One Stanza Poem O146

Once bitten −
Twice shy −
Twice bitten −
Might cry −
Thrice bitten −
Goodbye

02.04.14 – 02.02.15

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

Not a hard poem to write. I had just forgotten about it until now. That said, I completely changed the structure from a haiku with an extra couple of words (then say, before goodbye), to this short six line one stanza poem that makes it better. For one, there’s a repeated rhythm with alternating lines of 3 and 2 syllables. The “rhyme” within (bitten repeated), now end up on the end of lines. But finally, goodbye is left to be any form you want it. This “philosophy” of a poem doesn’t just apply to saying goodbye. It’s about leaving all together, more walking away and not just saying goodbye, and whether you want to say goodbye or not. In fact, a lot of times in life, when it gets to this point, one might better off not saying goodbye and speak louder through one’s actions to just get oneself away from the problem by any means possible.

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.

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