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In poetry: gist of words [and ...rocket-belt] - poetry


In Poetry: Connotation of Words

When I write poetry, I check out the denotation of words for too often they sound the same, but once written, and if spelled wrong, in consequence, give a absolute altered gist of what I had intended; this I call a instant of harm control. If my rhyme is flat, and my inflection is off, so what, I can survive, as long as the gist of my words are not; and are as I meant them to be. Even punctuation can be off, and not do too much damage, but not so with my denotation of words, when they are off; or, is not as I deliberate them to be. I am not a professor, or perfectionist in/of English, nor need to be, a minor in text is it and will do, but here is the base of the iceberg in poetry-the gist of words. Write what you mean in words, and mean what the words say in journalism poetry; or so I must bear in mind for myself; or at least now and then hark back myself; prompt for my part that poetry is the main point or form in/of writing. Yet, every so often I must give up a bit to get something, but never the consequence of a word. Well, that is how I feel anyhow. Why? it is hurtful not only to me, but to the reader.

A poem on Vietnam called:

"Corporal Siluk and the Rocket-belt"

"It's a 'ell of a night
for rockets in flight,"
Private McGee reminded me?
thinkin' we're done for the day
ready to go to sleep
(perhaps, idea about his pay).

When, out of the clear
we both could 'ear
the whistle of a rocket's thrust-
'ver-our barely tin-roofed hut.

"Got to grab our rifles again,"
said I, to Classified McGee-
"Steady there, ol' pal,"
half drunk, lessening to his knees?;
as the rocket explodes-
somewhere, close
in the shrubbery.

#738 6/24/05

Dennis Siluk's new book, "Spell of the Andes," presently on http://www. amazon. com; he lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Lima, Peru. He is running on two more books, and a number of short stories.

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