Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Critic

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The critic gives a bad review
Another play won't get its due
"The leading actor tried too hard
He isn't worthy of the Bard!"
The actor's back on waitstaff crew.

The painter unveils his new work
Our man critiques "It has a quirk!
"His recent work is amateurish!"
Dismisses it with a flip flourish
Walks away with a smug smirk.

The critic loves to boldly bash
The new composer's piece-"It's trash!
I couldn't stand a single note!
The woodwinds bleated like a goat!
I'd prefer to hear cars crash!"

The singer gives it all she's got
The critic says, "Her voice is shot!
She shouldn't be up on the stage
At her geriatric age!
Bring on a girl who's young and hot!"

The writer publishes his book
Reviewer barely takes a look
"The plot is dull, the language stale
This author's work will surely fail!
One more word I cannot brook!"

Others' work the critic judges
Their successes he begrudges
He lives only to berate
For his own art he can't create
Through such a hollow life he trudges.

submitted for Poetry Potluck-Muse, Art, Music, and Poetry at Jingle Poetry

Thank you Jingle for all of these awards!!!       


Anonymous said...

Well, that darn critic ruins so much beauty. Then again, sometimes we are our own worse critic.

Anonymous said...

LOL! This is by far my favorite so far for the potluck this week! You have managed once again to use that sharp wit of yours and style an excellent piece of work. :-D Loved the image and the poem!

Olivia said...

Awards n accolades.. huh? You are so deserving indeed!

I loved your critique piece! Does he know he too has been critic-sized..? lolss

This one so different.. parts in limericks?
I just loved the whole post.. absolutely mindblowing..!

The lighter side of intense poetry.. :)
Hugs xox

Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

Ah ha! Two negatives does make a positive.
Critiquing the critic, how refreshing and a very cute.

The Book of Shadows (The Dark Side) said...

Your poem made me smile.. gave a little laugh in-between... *hahahah* nice write you got..

Lyn said...

Really a perfect portrait of someone who lacks everything but nerve!! great insight..love this!!

Anonymous said...

critics- not all are qualified.. as for me, i am immune.. i just write on.. my potluck.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/a-chinese-love-story/

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed! My sympathy goes to the sour critic and my respect to constructive one :)

Anonymous said...


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PhotoDiction said...

Of course the best critics always find the good. And the ones that can't must lead such miserable lives, don't you think? The rhyme in this helps to give the piece and less serious bent - much like the view one should take of critics! Thanks for sharing.

Butterflies of time said...

oh! the poor critic, what a job he has, to dampen spirits and ruin aspirations.But I do appreciate the refreshing angle- you have written the poem so well.

M. A. S. said...

The actors back on waitstaff crew- Great.
That's a fun read.

Uma Anandane said...

Its six Limerick in a row...great ones.Love them all

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...


you rock!
creative soul!