Frank Poems: OR NOT SONNET

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Whether to write a rondelay or ode
(Horatian, Pindaric, softly Sapphic?),
Ottava rima, ballad or ballade?
Vilanelle, pantoum or something epic?
Whether a Shakespearean soulful sonnet,
Triolet, sestina or graceful ghazal?
Whether and how to mix iamb, pyrrhic,
Trochee, spondee, anapaest and dactyl?
Whether a poem can ever be ideal?
Whether blank verse might be more impressive
Or whether rhyme can make you love me still?
Whether the feet should be five, six or eight?
Whether to risk sending you what I write
Too promptly, or poetically prevaricate?

31/07/2022

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