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Poetic License: ‘No More Heavy Poems’

By Staff | Mar 26, 2019

Joe Pacheco

I know that I am long past due

For a serious poem,

Flirting round with country

Won’t ever bring one home,

But the older I get

The younger I see –

No more heavy poems

Coming out of me.

So I’m cashing in my chips

And switching o’er to verse,

Call me Octo-Pappy

Or Poet in Reverse,

‘Cause the older I get

The younger I see –

No more heavy poems

Coming out of me.

“You have got to be serious!”

Some fellow poets exclaim:

“Poetry and Gravity

Are keys to Laureate fame.

‘Cause the older you get,

The sooner you will see,

Why you need those heavy poems

Pouring out of thee!”

I’ll sell my stash for Johnny Cash

And Willie Nelson sound,

A poem’s no fun when it weighs a ton

And its feet stay on the ground.

So the older I get,

The lighter I must be,

No more heavy poems

Coming out of me.

I’m writing no more stanzas

Recounting all my woes,

Going back and forth and over

To wherever under goes,

The only song you’ll ever hear

From this moment on:

Give thanks, everybody,

My heavy poems are gone.

The older I get,

The lighter I must be,

No more heavy poems

Coming out of me.