Adage Adagio

Wisely and slow;
they stumble that write fast
and wisdom or music
from their words escapes.
Steady keeps the pace;
if you slow down,
you notice words
you never heard before.
Slow as a simile,
stanzas don’t grow
on busy sheets of paper
and a rolling rhyme
gathers no metre.
In other words:
more haste less poetry.

Kim M. Russell, 28th August 2018

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Twisted Adages

This Tuesday, Jill is our host and bartender, and she wants us to work with pithy little maxims and proverbs that hold a kernel of truth. She asks us to craft our poetry around an adage or two that we must change in some significant way: strike while the iron is falling and wist your adage(s) to some strange advantage. 

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49 thoughts on “Adage Adagio

  1. The musical reference is sweet, and it really works. I like the lines /if you slow down/you will notice words/
    you never heard before/. A terrific poem.

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  2. time wounds all heels ….

    okay, sorry, couldn’t resist – but I love what you’ve done with this – and yes, slow for surety …. and time …. well, all good things, come to those who have already stepped off the curb and … never mind;

    brilliant word play and yet, how truthful for it …

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  3. As ‘they’ Say 10,000 Hours
    Makes a Master
    of Whatever
    impossible
    hehe
    with Haiku
    as far as poetry Grows
    but never the less oh God
    what a relief this Ballerina
    is after Seeing the Trump
    Angry Inch
    at
    Bjorn’s
    Place of
    OlD Ager
    White Man’s Truth
    oF ANGer Still For Ballerinas
    Flow Trumps Stutter and Fall Fall Faced Flat..
    And that’s why
    Free
    Poetry
    is my
    Hobby
    And Free Dance is mY LiFE
    For tHere is no mistaking Dance as Life
    no matter ages races nationalities sexual orientations disabilities genders
    religions and all those other labels we come prepackaged Naked for Dance
    when
    Do
    Just
    Do
    Just Dance
    Then SinG NoW..;)

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      1. Hehe.. the funniest
        part oF all not is it’s
        no
        Joke
        it’s true
        A Scientifically
        Psychologically smaller phenom
        Studied in Serial Dead Souls in Angry Old White Men still..
        As The World
        continues
        to get
        Browner
        to eradicate this smaller issue..;)

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      2. Generally Speaking
        Colder Weather
        Folks
        Have
        Shorter
        Appendages
        Less they Freeze
        Off and
        With Big
        And Small
        Cats Jaws
        And
        Claws
        More
        Easily
        Adhere
        To Larger
        Packages
        Double
        Edged
        SWords
        As ‘they’
        Say for the
        Ape Kings
        Of
        The
        Jungles too., hAha..;)

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