Considering Conciseness



Could I convey this tale to you
But manage saying less?
Would you absorb its full context,
Or hear laconic mess?
This fear of mine,
Though asinine,
Breeds my tedious address.

If I could share brief thoughts with you
Without causing you grief,
Your full receipt of substance
Would bring me much relief.
But I still doubt,
And so will spout
To you, my unabridged debrief.

About this poem

I tend to talk too much sometimes, or make a story last longer than it should. It just seems like every detail is necessary! Wish I knew how to change this tendency.

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Written on May 13, 2023

Submitted by Laurelmlee on June 19, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABXBCCB ADXDEED
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 370
Words 76
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 7, 7

Laurel M. Lee

When I was little, my grandfather had me believing I'd be a famous poet someday. Of course, life never turns out the way you plan, does it? Still, I do have a litle fun with it from time to time. This first contest submission of mine today is the first one I've written in several years, and I only wrote it because a friend's gift inspired me. I could never stick to the rules of the various poetry styles, but have always enjoyed the ones that rhyme. I've long been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" and John Masefield's "Sea Fever". Having been born in Alaska, I also love Robert Service's "Cremation of Sam McGee". I have a two teenagers and my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. more…

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  • Laurelmlee
    Thank you! (Again!) I’m so glad you are liking some of my own personal favorites. Some of mine are pretty generic.
    LikeReply5 days ago
  • alanswansea18
    You have some talent.
    LikeReply11 days ago

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