Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The end of the journey

You would have thought that if someone had suggested to me five weeks ago I should write a poem every day for a month, I would have laughed in their face! Apart from the fact that I would not have considered myself capable, my somewhat negative views on poetry made me a bit of a non-starter!

Then up popped UL. And I didn’t laugh in her face. I don’t know how she did it, but she persuaded me to have a go. And I will be eternally grateful to her for doing so.

My poetry could be best described as ramshackle! One of the reasons that I got annoyed with poetry was because of its apparent dependence on rules and formulae.

I don’t write Haiku, Pantoum or Sonnet
I don’t do Cinquain, Quatrain or Ode
Diamante, Villanelle

doesn’t really ring my bell
You can keep your
Septalet, Rondelet,

Ghazel and Terzanelle!

No, I’m a rebel and I write as I think. Just like life,sometimes it rhymes others it doesn’t. If it works, it’s more by luck than judgement!

I got dozens of comments on my thirty ditties. Almost without exception they were favourable. But I am not so naive as to believe that all readers of my poems enjoyed them and I’m pretty sure than many visitors took one look then scuttled off saying ‘what the hell was that all about?!

But at the end of the day (I swore I would never use that expression) I really truly enjoyed myself. Don’t worry though, I won’t continue to post a verse every day! I’ve put you through enough! But I will keep on writing poems with a renewed enthusiasm.

Gluttons for punishment can find all thirty pieces together on a dedicated site – 30 poems in 30 days, which will sit alongside my running poetry blog No Rhyme or Reason.

Now it’s over
a sigh of relief
A lot less poems
from your mate Keef!

Thank you for indulging me.


  1. I hope you will continue to write more poetry. After you've had a break of course.

  2. Thanks for the great tip about the book! I love historical novels and this era is right up my alley so to speak. I'll go look for it.

    Thanks again.

  3. Wow--30 poems in 30 days!! Sounds like a real challenge to me.Is it still on?

  4. We're glad UL talked you into it too. It was loads of fun. Just keep posting, we don't care if it's poetry or not!

  5. Thanks for coming by my blog today! I thought I would come by and check yours out.
    I love the poetry, it must have been challenging coming up with one everyday, but at the same time it was probably nice as well. I like to try and be creative everyday.

  6. Yahoo doing the happy dance. We did it Keith we finished thirty poems in thirty days yahoo. You did great I don't think anyone came and just scooted past I am sure everyone who came left a much deserving comment. I too am a rebel when it comes to poetry. It it works great if it doesn't well too bad cause its what I was thinking. So cheers to all of us who did this thirty poems in thirty days.



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