Quote of the Day: Listening

George Watsky is a very talented slam poet/rapper. Jake and I binged on his YouTube videos last night and this line has been stuck in my head ever since.

“If you suppose your speech is ‘normal’, then your impediment is listening.”

-George Watsky, S for Lisp


A Forgotten Poem

The other day I was browsing through the documents on my computer, and I came across this poem I wrote for a class freshman year. I believe we were discussing heroic couplets. I had completely forgotten about it.


To get to my friend I walk across town,

And usually arrive as the sun goes down.

Even when I’m home there’s no guarantee,

That I have time for a walk, just him and me.

He peaks through the window as I walk to the door.

I have not seen him in a month or more.

He greets me with excitement! He jumps and whines,

As if saying, “Where have you been all this time?”

Though my life’s been hectic, I can finally relax,

On my walks around town with my dog Max.

A Spontaneous Limerick

As I’ve mentioned before, my friend Jake and I frequently find empty classrooms in which to hang out and do homework. (By the way, you should check out his new blog here) Lately we have been collaborating on poetry, both for assignments and just for fun. This is usually a long process, in which we fill every available bit of marker board with ideas for lines, rhyme schemes, possible words, and syllable counts.


Jake writing out one of last night’s poems/checking his phone.

Last week, we were writing a villanelle about a boring class for an assignment. It was taking us longer than usual, because not only did it have a strict rhyme scheme, it had to be in iambic pentameter. About halfway through, we spontaneously wrote this limerick along the same lines (sorry, mild swearing):

I’m falling asleep in class;

This professor is kicking my ass.

I stifle a yawn.

What page are we on?

There’s no way I’m gonna pass!

Of course this one only took us about five minutes, but it’s one of my favorites that we’ve written so far.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the original assigned poem, posted on Jake’s blog.

As always, comments and feedback are awesome!!