Roadie Poet: Not a Poet


Welcome to you who are stopping in to celebrate National Poetry Month with Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit. Since many of you are first-timers here at The Meet and Greet, let me tell you a bit about what’s going on.

I’m Susan Helene Gottfried, author of a couple of books that you might like, and — more importantly today — the creator of a fictional poet who hangs out on these blog pages. We call him RP, or Roadie Poet — yes, he’s a member of a rock band’s road crew (thus, the roadie part of his name) who happens to report his adventures in free verse. Here’s his latest adventure.

Pettr the sound guy
walked up to me.
Asked how I was

I stared at him.
Birthday’s not yet.
Tour’s not ending.
Nothing to celebrate
with me
and More.
We’re still feeling each other out
Just dating.

“National poetry month,”
Pettr said.
“Seeing as you write poetry
and all.”

I told him
I don’t

I tell stories.

He nodded.
Like he didn’t believe me.
Clapped me on the shoulder
And walked away.

I wanted to go after him
Show him what I write.
It’s not poetry.
Nothing rhymes.
There’s no rhythm.


It’s not poetry.

It’s not.



  1. Savvyverseandwit

    April 5, 2010 8:46 am

    Love it! Thanks for taking part in National Poetry Month! I appreciate it. I see you linked up and emailed yourself your own link for winabook…so I’ll be tweeting it later…etc.!
    .-= Savvyverseandwit´s last blog ..Welcome to National Poetry Month =-.

  2. rhapsodyinbooks

    April 5, 2010 9:35 am

    Very nice!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..International Children’s Book Day =-.

  3. Amy

    April 5, 2010 10:16 am

    And yet it is. 🙂

  4. Online Publicist

    April 5, 2010 10:17 am

    I’m new to poetry and I’m thrilled that I’m taking part in Serena’s blog tour because I’m learning so much! I’ve always been a bit afraid of poetry, but I loved this one and will definitely be checking out more!

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    .-= Online Publicist´s last blog ..fuzzy corners and blue/gray backdrops =-.

  5. Ann (bunnygirl)

    April 5, 2010 11:04 am

    In spite of his denials, RP gets it.
    .-= Ann (bunnygirl)´s last blog ..Steal Tomorrow Flash Fiction – New! =-.

  6. Anna

    April 5, 2010 12:54 pm

    It’s not poetry? Whatever you say, RP. 😛
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday — April 5 =-.

  7. Celticlibrarian

    April 5, 2010 3:35 pm

    Poetry is
    what you make it.

    A perfect chord
    The sun
    over the horizon
    A puppy’s
    goofy smile
    The star strewn sky

    Poetry is
    .-= Celticlibrarian´s last blog ..Five Things for the Week – April 4-10, 2010 =-.

  8. Sheila Deeth

    April 5, 2010 11:21 pm

    Slowly learning what national poetry month is, and even writing poems. Nice to find your roadie.
    .-= Sheila Deeth´s last blog ..Welcome =-.

  9. karenfrommentor

    April 6, 2010 5:29 am

    Enjoyed meeting an imaginary roadie. “Poem” is just a state of mind. I enjoyed visiting this state.
    .-= karenfrommentor´s last blog ..A poem for you, yes, you =-.

  10. carol

    April 6, 2010 10:45 am

    Loved it.

    On a side not, thanks for stopping by. I was hoping I described “yinzer” right. It doesn’t truly apply to me, but we’re close enough that we hear the phrase all the time.

  11. Valerie

    April 6, 2010 10:26 pm

    I love all the diverse posts I’ve seen on this blog tour so far. RP is something different! Nice to visit your blog!
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..My Recent Reading and Bookish Thoughts. =-.

  12. Thomma Lyn

    April 7, 2010 12:43 am

    I love Roadie Poet. He’s got a lot of rhythm and a delightful way with words. Like a certain gal I know who writes about a rock band named ShapeShifter! 😀
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Tadpole Time in Tennessee! =-.

  13. Julia Smith

    April 9, 2010 12:33 pm

    You know how much I love Roadie Poet. I’m very excited that he’s taking part in National Poetry Month! I guess I should boogie on over there, myself…
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..5 on Friday – Set 9 =-.

  14. Alice Audrey

    April 10, 2010 12:25 pm

    I can’t believe I missed this before! Ugh!

    Roadie, you just keep believing what you do, and telling us those stories. We love it.

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