Fay Slimm.






Key-stone of much conformity
hides in banality while
trite persuasion phrases straight
formalized lines.
Break with staid and difference
will strip tightly laced
to let in un-restraint and stretch
mere credulity.

Breach convention, invite insight,
then watch back-to-front
scribing turn mental somersaults
to violate customary.
Peer squint-eyed, allow curiosity
to welcome the Muse 
revitalize by refusing an orthodox
commonplace pathway.

Sail out of a usual, bathe in oddity,
find rarer anomaly,
peruse free-style then decide on
being less ordinary.
Leave safe-shore solidity, sound
down with the lateral,
adopt mind-sets of dissimilarity,
leave norm on the ground.


Twist to seeing back-sidedness
fly by versing profound,
think more about quirky and less 
toward the accepted. .
Keeping an ear close to authentic 
reveals the path so let
less trodden add its own flavour 
to what is poetic.



  • orchidee

    Good write Fay.
    I tried this on a literal walk. I didn't quite get the hang of it. I took a not-much-trodden path and nearly fell in a ditch. Use your common sense, Orchi! lol.

  • Lorna

    Quirky is best.............

  • dusk arising

    Well i think it's kind of obvious I'm going to agree with every word of this fine piece.
    I often try to step into a jungle of thought yet finding the right words to fulfill a feeling still seems a huge compromise and leaves me dissatisfied but none the less i post... and move on.
    As much as i shun a lot of the oldie stylie of poets with their sweet rhyming lines, there are those who wish to strictly adhere to those rules and formats. And grrrr those who wish to include arithmetic in number counting silly bulls to achieve some weird japanese equasion or other.
    Takes all sorts i guess.

  • L. B. Mek

    didactic in tone
    yet not - a clone,
    generously shared wisdom and a good read as well

  • Neville

    No one that can hold a pen, or tap a keyboard key .. and certainly not a single one who loves this art form we call poetry .. is going to find fault or argue with you Fay .. but agree & applaud ya wholeheartedly .......

    Neville ... x

    • Fay Slimm.

      Dear Nev. - What a generous and poetic comment after reading what is somewhat verbose - -- thank you enormously for your applause ....... x


      BRIAN HERE ~ Thanks FAY ~ Point taken ! Angela & I are very much bound up with the things of TIME & SENSE ~ consequently if & when we do post it is very much *POEME CONCRETE* like todays Ecological Poem on the Beauty & Purpose of Wasps ~ in the form of a Pantoum ! Some of the comments have been interesting ~ justifying the time & effort ! We believe it balance some of the more abstract Poems (like your Gem !) posted today. We can only write about we know & feel ~ OK ! We are once again plunged into COVIDISM mode because Essex has been upgraded from Level 3 to 2 so there is no socialisation ~ SO SO SAD !

      Blessings & Peace & Joy & Love

    • Goldfinch60

      Good write Fay, we may have so many different types of poetry but all are aiming to bring our feelings onto paper for others to read.


    • jarcher54

      Being a nonconformist in most every respect myself, I'll diverge from the crowd just a bit to note that trying too hard to be quirky can lead to a different sort of predictability. But you said it best when you urge authenticity, which is the source of much invention and beauty. Rules are not so much meant to be broken as transcended.

      • Fay Slimm.

        How very true your view on rules my poet-friend - - being and staying authentic is far better for any serious writer - - thank you so much for looking in and reading Revitalize.

        • jarcher54

          Nor do I disagree that every bit of your piece is good advice for an emerging artist of any kind! I conceive of it rather as courage, but that's too abstract to be as useful as your sage guidance.

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