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Introducing myself…. (1 reply)

2 weeks ago
Lila 2 weeks ago

June 5th, 1953

Lila van der Raadt 2021


Born under the beam of tractor lights,

on a “dark and stormy night”.

Frightened siblings in the Ford

mother praying to her lord

to save her from another child

she knew this one was very wild!

This one made six

she could not fix

her broken world

so she thanked her god

it was a girl!

Susan Katz
2 weeks ago
Susan Katz 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing.  This is a delightful poem!  I like the journey you take us on and I loved your ending.  If I were to suggest anything, it would be to try to tighten and smooth our your rhymes.  While poetry, of course, need not rhyme, I understand your desire to tell your story in rhyme - it adds a kind of "poetic" emphasis.  The one place I think needs a little editing is:

to save her from another child

she knew this one was very wild!  (this line is a little off in "rhythm" - perhaps something like "fearing this one would be wild!")  Just a suggestion.

Thank you so much for being a part of https://www.poetladykatz.com - and I look forward to seeing more of your work.  Your friend in poetry, Susan

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