Listen Up There Rhyming Board by Don Matthews

Close up of only a man's hand with finger pointing at reader
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Listen up there Rhyming Board
(Yes you lot in the sky)
I have a group of rhymers
Who cheer me as I try

Please don’t disappoint them
Don’t come down on me hard
I want to write new poetry
I’m not another Bard

Don’t worry ’bout my gramma
Blindfold your eyes to ain’t
I might spell great as ‘triffic
I’m no-ones poet saint

I’m nothing extra special
Not into winning prizes
Just wanna play around with words
Creating new surprises

You’ll see I do bend grammar
To make it fit my verse
The die-hards of you up there
Will say this man’s a curse

But hang on Rhyming Board
(Yes you lot in the sky)
Just come on down with me awhile
Re-learn, with open eyes


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Don’s words should be taken seriously. If there’s a rhyming board out there, somewhere, then listen up, we writers won’t bow to your cliched thinking. Creativity doesn’t adhere to rules and regulations. It’s limitless and strives for deriving new meanings. Can’t let those words dig their own grave. They will triumph over redundant patterns and safe notions. Let ’em slip, slide, or waddle, words will be what we make them.
    Congratulations Don!

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    1. Thanks Terveen

      The last line ‘Re-learn, with open eyes’ is all I ask……

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  2. ayiekosami says:

    i love this, nicley done Don

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    1. Thanks AYIEKOSAMI …..

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  3. gwengrant says:

    Love this poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Well, if you keep on at them, Don, they are bound to listen and live by your words too, Poets do have an edge like that. I loved the poem too, very witty and cleverly written.

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    1. Thanks Shobana. Some traditionalists find it very hard to see any other way if you follow me….

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  5. jonicaggiano says:

    Another great one Don. I always get such a kick at your creativity with your pictures or illustrations as well as your words. Big hugs Don, Joni

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