The Poet Lorikeet

The Poet Lorikeet

A Poem by Gan Do

Written after a reading by Australia's Poet Laureate Les Murray when given an honorary doctorate at Sydney University . Rubbish.



Rarely, is a poet honored for his craft
Unlike prose purveyors
Most, think the poet daft

Playing ‘round with words that rhyme
Seems a futile task
But to the poet, the task is worth the time

A poet does not write just for publication
But to sate an inner need
As an oyster grows a pearl in response to irritation 

A novelist may read a contemporary’s book
Perhaps to hone his own style 
The poet has himself, so never needs to look

His poetry is naught but a passing introspection
Once cast "  is set adrift
No pain is in the snip to umbilical connection

Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Byron, Belloc, Blake "
Knew how to write a poem
They rhymed for rhyming’s sake

But today’s poet is but a poseur gnome 
Afraid of rhyme and metre,
Prose, " poses as a poem

A sophisticated trick " of Chandon & Möetry
" Froth begetting bubbles,
Bubbled prose, becoming, " poetry

What has happened to rhyme?
Has it become a dirty word?
Sage rosemary & ...... ???

Have we become just so sophisticated?
That we cannot gaily smile 
‘less there’s an X that’s triple rated!

Prosetry’s a cop out, a sophist’s lazy tool
Crude, most times " unerudite
The jester playing fool

Some revel in the plaudits bestowed by institutions
" Others just rebel!
Needing no such absolutions!

Reaching deep inside, wrestling visceral slime
Pounding, grinding, moulding words - 
But it does deserve rhyme!!!!

Copyright ©️ Gan Do 2017 🐳

© 2017 Gan Do

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Added on November 3, 2017
Last Updated on November 3, 2017
Tags: #australian, #poetry, #prosepoetry


Gan Do
Gan Do

Southern Highlands, New South Wales , Australia

I am defined by by being a seventh generation Australian who grew up in post WWII Sydney in times that were, in many ways, simpler than now. I have lived predominantly by the sea and spent 35 years a.. more..


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