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Death Of A Poet

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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 09-12-99 10:51 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Death Of A Poet

“Why are you writing?
You’re wasting your time,
You’ve no sense of rhythm,
You’ve no sense of rhyme.”
“You’re misleading yourself,
For poetry’s an art.
You write much too simple,
You write from your heart.”
“People won’t read it,
They’ll just turn away.
Your words are too boring,
You’ve nothing to say.”
“Give up your dream,
No writer you’ll be.
Relax and admit it,
Why can’t you see?”
So with sad heart,
She put down her pen;
Gave up on her writing
All her dreams and then,
She built up some walls
Behind which to hide;
Wrote her feelings no longer;
And inside she died.
The death of a poet,
Over which no one grieved,
She would have kept writing,
Had someone believed.

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"The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anais Nin

[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 09-12-99).]
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth
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1 posted 09-12-99 11:09 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I believe, Hoot. Something we should all think of.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."



[This message has been edited by Elizabeth (edited 09-12-99).]
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2 posted 09-12-99 11:13 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This speaks volumes! Not only is it a good poem, it says a lot about what effect someone's opinion has on the way we feel about our writing. How many of us (including me) have let others sway us into thinking our work is not worthy?

I believe in all poets here!
hoot_owl_rn
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3 posted 09-12-99 11:31 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Elizabeth...thank you

Poet...how very true. I gave up writing for over 14 years because someone didn't believe, told me my work stunk, told me to "Loose the dream". I literally died inside. I'm glad I believed enough in myself to write again after all those years. Since, I have begun to make a small name for myself as a poet in the publishing world, so much for giving up on my dream.

My advice to everyone is..."don't worry about whether others believe in you or not, yes, that is wonderful and it is a big help, but the key is...BELIEVE IN YOURSELF"
By the way...I believe in everyone on this forum!!!

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"The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anais Nin
Master
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4 posted 09-12-99 11:34 AM       View Profile for Master   Email Master   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Master's Home Page   View IP for Master

I definitly believe in you...
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5 posted 09-12-99 11:38 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I am glad you do! I have often felt my work is not "good" enough. I would show some poems to friends, and they had nothing nice to say. That is not the case now, thankfully, but often I am wary of showing my works to others. Thank God for Passions in Poetry.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."

hoot_owl_rn
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Elizabeth, thank you very much

Master...what a nice thing to say, I'm blushing here

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"The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anais Nin
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hoot_owl I love this poem...I was there myself, and not only was my poetry not good enough, nothing else I did was good enough either. I did as you did, and stopped writing for years. The day came when I had to know who I am...I didn't know, and no one could tell me either. So pen in hand, off I went to find out. Glad I did ...Glad you did too, friend

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
U K Hero
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8 posted 09-12-99 12:59 PM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

Tremendous hout_,

And its right its one that we can all liase with…

Excellent…
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9 posted 09-12-99 01:24 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Another great one Hoot! BTW, what is the secret to getting something published. I've followed all the 'rules' of publsihers' etiquet regarding subject matter, length, style and of course the 'sacred' SASE and I've never even had the courtesy of a reply from any of them! Is this common?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Denise
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Wow That was a wonderful poem :-) you have real talent. Keep at it.
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I am glad,Hoot, that you believed in yourself enough to return to your writing...I,for one,do so enjoy reading your wonderful work.......

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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12 posted 09-12-99 02:40 PM       View Profile for Buzzygirl   Email Buzzygirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Buzzygirl

This strikes a chord within me, someone who is just now finding the courage to let loose with her own poetic voice after being so unsure for so long-- a little encouragement goes a long way. Thanks for elucidating this so well, hoot. It's only my second day here, and already I feel so uplifted by the poems of everyone who contributes here. Thank you! - Buzzygirl
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Great poem Ruth.

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Yes, I admit your general rule. That every poet is a fool:
But I myself may serve to show it. That every fool is not a poet.

Sue
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14 posted 09-12-99 07:05 PM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

How can someone with your talent ever be persuaded that she is no good? Don't ever let it happen again, about anything.
I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!
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Hoot, can't find the bottom of replies! LOL
You have touched me and seems a lot of others with this poem. That is how I feel, like my words are nothing, no big thing. I don't feel to confident in my writings...
Your work is moving and well written, beautiful!! I don't think there is a thing I have read that you wrote that I haven't liked. I am glad that you started to write again. God bless ya Hoot!!!!
I know I get disheartend when I read something to my mom, who also writes, and she says uh huh! Thanks mom. ya know?
Thanks for writing this piece.
Angel Rand
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Hoot those ppl who told you to stop, must have been blind and deaf! I love your work! But I know what it feels like all too well! I am glad I found this place if only to get some inspiration by you ppl! You all have such wonderful talents and I am flattered and encouraged when you read my stuff! Who ever it was who came up with this place, THANK YOU! I love it here!
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Thank you each and everyone of you...The talent portrayed here in this site is unbelieveable. Thank you all for your overwhelming support and for being my friends.

Denise...if you want to know about publishing, e-mail me, I'll be happy to give you some info.

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"The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anais Nin
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Excellent poem once again. I look forward to them all.
Tyson
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Thanks Hoot! I'll do that as soon as my e-mail gets straightened out. I can receive but not send. I've been putting it off, as I don't relish the thought of being on terminal hold with 'support'. One day soon though. Perhaps you can tell me what I am doing wrong! I've read all the books, followed all the rules,always sent an SASE
and responses? Not a one! Thanks again!

[This message has been edited by dsnyder (edited 09-12-99).]
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This poem definetly deserves another chance up front. After finishing it all I could think was "ouch." Truly one of the most tragic things that can happen, the stifling (sp?) of one's soul and spirit. Thank you hoot.

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hoot_owl_rn
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Bewulf.....I am in total agreement!! Thanks for the bump back up

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"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer" ~Albert Camus
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Hoot:

Why are you writing..sorry to quote you back here...but..this is my answer but using your words...

"For poetry’s an art.
You write from your heart.”

and you mean every word....

HUGS



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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

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23 posted 09-16-99 12:27 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Welcome back to life, and thank you for the inspiration... to never quit!
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24 posted 09-16-99 12:33 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

Thanks for inspiring me to continue to want to write!! I do not intend to give up, I hope to just get better!!

I loved it!!





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"Is she living in a dream, Is she playing make-believe???"
Justbleu

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