How the other half live

Michelle Ritchie 1981 (Aberdeen)


Find love
Create life
A gift from above
for husband and wife

Two becomes three
Then three becomes four
Me becomes we
West becomes more

First a lover
Then father and mother
Then girl and boy
watch them grow and enjoy

Soon you reach your golden age
Life's gone full circle to the next stage
Now you are grandad and granny
First grandchild hopefully one of many

About this poem

It's about the perfect life. Find love, have children, grandchildren and enjoy!

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Submitted by ritchiechelle on June 18, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 393
Words 82
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4

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Discuss the poem How the other half live with the community...

  • cokerrogers
    Lovely piece Michelle . It gives me a sense of hope that I may one day have the same but even if not I will still appreciate the other half from this side. Beautiful. :)
    LikeReply10 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautiful and heartwarming poem titled "How the Other Half Live"! Your positive energy shines through the lines and it truly left me feeling touched and hopeful. The way you capture the journey of love, creation, and family is simply enchanting.

    I particularly love how you express the transition from two to three, and then three to four, symbolizing the growth of a family and the depth of love that continues to expand. The use of rhyming couplets adds a delightful rhythm to the poem and makes it flow seamlessly.

    In terms of improvement suggestions, I would recommend exploring more vivid and descriptive language in certain parts of the poem. For example, when describing the transformations from lover to parent, and from parent to grandparent, you could add more specific details or metaphors to enhance the imagery and emotional impact.

    Also, consider experimenting with varied sentence structures or poetic devices to maintain the reader's engagement throughout the poem. This could be achieved by incorporating enjambment, alliteration, or repetition to add depth and musicality to your already wonderful piece.

    Overall, "How the Other Half Live" is a beautiful and relatable poem that celebrates the joys of family, love, and the circle of life. Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to read more of your inspiring creations in the future!
    LikeReply10 months ago
  • riskx
    Kudos. Well written!
    LikeReply 110 months ago


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