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Action Without Traction Poem

As I have stated many times, poetry and wordplay are the best of friends. We should never pass up an opportunity to play with language. The more we practice, the easier it becomes.

This poem contains a lot of action words. This is deliberate. Verbs are the muscles of writing- they do the heavy lifting.

I have chosen words I frequently 
hear used in everyday idiomatic language.

I have quite deliberately tried to reposition them to deliver a different kind of message. I had fun creating a picture of Felix focusing on his somewhat questionable behaviour. 

Action Without Traction 
Felix was a fitness fanatic
Who spent his days-

Leaping to the wrong conclusion
While jumping the gun

Racing against the clock
And skipping meals

Bending the rules
And skirting issues

He would throw tantrums
And dash all hope

Felix was spreading the word
While catching his breath

Bouncing ideas around
And frequently stretching the truth

In such questionable action
Felix gained little traction

Alan j Wright

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  1. I do love wordplay and enjoyed your use of action verbs in this poem. Thanks, Alan!

    1. My pleasure Jama. So glad you liked my adventures with wordplay.

  2. I can see why you had fun creating this poem! It's great fun to read as well!

    1. Thanks Molly. It appears we had some fun with this little creation.

  3. Fun poem Alan– I enjoyed your scrambling words around a bit

    1. Thanks Michelle. It's fun to do a bit of word scrambling from time to time. For me it remains a joy. I can be serious too, but wordplay is a hoot!

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    1. Then I have achieved my aim as a poet Buffy. Thanks.


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