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The Podophillic
netskyIam

She doesn't have fat hands or feet.
 1
Oh she has feet but they aren't fat
 2
 
 
My
 3
 
 
Dainty on tip toes
 4
she's not--of course that bunion
 5
hurts a lot.  The finer woman
 6
never seen. Her pedicurist
 7
 
 
Silent screams--I hoped to help
 8
in this store wherein I work
 9
amidst the aisles of many
 10
 
 
Waves
 11
 
 
Of digits on the roam
 12
"I'll take those and those and those
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I'll take all those slippers home"
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Her name is M.S. Cinderella.
 15
And if she were to shave
 16
her corns I'd love
 17
her every morn
 18
 
 
Alike
 19
 
 
the shoes I horn
 20
which cannot fit
 21
and for commercial sins I'll scorn.
 22
 
 
An unworthy Buster Brown
 23
 
 
Ignored
 24

25 Apr 07

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I am reading this as a promising first draft. Some of the rhymes are clever, and I love the opening line. However, the rhythm isn't quite right in many places (e.g. L15-18). Also, I'm troubled by some of the one-word transition lines... for instance, I don't think L8-12 works quite as it should, and though I understand digits to mean toes, the line still doesn't quite make sense: "I hoped to help/though in the store wherein I work/amidst the aisles of many/waves/of digits on the roam". Maybe if you changed the "of" in L10 to "are"?  The other sequence that doesn't make sense to me is L16-20. I don't understand the choice of the word "alike". All in all, though, an amusing redux of the Cinderella story!
 — DrakeScott

Thanks.  It's early for the poem and if it doesn't make screwball sense
as intended, I'll try a reading-aloud.  The crazy enjambments are not really meant for reading-aloud.   Digits are her pointing fingers.  The narrator is a shoe salesman, spurned by her, and so he spurns her in return.   I hope to make that much clear by the comic poem itself.   Let's see...
 — netskyIam

I'm struggling with this, maybe make the writing less clever
L9.  at this store wherein i work?
 — unknown

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