Answering the Challenge

I don’t often write rhyming poetry, but when I do I have a lot of fun! Just don’t take this seriously! Words are tools, jester’s cap and bells, wisdom, and adventure …



the writer burns with a lust
that urges every poem’s thrust
into fame or direst dust

metaphors aren’t hard to find
springing upward to the mind
with neat similes intertwined

sonnets and their three quatrains
ballads with weird la-la refrains
challenge all creative brains                                    ?????????????????????

fib and rondeau, other forms
threaten our accepted norms
with bravura mental storms

every trick the poet knows
used until the poem glows
to outdo fiction’s purple prose


summerfathercoverA Summer Father … terse, imagistic lines; … It’s not nostalgia that we experience but quiet, poignant grief. Richard Stevenson

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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4 Responses to Answering the Challenge

  1. Andrew says:

    just curious, what is “purple prose” ?

  2. dianaejones says:

    I like this!

    Sent from my iPad


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