Guest Post: Don Matthews Trilogy #23

This week, Don examines the frustrations of writer’s block, and of trying to find a publisher who publishes poems which rhyme. If such a publisher still exists, I’d be interested to know! Answers on a postcard please… In the meantime, I’m off to the newsagent to buy a pair of socks! You can find more of Don’s poetry at his website, The Flippant, Comic, and Serious.

White Blank

It stares out from the screen at me
I stare right back at it
Yes, it says, I am quite blank
(And, yes, I feel a git)

I’ve got no spelling errors
Syntax perfect, yes
I’m just a piece of white blank verse
Examine me, address!

But I’ve got better things to do
Than look at verse blank white
Despite your perfect spelling and
Your syntax being right

But poet, are you saying
You’ve given up on me?
My white blank screen’s no challenge to
Create your poetry ?

(My screen’s making me feel guilty…..)

Don Matthews November 2017

Publisher Wanted

I’m looking for a publisher
A rhymy-loving type
Who wants to increase readership
(I also offer skype)

There are no skyping rhymers
(Who offer two for one)
I’ll skype for you both day or night
Buy me (before I’m done)

Although my rhyme’s oft silly-like
There’s serious undertones
A flippant/serious combo
That’s waiting to get known

Don Matthews August 2019

The Newsagent

Why are there sox in the newsagent ?
Hanging all paired with their mate
When right next door to them’s a men’s shop
This really does makes me quite irate

Why are women’s bags in the newsagent
Both leather and vinyl to be had
When a women’s bag shop’s in the complex
This really does make me quite mad

I notice the agent stocks papers
(Which seem to carry nothing but gloom)
Yet no other shop’s stocking papers
Which seems a bit unusual to me….

Don Matthews August 2019

16 thoughts on “Guest Post: Don Matthews Trilogy #23

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  1. I appreciate the poem β€œ Publisher Wanted”, other poems are also fine.

    β€œ I’ll skype you for both day and night,
    Buy me( before I’m done? ”, it shows the reality.
    Don, you are a solid writer(with creativity). Thank you Ingrid for sharing the wonderful poems.πŸ’πŸ’πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™

  2. I believe the pendulum has swung too far toward non-rhyming poetry. Publishers today would likely be rejecting Frost, Shelley, Keats, Blake, Milton, Longfellow…

      1. Heard a whisper they rejected some Orstralian who worked himself up to Poet Laureate (in Nonsense) When they finally saw dollars flashing before their eyes he just gave them the finger. Serve ’em right I say……

    1. Thankyou Ron…Publishers will only publish what they think the public want. But do they really want it?. I,like you, think the pendulum has gone too far away from rhyming poetry…give them some rhyming poetry and they might say ah…a breath of fresh air…again

    1. Funny you should mention this minametry. Ingrid said there seemed to be a lack of Spring poems. I said there was a ‘haikuist in training’ down here trying to make it in the world of poetry. Ingrid and I both believe he shows potential. . Here is his first attempt. It seems he has one appreciative observer, so that’s a good start…..

      Birds go tweet tweet cheep
      Tweet tweet cheep cheep tweet
      Spring has arrived, cheep



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