Words of Yore



Why do we mimic poets past

In the forms so dated and old

It’s that today their words still last

And provide a creative mold


Lyrical lilt of Strambotto

Or cooing love of great refrain

Iambic-given staccato

Beautiful rhymes of French Dizain


The drumbeat of the Limericks

The brevity found in Haiku

Tried and true linguistic tricks

Of old poets, but not the new


Poverty in Villon’s Ballade

A derivative in Huitain

Ae Freislighe its rhyming so odd

The simplicity of quatrain


Re-sung tercet of Madrigal

And the circle of Roundelay

Bring a sense of the magical

To simple words put on display


The Interlocking Rubaiyat

Tool used by both Khayyam and Frost

Shakespeare’s sonnets will never rot

Though to time their voices lost


Calliope the faithful muse

The rhythm, rhyme, and compression

Tincture in the black ink we use

For crucible-wrought confession


From the face slap of a spondee

To all the joy an Ode can bring

Mournful sorrow of great Elegy

Diminishing Verse vanishing


Here are spawned the variations

The inspired and the sublime

Birthplace of future creations

With bones that stand the test of time


On these stones we hone the pen’s nib

Express ourselves in ink alone

In hopes that with the words we give

A more beautiful world be shown




19 Responses to “Words of Yore”
  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Beautifully and a great commentary on today’s poetry and on the immortal ones. Lovely, quite lovely Brad.

  2. “From the face slap of a spondee
    To all the joy an Ode can bring
    Mournful sorrow of great Elegy
    Diminishing Verse vanishing”

    Brad, you are right and you tell it so beautiful.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    that is amazing how you were able to mention so many forms of poetry, and get it all to rhyme. Quite impressive, Brad!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks, Jim! You know I love writing to form. Safe travels!

      • Jim Borden says:

        here’s a random question just popped into my mind, and I may have asked a similar question in the past. have you ever thought about making one of your poems into a song, or just in general tried your hand at songwriting?

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Back in the day (high school), I played in a band and did some song writing with our rhythm guitarist. We had visions of being rock stars, as many young men did. But I haven’t done that since, though my guitar sits in the corner of the living room wondering what it did so wrong that I rarely play it anymore. Maybe the future holds an opportunity for that, but I am more a lyricist than a musician, so I would need some gifted help for sure! Thanks for asking!

  4. Well your poetry is of course brilliant. But this purely reflects the knowledge and depth you have on poetry and the poets. Reading your work is always a learning experience Brad.

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Wow!! I’m amazed at how you described different styles of poetry & poets, paying homage to the poets before us, and how that history is so important and still relevant today! Another beautiful piece, not that I would ever expect anything less from you though! ❤

  6. fakeflamenco says:

    Excellent work. I love the theme and the composition. Wonderful rhymes, which are difficult to do. -Rebecca

  7. jupitergrant says:

    Brilliant, and ingeniously crafted, Brad 😘

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