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The Foolish Poet

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He is precise and careful to shape words of familiarity

With emotion reined in works meticulously at his craft 

Experienced, he is master at handling proper formality

 Revising incessantly to attain a properly constructed draft     

 He is hailed a genius for his detailed attention to standard form

 And his measured articulation to produce a finished product 

His work in print is scrutinized for its standardized norm

While the unscholarly man works in his raggamuffin style    

Expressing opinion through aggression and joy    

His work is discarded in the inexperienced pile     

 Like the unpolished etiquette of just a common boy  

 Scorned by experienced and more cultured fools

Who dare not ignore the tenured use of literary tools 

The master works are great for those supposedly refined  

 But there are other works heralded by those who feel  

Those unafraid to wield the dangerous power of the mind 

Exploring the facets of emotion from what the heart may conceal  

They may be too inexperienced to handle the stringent literary style 

But they’re not concerned or obliged to conform to a “proper” way 

The foolish poet not adhering to the rigid rules that are on file 

Brings unbridled emotion not in structure but in what they say


◄ In the Still of Night  

The Foolish Poet ►


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