Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

About Richard Thomas

After discharge from the army, I became a high school business teacher and coached several sports in a small town in Southern Pennsylvania. Years later I switched to teaching in the middle school and discovered that almost all of the poems in the reading textbooks were free verse. As a boy, I'd been fascinated by the rhymes and rhythmic cadences of Poe, Kipling, Whittier, etc., so I began to write my own rhymed, metered poems for my classes.

Years later after retirement, I discovered several poetry-sharing web sites and began to write poems for adults. All of my poems are rhymed and metered--usually iambic or anapest, my favorite.
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    Poems by Richard Thomas

  • Gullible Guy

    • Published: April 1, 2024

    in Rhyming Poems

    I'm a pigeon and pushover, patsy and prey
    Who's persuaded by pitches of grifters to pay.
    I'm a con artist's picnic and flimflammer's feast
    Who is fooled and finagled and flummoxed and fleeced.

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 10
    • Favorited 0
    • Votes 22
    • Rating 4.05
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    Definitely deserving as the winning poem this month! Congrats Richard!! While I'll never be able to relate on your vocabulary level, I can certainly join the ranks of the well-described...

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  • Summer Camp Souvenirs

    • Published: June 2019

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    When I got home from camp today,
    My parents almost died.
    They asked me how I got this way,
    And here's what I replied:

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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 8
    • Votes 382
    • Rating 4.27
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    It is really a beautiful poem which blends childhood imagination, narration, and joyful experiences.
    "It is some terrific summer camp,
    The coolest one around."

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  • Brother Trouble

    • Published: October 2018

    in Family Poems for Kids

    Of all the burdens I must bear,
    My brother's number one.
    Our parents really messed up there.
    They've raised an awful son.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 1510
    • Favorited 21
    • Votes 255
    • Rating 4.25
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    A beautiful poem with childhood memories, both positive and negative. The experience of many younger brothers, I guess.

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  • A Child's Goodnight

    • Published: October 2018

    in Poems for Kids

    At night the sun lies down for sleep
    And crickets sing a tune.
    The bullfrogs croak and creatures creep
    Beneath the watching moon.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 979
    • Favorited 17
    • Votes 145
    • Rating 4.32
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    The poem clearly depicts a child's thoughts at night. Regular rhythm and rhyme reflect the rhythm of sounds of nature as well as the other rhythmical sounds coming from the surrounding.

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