WHAT'S A POET "LARIAT"? (100 lines approx.)
by Jacklyn El Shaw (AKA Samuella California)/
(I) WHAT DOES A POET “LARIAT” DO? /Round’em up?
A cowboy’s “lassoo”, with a verse, yahoo?/
a new Magnificat (a “Gloriat”)?
A needed word in a verse yet terse?/
Calls from a loving nurse,/
not news made worse?
Poets may, yet, be discovered?
A messenger, a “balladeer”,/
A silent note of good cheer?
A California Poet Laureate friend/
sings “Auld Lang Syne” with trends.
The Californian, creative,/
speaks true each as a mixed native.
Now, it’s your turn to have a say,/
if this “wannabee” “Lariat”/
could have her way,
if just today.
What’s ahead, a song or dance?
not just a dream or someone’s trance?
Writing poetry is a balm.
It brings a therapeutic calm,
that is, with a good vision,/
and friends, not just television.
Are laurels without cares and snares?/
Desired jobs, nightmares,
turned to remorse?/
Well, not with a cup seen
half full, of course./
(II) WHAT’S A POET, we ponder?/
A person who writes fancy words?/
Can a poet do a P.R. wonder?/
It’s not just a desk job for nerds./
A romantic causes fluttering eyelashes./
Do lone poets ... write for the masses?/
Listening is endearing; /
I love you, you hear? /
Is a poet one with a beard /
in a dark coffee house?/
May have suffered... someone sneered,/
still wants a new verse heard out loud?/
NY or Bohemia? “Frisco” to Santa Monica,/
-- lullabies can give us a yawn or a tingle./
Poets are liberated with a kind jingle./
Holidays with a season note/
on Kris Kringle/
may start anew with New Year’s Day,/
a sense of time, a new rhyming way./
So sings the performer,/
sometimes a reformer./
What word sounds like --“S’mores?--/
”Heh! What’s a Poet? Sing “A-mor-e”./
Cowboy poets step /
with Shakespeare meter./
Urbanite, suburbanite and/
a country greeter?/
We’d all like a part on the stage,/
(III) WHAT’S A POET? a living history?/ You tell me, fingers tapping the keys,/
with unfinished word symphonies./A verse can be about liberty,/
if not also equality./ a note against hate / can have a loving “gait”./
Is a poet someone who knows it?/ Is it an opening in some career calling?/
Philosopher? Minister? Teacher/ Lawyer?/ Communicator? Lab inspector? Inventor?/ Performer? Writer? or “Travel-log-er”?/ As many splendrous/, as all we poets may be,/ I believe each of us/ is a living history./
EPILOG? Noted trade secret log?/ Plant an idea: Does it get surpassed?/ -- by inspiration crass or en masse?/ An idea is an innovation:/ for enterprise or craft creation,/ for small family business/ foundlings or entries,/ for untold treasures it might belie/ for centuries?
* NOTE: What's a Poet? A "Poiema"*. . ..
The Creator's "workmanship": You and I, each one of us is God's living poem.
© “Samuella California” AKA
Jacklyn E. Shaw, 2004
* California Poet Laureate Nominee from Creative Writers, SBLW
* Note: workmanship, "Poiema", Ephesians 2:10.
Hayford's Bible Handbook (Nashville, Tenn: Nelson, 1995) &
Strong's Concordat (1994; 1890).