Friday, June 28, 2013

553 : I Don't Understand


dVerse Poets challenges us to use an Anaphora in a poem.
Anaphora is the repeated use of a starting rhyme.

Amateur psychologists may be tempted to analyse this work.
Put down your inkblots.  It is just a fictional work, 
in response to the prompt.

I Don’t Understand.

Why do you behave this way?
Why do you refuse to say?
Why is every day so grey?
Why do you so want to flay?
Sigh in dismay, I don’t understand.


Why have you become so cold?
Why have the grudges you hold?
Why are your emotions so controlled?
Why is there pain you haven’t told?
Cry every day, I don’t understand.


Why have all the pent up malice?
Why hide away in the icy palace?
Why do you seem so very callous?
(Why is the only other rhyme phallus?)
Try as I may, I don’t understand.

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© J Cosmo Newbery 2013
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22 comments:

  1. Well penned anaphora poem, JC. I have known people who fit some of these points (fictiional or not!)

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  2. Like how you inject the humor. :-)

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    1. Initially it was just a joke. But it is an interesting marker to see how many people read to the end of the poem. ;-)

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  3. i think there are some things we will never understand...the human condition is a conundrum...why do people turn on a dime and act completely different...an easy answer like mental illness would be nice but not nearly the case as oft as maybe a bruised ego...

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  4. tells the tale of a painful and crying heart

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  5. I am jealous, he-he. Really clever.

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  6. ha - lots of things we don't understand and that somehow makes sense anyway... smiles

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  7. Chuckles! Lots of questions begging for answers.Happens all the time! Nicely Cosmo!

    Hank

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  8. I like the Why questions, still in the end we really don't understand. At the rhyming end, I read your sense of humor ~ Smiles ~

    Grace

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  9. The last stanza got a good chuckle out of me, for sure!

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  10. oops .. that rhyme got me giggling.. great take :-)

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  11. Hahaha! Talus? Alice? Walrus? Ok, maybe not. Thanks for the chuckle ~ M

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  12. Chalice???

    Really clever use of Why? questions, nice rhythm and rhyme too.

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  13. I really enjoyed the interrogation and know what you mean in your foreword. So many think everything we write about is actual fact. Nice flow and rhyme, as well.

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  14. Dallas? lol...as in Texas USA of course. "Why" seems to be one of those questions to which we may never get an answer.

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  15. Alice? Somewhere lost in the moving boxes in the garage (they've been packed nigh on 4 years now ...) there is a small rhyming dictionary published by Penguin. Ohh, I so wish I had it handy right now. I know, I know - I have 'google' at my fingertips. But the hunt just isn't the same :-/

    xxx

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  16. ps. That image is the MOST googled image on my blog. I used it last year when I posted on 'Sadness' ...

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  17. Why was Kennedy shot in Dallas?

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    1. Because in Texas, everyone's an outlaw. Gun control is blasphemy and will have you strung up in the nearest mesquite tree. Then they use you for target practice ... LOLOL.

      xxx

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  18. Love the rhyming phallus - and recognise too many people in the rest. Nice one - thank you. Nitpicking again. Second stanza, third line should you be your?

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    1. Yes, thank you. I used to have an excellent editor and I got lazy.

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