(to be sung to the tune of "A Lover's Concerto" by the Toys, a 1960s pop song derived from Christian Petzold's Minuet in G major)

poets' concerto

how good is that good night
that dylan's daddy won't go gentle through
how ferny is the hill
sung about in verse
by my buddy dyl

how feverish is she
who wrote the poem fever 103
she's feeling really bad
lady lazarus
doesn't like her dad

how slow does teddy wake
who wakes to sleep and takes his waking slow
inside a flowershop
little theodore
waltzes with his pop

flies buzzing when she died
her lips taste liquor that has not been brewed
by any brewery
drunk on april air
is our emily

nuns on a sinking ship
and father hopkins writes an elegy
then praises dappled things
and the holy ghost
with his shining wings

how do i love thee bob
i'll write a sonnet and i'll count the ways
love thee with all my breath
and if god allow
better after death

old poet in japan
he sits composing by a quiet pond
more quickly than a flash
leaps a little frog
really makes a splash

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-04-15 at 23:11

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Rob Graber
What a pleasure, and so well crafted!

Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Well, this is all very appealing, Tommo. Members of Coo & Co hadn't heard of 'A Lover's Concerto', but our FT has played the Minuet in G :>)

We like the structure of the poem and we enjoyed trying to guess which poet is described in each verse, although we didn't excel at this. However, guessing games aside it's still very pleasant. We're particularly keen on the final stanza :>)

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Enjoy this very much! Good choice for the music too. Well written, light and joyful, Thomas.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Very clever. I wonder if the apostrophe should be after the s in the title.