Knackless

 

Knackless

Whether you have talent is a subject that is moot.
So far you’ve written nothing that has won you much repute.
All the latent talent that you’ve meant to expose
has turned out to be nothing  but the emperor’s new clothes.

Your instruction manuals have ended up intractable,
and all the plays you’ve written have turned out to be unactable
All your readers joke that instead of a word user
you’ve proven repeatedly that you’re a word abuser.

 

 

 

Prompt words today are moot, expose, tractable and user.

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

24 thoughts on “Knackless

  1. SAM VOELKER

    Knackless~??? Who ME~?

    Oh your too long missive makes me feel so bad
    I gave it every effort and knowledge that I had.
    But if you now insist, and are going to be that way
    don’t ever ask me again if I want to play~!

    I would say more but too busy crying~!
    Bet another correspondent would tell you it should be hyphenated~!
    There, now I feel better~!

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        1. SAM VOELKER

          Interesting~! I have read Candide several times and still have trouble finding him alive after he was dead…I remember having a problem writing a report on it… I really do not much like writing reports on books because I tend to say what I think~! I wonder if the Russians cleaned up his work from French. I also had problems with reading the simple “Treasure Island”, wow what a terrible job of writing~! Good thing that I am no critic. You may have seen my statement about Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, Wow~!
          There are several books that I like, and would like to write a review on them, but I will not, because (dammit~!), I tend to say what I am thinking, but then I guess you all already know this. In poetry you can get away with being a jerk, but in reviews it is more difficult. I got in trouble just a couple of days ago and I was trying to do it in prose~!

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            1. SAM VOELKER

              Oh you must remember the sexy part, , , which today would be moot, but to a teenager who still looked up dirty words in the dictionary and perused the Sears and Roebuck catalogue it was somewhat sexy~! Oh I confess~!, !; but then, at least for me, it was more fun back then~! In a way “Playboy”, “co-ed dorms”, panty hose, and even “short shorts” ruined everything, maybe that is one reason kids no longer read the classics for edification the way we did~! And on the opposite end, “Wonder Woman comics” were one of my favorites because I did have a broad expanse in my education, and I think that my mom thought that men had “dirty minds”~! We didn’t, we were just trying to figure it all out~! Oh I just remembered that “beget thing” in the bible~! I did write a poem about that, when I was about 17, if you are interested.

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          1. koolkosherkitchen

            I know how this feels, Sam. I have hated writing book reviews since Middle school, even though I was lucky to have a wonderful teacher who tended to overlook the fact that I could not write prose. Everything I wrote somehow became poetry, including book reports and compositions. Eventually, she gently suggested that I forced myself to write prose, otherwise I would have trouble in college where professors might not be as understanding and forgiving. It was a challenge, but I did it, and was able even to write short stories.

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            1. SAM VOELKER

              Oh wow we found a common problem, I often find myself thinking and talking in rhyme, it sometimes becomes a handicap and often dumb to everyone else except myself. BUT I found in school, especially in such subjects as history, if I put study facts to rhyme those complicated dates places names etc just flowed at test time. I wish I could do this same trick with peoples names and places, but it backfires. But my dog Tami likes it, often the only one. Some years back I had the bright idea of writing a book on history in a combination of prose and rhyme, thinking that students would love it and learn difficult items faster, better, remembering them longer… What a dumb idea, I found that I was possibly the only person who found it interesting…
              This was to be a book about a person little has been written about , in fact maybe none when I first wrote about him, General James Wilkerson a despot of the first degree, who was guilty of many tricks. He suckered Aaron Burr into the problems he had, in Louisiana (other than the dual) among other things, and then made him the patsy when things got too hot (sound like Trump~?)…he wanted to be made governor of Louisiana for all the valuable open land deals that could be made in the new territory. But Lewis was given that position, then after he ended up dead, Wilkerson got the position, he had been the one who assigned to Louis’ his guard detail, who somehow managed to be missing when Louis died. I wanted to inter-space prose with rhyme to keep the story and interest going. Actually after I wrote most of the book, much more information came out showing this man for who he really was.
              You can find an example of my effort here: https://mcouvillion.wpcomstaging.com/2021/04/09/meriweather-lewis/

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            2. koolkosherkitchen

              Thank you for providing the link, Sam. I really enjoyed the excerpt, and yes, it looks very much like my school compositions. Your rhymes flow so naturally, it’s a pleasure to read.

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      1. SAM VOELKER

        I often confused “Candid” with Boccaccio’s “The Decameron”, as they kind of take similar paths. Hay, they were also self isolated due to a “Virus”, Wow, glad I don’t have to write a review on that~!

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