Hey there, it’s Kate! I’m Maya’s imaginary assistant, and I’m making my first post on our blog. It’s a poem I wrote years ago, and I’m particularly proud of it.
There is such a thing as meter, you know
Beautiful beats help your poetry go
It needn’t be perfect to take off and fly
But please, oh please, just try to try
Not all rhymes cry out for meter,
Some flow better, even sound sweeter
If you make the careful choice
To let them sing with freeform voice.
Yes, free verse sings; I like it well:
But now I beg you NOT to sell
Rhymes that only try for beats
But fail, and shouldn’t be complete.
I’m not attacking your personal worth:
I believe that everyone on this earth
Has value; but please don’t be a completer
Of any poem with atrocious meter.
~ Katriona Aurelie Day Took