Haikus won’t hurt you or desert you,
Tanka won’t take you for granted.
Pantoum is patient, doesn’t mind repeating.
Villanelles bring guitars and rousing refrains,
Sestinas tell fantastic tales with tangents lasting for days–
Which six repeating words would you choose as your elegy?
Ode to new joy! Ode to budding poetry!
Ode to raging against the grey haze.
Ballads always stay til all rhythm wanes,
while Blank Verse maintains life is fleeting.
It’s true that once a ghazal spills it can’t be recanted,
and Pastorals lead to green pastures and a wide, reaching blue.
The Golden Shovel will dig, dig, dig into your bones;
Sonnets give your words a home.