Pulling out Weeds

 

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Day 8 of the Introduction to Poetry course looks at Anaphora and Epistrophe. These are repetitive words or phrases used at the beginning or end of multiple lines of verse in the same poem. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a dream speech is a good example of Anaphora. Epistrophe is the same idea, but repetition is at the end.  For my poem, I used Anaphora:

Pulling out Weeds

He’s not controlling –

just wants everything neat.

No problem really;

like me needing tea sweet.

 

He’s not controlling –

misses me when I’m out.

No problem really;

Like the thirsty through drought.

 

He’s not controlling –

needs quiet and airy.

No problem really;

like a nice library.

 

He’s not controlling –

just needs dinner at six.

No problem really;

like an addict needs fix.

 

He’s not controlling –

he just wants and he needs.

No problem really;

like me pulling out weeds.

 

He’s not controlling –

well he says he is not.

No problem really;

got to give it a shot.

My two closest friends married men like this and fortunately got out. This seems one sided, but I know a few controlling women too.

I missed out day 7 of the course which was the ‘found’ poetry task.  It’s not that I couldn’t do it – I didn’t want to read others’ work and then deface it.  I felt that to do someone else’s work justice, I’d need to spend a lot of time on it and I don’t have time at the moment. This pains me. Years ago I was classed as a ‘Completer Finisher’ in the team role Belbin Analysis.  I was disappointed at the time as it looked like I was most suitable for jobs in data entry or mushroom picking*; but at least I completed things. Think I’d have a different result now. Look, I’m rebelling – skipping out tasks and everything.

I have been a mushroom picker. I lasted a day and if they had paid me by weight like they were supposed to, I’d have earned 28p for my 7 hours work!

4 thoughts on “Pulling out Weeds

  1. Mushroom picker? OML! Really? You’re serious? That’s twisted somehow! Look at how much you’ve got to offer. Geez Louise… Your poem was great, btw. They didn’t do those two things when I did that class. Interesting.

    After you finish, if you’re interested in playing around with poetry some more, Douglas Branson over at Specks and Fragments has a thing every week called Magnetic Poetry Saturday. There’s a site that has like the word magnets you put on your fridge to rearrange and play with. He has a bunch of folks that access those words and posts them to his site every week. Here’s the link for the one from this week. It gives you much more freedom. https://specksandfragments.com/2016/10/22/magnetic-poetry-saturday-challenge-a-chorus-line-10-22-16/ Doug’s a great follow.

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    • I really did pick mushroom. I was only 16 though, so it was just money for make-up 🙂 The poetry challenge sounds interesting. I will definitely take a look at this. I did once. There were some great writes on it and it was slightly intimidating. I’m getting more confident now, with all the lovely comments I get. Thanks again.

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  2. Nicely done and great analogy about pulling out weeds. I understand about the complete finisher thing and why you’d want to dedicate longer to such a task (I’ve never heard of Belbin though).

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