Half & Half is My Friend

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:

ABC
Acrostic
Ballad
Ballade
Blank verse
Bio
Burlesque
Canzone
Carpe diem
Cinquain
Classicism
Concrete
Couplet
Dramatic monologue
Elegy
Epic
Epigram
Epitaph
Epithalamium
Free verse
Found
Ghazal
Haiku
Horatian ode
Iambic pentameter
Idyll
Irregular Ode
Italian sonnet
Lay
Limerick
List
Lyric
Memoriam stanza
Name
Narrative
Ode
Pastoral
Petrarchan
Pindaric ode
Quatrain
Rhyme
Rhyme royal
Romanticism
Rondeau
Senryu
Sestina
Shakespearean
Shape
Sonnet
Sound
Tanka
Terza Rima
Verse
Villanelle
Visual

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.

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