It Rose from the Ashes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: The Imaginarium

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An old poem gets a makeover.

It Rose from the Ashes 

I found an old poem from decades ago,

full of rust and dust, and brushed it off. 

Where the rhymes had worn out

and didn’t rhyme any more,

I put in a whole new set of rhymes

and played them back in my mind

as internal rhymes

and found they worked

better than the originals.


I was pleased that I had not become

tone deaf after all these years.

I remembered the day that was

depicted in the poem,

and ran it through my mind

again and again to be sure

I hadn’t missed anything.


When I found that old poem,

full of rust and dust,

and I gave it a whole

new set of rhymes,

I thought why stop there?

 I scraped off the rust

and gave it a new coat of paint.

I found there was a couple

of places where it squeaked,

from one line to the next,

so I sprayed it with the literary

equivalent of WD-40,

and suddenly the lines flowed

smoothly into one another,

almost soundlessly.


When I found that old poem,

And dipped it into the fountain of youth

it was reborn a sonnet,

Printed in metallic gold,

And was borne into Heaven

On the wings of angels.

Submitted: January 29, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Lawrence Grieco. All rights reserved.

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Bert Broomberg

A wonderful poem. It works really well.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 11:44pm


Thank you so much. I needed something positive.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 4:13pm


One word - excellent!

Sun, January 31st, 2021 6:47pm


Thank you! I enjoy all of your writing, and your approval means a lot to me. :)

Sun, January 31st, 2021 10:55am

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