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A Mess of Poems
by Randy Fishell, Editor

Psychologists say that, due to hormonal imbalances in the brain, teens morph from lovable youngsters into full-fledged weirdos. This is evidenced by the tendency to burst into tears when Mom brings home regular style instead of Double-Stuft Oreos.

To help you express yourself during this traumatic life passage, my alter ego, the beloved poet Artie Fishell, suggests the following journaling methods:

Haiku. This is a form of Japanese poetry using a 5-7-5 meter. Example:

I have much acne. (5)
Stridex does not work too well. (7)
When will this clear up? (5)

As the example shows, haiku can set forth the deepest of emotions.

Free verse. Here is where you just “go with the flow,” yet with an evocative twist. Example:

I love Heather.
Heather has not loved me in return.
Alas, though, I cannot wallow in pity;
rather, I must go feed the dog,
lest she who bore me into this world
provide me not with my own supper.

Truly a window to the soul.

Rhyme. Finding perfectly rhyming words can be challenging, but it’s often worth the effort. Example:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
My haircut is awful,
And my nails look really bad.

As I have said, nine times in 10 the words that you need won’t flow from your pen.

Wise sayings. It’s hard to improve on King Solomon, so we shall allow him to provide our example:

“Banish anxiety from your heart 
and cast off the troubles of your body” (Ecclesiastes 11:10).

OK, easier said than done.

But ask God to help. (5)
I am sure that He will hear. (7)
And try Clearasil. (5)

I guess the transition coming off the second line needs a little work . . .


+8 #13 HorsesRgreat 2013-03-09 00:45
I am suffering from Uncontrollable Laughter Syndrome. I wonder what the cure is?
+9 #12 Mmesqui 2013-01-05 17:21
My hair cut is awful and my nails are bad. Perfect rhyming huh ? 8)
+10 #11 live4him 2012-10-20 20:38
i love it! :lol:
+14 #10 Quirky 2012-10-20 13:32
Quoting Foxy101:
Oh, "Artie Fishell", "Artificial"! I get it now! :D

i didnt even think of that, so funny :D
+8 #9 slayer4321 2012-10-06 18:52
tooo funny :lol:
+13 #8 dancer4god 2012-09-22 19:58
Quoting ILoveJesus:
Artie fishell? I thought you were randy fishell :-|

He is! He's just making a joke! Randy always makes me crack up!
+15 #7 Foxy101 2012-08-27 01:20
Oh, "Artie Fishell", "Artificial"! I get it now! :D
+19 #6 PropheticLover 2012-08-11 00:14
roses are red,
violets are blue,
your really awesome,
so i like you!

we'll have lot's of fun,
cause i know your the one,
my one true best friend,
who'll be with me till the end.

see, easy 8)
+11 #5 ILoveJesus 2012-06-17 12:22
The rhyme is so funny :D
+9 #4 ILoveJesus 2012-06-17 12:19
Artie fishell? I thought you were randy fishell :-|

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