I wrote this Sonnet as a way of expressing my thoughts on writing poetry

Sonnet 18

Lord, save me from composing poetry
filled with abstractions, hazy metaphor;
vague concepts burn this poet’s circuitry
and reading puzzling verses is a bore.
Enrich my rhymes with purposeful intents,
with honest words, and not too literary.
Next, spare me those that read like accidents,
or failed attempts to rhyme a dictionary.
And let me use enjambments sparingly;
when lines wrap like a vine around the tree
and end stops leave the verse entirely,
such makes smooth reading somewhat hard on me.
Protect me from clichés that are too trite,
but should I use one—make it look all right.

Jerry Kemp

Jerry has written and published two books: A Bouquet of Poetic Thoughts II and Galloping Pegasus, four humorous novellas.  Retired from his horse ranch and other activities, Jerry lives with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and numerous birds at the outskirts of the Sonoran desert in Arizona.  Celebrating his 82nd birthday in October 2016, ignoring the onset of Parkinson’s symptoms, Jerry continues on in his pursuit of happiness. He still paints, enjoys classical music and poetry by the old masters and, of course--writing.