by Janet Cameron Hoult 2008
Some words are heavy, some have wings
Some make you think of many things
Some can help your mind to soar
Others dash you to the floor.
Words with syllables and letters
Can often keep your mind in fetters
"Which word fits here? Is this one right?"
It can become a mental fight.
Bound by rules and strictest diction
To work a rhyme can cause much friction
By shaking off the hard fast rule
The poet is genius or fool.
Words that the poet finds
Paint clearer pictures in our minds
Word choice makes mental pictures lush
Words are the paint, the poet the brush.
Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult, professor emerita at California State University, Los Angeles,
is a well known author located in Culver City, California, where she is the
Honorary Artist Laureate for Poetry.
Janet's recent work includes these award winning poetry books:
BODY PARTS A Collection of Poems About Aging,
BODY LANGUAGE Another Collection of Poems About Aging,
WHERE DID THE SUN GO? Myths and Legends Around the World Told with Poetry and Puppetry,
GOING TO THE DOGS AND OTHER CRITTERS, and
CULVER CITY'S CENTENNIAL POETRY COLLECTION