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Most poems I read today are free verse in style, meaning there is not necessarily a rhyme or rhythm (beat or cadence). This style of poetry has its obvious advantage. It doesn't tie the author down to a lyrical creation. However, some poets find it much easier to create a poem that rhymes. There are at least four billion rhyming dictionaries on the market making rhymes much more complex than, "I fell in love with a turtle dove." Still, I haven't been able to find a rhyme for "garlic."
"Stan," he began, "Smitty and I were on this very spot a couple of years ago. We pushed the boat into the water around five in the morning. There was still fog on the lake. We could barely see ten feet in front of us. All we could hear were the frogs and crickets, beautiful morning for fishing. Smitty and I put our lines in the water and bang! The bass started hitting everything we threw in the waters. I had almost caught my limit by seven, and then all of sudden the wind picked up and the clouds got black. Smitty wanted to get out of the water, but I told him we would stay until it started lightening. Well, guess what, lightening began streaking through the air like flying spider webs and the thunder sounded like a train wreck. I'll tell you Stan it was like all hell broke loose . . . ."
What is a simile? A simile is the comparison of two unlike things generally using the word "like" for the comparison, for example, "dumb like a fox."
Now, let's see what we have created:
The early morning fog thick like gray feathers
Now you have the idea, right? Right. Together we created a poem from a story told by someone else. Try this little exercise on your own. Or, try a story you have heard, or maybe one you have shared with others. Go for it. After all, you are now a poet.
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