Fourteen Lines

Just what’s so magical about this number

that poets have obeyed its charm so long

repeating groups of sixes or octets

or foursquare stanzas poured into a song

tradition some say, others call it discipline

the skill to coax diversity from a mould

and how despite your claim that it’s not in

the nature of rebellion to enfold

 

Within itself some reference to its ancestry

perhaps there’s still an inner urge to follow rules

when innovating, try to keep creations free

of scorn like arrogant post modern schools

 

Yet when all’s said and done perhaps we may agree

that closing couplets stump – or set us free

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© Johnmichael Simon

2012

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