“Apollo” by Charles Meynier
To rhyme with correct meter within the cause
Of basic varieties is nothing anybody
Ought to derogate, but previous poetic laws
Have been usual to enshrine a method, not stun
The poet into incoherencies
By forcing words to fit a fractured sense.
Adhering blindly to a rule might freeze
Inventiveness; the pitfalls are immense.
The God of Formalism has a say,
However writers nonetheless command the worldly realm—
The world remaining somewhat gray
Is who should man the sail, and who the helm.
The only limit inescapable
Is that to which a poet’s succesful.
We’re asked to keep our distance from cliches,
from anything related to the previous,
from sentiment or any flip of phrase
which may in basic types have once been forged.
They urge us to refuse to knuckle underneath
to counterrevolutionary forces,
although we be drawn and quartered, torn asunder
by diametric literary horses.
However I might say, it’s much the higher sin
to fault a poet’s atavistic traits
than it might be to laud the self-discipline
secured inside custom’s pearly gates.
A couplet (A quatrain …)
___________completes a sonnet
(adds headroom where a mind
___________may dwell upon it.).
C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television collection, The Victory Backyard. A whole lot of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Australia and India. His assortment, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder was revealed in 2013 by White Violet Press.