Emily Cut Her Own Path

Emily cut her own path,
danced to her own time.
She could write in
the preferred meter of the day
and add classic rhyme,
but she went away
from the poetry of her day.
Proper looking — the portraits portray,
she had a rebel’s spirit
— broke the rules,
went her own way.
Cloistered
with a fantasy life,
her head and heart rife
with slant rhymes
and broken lines
and meter gone astray
and poetry that
was here to stay.
Thank goodness her
sister found all the
unpublished pages
so Emily could live
as one of the poetic sages.

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