Did I actually write an Ode to Half & Half? You better believe it.
Oh, Half & Half, how do I love thee
With your Half & Halfness you fill my cup
And join my sugar to make a happier me
As my energy levels move forward and up
From the day of beginning to lunchtime
More awake and alert for the day I feel
Ready to get writing and adding my thoughts
And through the days I will continue to shine
Never would I think of drinking an eel
Instead, only you I drink in milky knots.
Oh yeah. An Ode to Half & Half. Why can’t we write Odes to whoever and whatever we want? Why should it have to be something amazing like a soulmate or Mount Olympus? I mean, by definition an Ode is:
1. A lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter.
2. A poem meant to be sung.
Just because some of the most famous Odes are about things the author loves, does not mean it always has to be. For example, I can write an Ode about pluralized things like shoes, eyelashes, stickies, blades of grass, pants, scissors; or I can write about mundane things like toasters, refrigerators, paper, mugs, dummy books; or locations that encompass much bigger parts of the world like schools, hospitals, airports, countries; or even people like…oh, I don’t know, anyone.
I don’t think I have actually written an Ode since my senior year in high school. That was 10 year ago now. I like Odes. They are almost a randomly patterned poem, but of course patterned otherwise they couldn’t be called an Ode. They’d be just called a free-form poem.
There are plenty of types of poems to be able to express one’s self:
And this is just 55 to name a few. Hmmm, maybe I’ll go down the list and write one of each. Hmmm.
What do you think?
Enjoy and Reed.