On the Importance of Timing

I hesitated posting this today, because I already posted just two days ago, but I felt the timing was significant. 😉

Copyright © 2013 H.K. Longmore

Others have said it, and they’ve said it well
But an accusation that mine ain’t swell
(What is wrong with his timing? Everything.)
In jest, perhaps, is the reason I fling
Words out in iambic pentameter
As I ponder timing’s role, dear reader.

When the timing’s right, it is the reason
Your motorized vehicle runs at all,
Why your chainsaw prepares for cold seasons;
We call some graceful dancers at a ball.

When it’s off, some jokes fall without a laugh,
Some musicians will have to hide their gaffe;
But set it right and accidents avoid,
Catch your tongue before slips described by Freud
Escape your lips to cause social mishaps,
Stop a spill before it lands in your lap.

By your good timing, crimes in progress stop
Whether by interference or a cop.
Good timing is required for conception,
Fast friends form from well-timed introductions.

Apply right timing and head over heels
Can calm until you hear wedding bells peal,
But if you delay or the timing’s wrong
It may be that all you’ll hear is “So long”.

So it would appear my words at me yell
To fix my timing, if what’s wrong he’d tell.

3 responses to “On the Importance of Timing

  1. Esther Longmore

    I like it! One that I can actually understand without deciphering code! 😉

    • Deciphering code… ha! It’s just easier when I have 10 syllables per line to make things more clear than it is when I restrict myself to say, four words or four syllables. But it’s good to know I can probably fall back on iambic pentameter to get a like out of you. 😉 Maybe I’ll write one in code, or embed a code in one, and see if you can spot it.

      • Esther Longmore

        I don’t think it was the meter as much as the words used that made it easier to understand. But what do I know? I’m no poet. My poetry extends to things like, “No more rhyming and I mean it!” “Anybody want a peanut?” 😛 Pretty sure if you write one in code, I’d gouge my eyes out. You know how I feel about that stuff!

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