I chose the name for this blog entry because I started writing this latest poem at 11PM last night but finished it today, at 4PM. I was determined to complete it but after arriving a the end of verse six, I was sooooo tired that there was no way I'd make it to the end. As you read through this poem, you'll get a glimpse of how I write. It may be nothing more than the desire to write and a phrase and then it flows in a direction and I must follow where the thoughts, text and rhyme take me. I don't know how others write, but for me, it's a matter of wanting to write a poem and letting the poem take on a life of its own. So here it is.
IT’S LATE AT NIGHT
By Patty Lynn
It’s late at night and I should be
In bed and counting sheep.
So why am I creating this,
Especi’ly since talk’s cheap?
I haven’t words of wisdom gold,
Or stunning observations,
Nor quotes direct from Shakespeare
In séance conversations.
I guess it’s a compulsion,
A love of printed text
I start a thought and that becomes…
The basis for what’s next.
It flows, it ebbs, it comes and goes,
Sometimes I’m just plain stuck,
And there are times, I must admit,
Where I have run amuck!
But you’ll forgive me, won’t you please,
I have such good intention.
I do like prose, but if I’d choose,
A poem’s the BEST invention.
‘Cause with a poem, there’s always this,
A challenge is a part…
Of trying to express yourself
Sincerely from the heart…
And at the same time, rhyme your words,
And make it all make sense.
You have a lot of liberties.
There’s past or present tense…
There’s stories true or make believe.
It doesn’t matter which.
There’s recollections serious,
Or ones with humor rich.
Regardless, I am glad I’ve found…
A way to just express…
The thoughts that fill my mind & heart.
A great relief from stress.
For me, it’s like a tonic,
Medicinal for my soul.
I face the challenge of the rhyme!
For me, that is my goal.
So though I should be sound asleep
I’ve got to get this out.
For writing poems & making rhymes
Is what I’m all about!