How long does it take you to write a poem?

Yes a common question, how long does it take to write a poem? The easy answer is of course, "How long is a piece of string?" Some poems have only four lines some poems go on for ten pages in my case. I write stories in verse at times. So I think the quickest would be five or ten minutes and you never have to change it. It all comes out in one single bit. In other cases I've had to keep poems for years because I had three quarters of a poem, but I couldn't find the ending or there was a bit that wasn't any good. I remember when my daughter Jessica was six going to a school assembly, which was about time and I stood at the back of the hall with other parents watching the little children do a show about time, digital watches, calendars, the phases of the moon and they did a little play with a six-year-old little old grandma, hurrying her family through the day and I made notes at the back and the notes that I made effectively was a poem called 'The Infants Do an Assembly about Time' so that poem took me the time it took to write those notes which was perhaps ten minutes.


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