan 2022 14:39

Haha, the haiku was a brilliant inclusion. Really smart writing and fun to boot.

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John Botterill

Sat 8th Jan 2022 13:51

Thanks for the likes Binte and KJ 😊

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John Botterill

Fri 7th Jan 2022 17:29

Thanks MC, That's a really kind comment. Much appreciated 😊

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 7th Jan 2022 16:07

The sort of posting that makes a visit to WOL worthwhile!
A clever combination of analogy and terminology.

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John Botterill

Fri 7th Jan 2022 09:06

Thanks Holden. I think Writeoutloud.net should issue them to us. Like dog licences! Haha 😀 oops. Showing my age again!

Holden Moncrieff

Fri 7th Jan 2022 02:39

A very clever and entertaining use of your poetic licence, John! 😄

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John Botterill

Thu 6th Jan 2022 22:09

Thanks Stephen. I had some fun writing it! 😀
Also thanks Stephen A for the like.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 6th Jan 2022 22:04

Very inventive, John, with some virtuoso lines. Also very funny!

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John Botterill

Thu 6th Jan 2022 17:21

Thanks Adam!

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Adam Whitworth

Thu 6th Jan 2022 17:01

I love the haiku, hahaha😊

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