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JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
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South Louisiana


0 posted 12-22-2017 07:49 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2


poems are not our friends
sometimes
we sit and ponder
we ponder and fret
hands poised o'er the keys
praying in our own personal way
to write
a better poem
better than the last one
even the last ten
for
we become complacent
because every once in a while
magic flows from our brains
to the fingers
tapping, tapping such profundity
such . . . ah, noblesse
above and beyond commoners
such a poem speaks
on a higher plane even than the poet
who signed his name to it
then, of course
comes the drought
find yourself striving for the same
adulation
the hand clapping
the same hear! hear! and
stand poet, take a bow
the drought, however, has no mercy
and you, the poet
shrivels into an uncompromising shell
fighting the words
words which laugh at you
words which
from the distance from your brain
and the keyboard
has lost its dynamic force
instead of standing proudly
in the midst of
lackluster, anemic words
a reason to hold their own heads up
and shout
to the world
look at me! look at me!
that once dynamic word
remember it
fades into a blandness
unseen by this poet
where are the words
the magic
the profound lines
not there so you write on anyway
tripe
minor league
did I say tripe
gone are the accolades
the whispering in the shadows
genius
master wordsmith


yeah
it all goes so quickly

ŠJerry Pat Bolton


~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
© Copyright 2017 Jerry Pat Bolton - All Rights Reserved
Bluesy Socrateaser
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since 11-07-2002
Posts 1300
In The Mirror


1 posted 12-22-2017 11:20 AM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

quote:
"gone are the accolades
the whispering in the shadows
genius
master wordsmith

yeah
it all goes so quickly"
As you know, it took the sting of death before many writers and artists received they're 'due', not the least of which was Emily Dickenson.

Enjoyed your thought provoking words, Jerry.    

...just bein' Bluesy

JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
Posts 16424
South Louisiana


2 posted 12-22-2017 12:10 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

My thanks, Bluesy for stopping by with you thoughts.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
since 10-10-2009
Posts 8604
Fair to middlin'


3 posted 12-22-2017 12:49 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Well, apparently you rode that pretty high horse long enough to tell about it. Myself, I'm only able to look at it and say "My, what a pretty horse!"
Remember your best with gratitude. And do not take to heart the things age steals from us, it steals with indifferent impunity.~L
JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
Posts 16424
South Louisiana


4 posted 12-22-2017 12:55 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Hah! Leave it to you to cut to the chase, Lori. Thank you very much for stopping by. Good to see ya.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Poet In Pink
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since 05-18-2017
Posts 734
MI


5 posted 12-22-2017 05:15 PM       View Profile for Poet In Pink   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet In Pink

That is the way of life my friend ~ So best enjoy it and write it as long as we can   Much enjoyed reading Jerry ~ Alana
JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
Posts 16424
South Louisiana


6 posted 12-22-2017 09:13 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

You are saying the truth, my friend, and thank you for it.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

ethome
Member Patricius
since 05-14-2000
Posts 11852
New Brunswick Canada


7 posted 12-30-2017 05:03 PM       View Profile for ethome   Email ethome   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ethome's Home Page   View IP for ethome

Great summation Jerry and very much the truth.

Good to read you again....

true love never looks after it's own interests

JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
Posts 16424
South Louisiana


8 posted 12-30-2017 08:52 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you my friend. Yes, I'm still around, not as vibrant as before, but hanging in.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Krawdad
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since 01-03-2001
Posts 2680


9 posted 01-06-2018 01:21 PM       View Profile for Krawdad   Email Krawdad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krawdad

or then, when you are just about to cap off your best stream of consciousness of late, your machine has a hiccup and you lose it all . . .
wins sublimate and disappear like snow in January.
JerryPat2
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South Louisiana


10 posted 01-06-2018 02:13 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Hah! You said it all, Krawdad,  thank you for stopping by . . .
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