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A Poet's Pain

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Michael
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0 posted 08-17-99 12:12 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

A POET'S PAIN

For years now I have wandered,
A man bereft of dreams.
With bitterness and frustration
Ripping me apart at the seams.
A child in time - standing still,
No destiny to manifest.
Losing all ambition, hopes and will
To live, or die, at best.

And I often wonder if other's wonder
Of the man I used to be.
Or if I'm just feeling sorry for myself,
A perverted cry for sympathy.
But I do remember standing proud,
My head held high and unashamed.
A solid rock, a song sung loud,
My destiny self-proclaimed.

But ain't that the life of a poet,
Passion, the name of the game.
The pain, well I couldn't forego it,
So I gave her my last name.
Tearing the emotions right off the page
And wearing them on my sleeve.
Now looking back through a lover's rage
Seems like it was all just make-believe.

That's what happens when you open your heart
For someone else to fill your needs.
Blink once, your world's been torn apart,
And it's only your soul that bleeds.
You find trust is a four-letter word,
And most every vow's been broken.
Still, the coldest lies I never heard,
Those idle words left unspoken.

They say hindsight is twenty-twenty,
But surely there's no future in the past.
So I'm spreading my wings for tomorrow,
Ever the enthusiast.
And somehow should another ever even come close
To stealing this heart again.
She'll never know it, I'm back to being a poet,
She'll just have to steal my pen.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 08-17-99 12:16 PM       View Profile for pen of passion   Email pen of passion   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pen of passion

I loved this poem! I wish I would had written it. My pen needs more passion! Great work.
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2 posted 08-17-99 12:18 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Keep spreading your wings, Michael... great poem!
Nan
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3 posted 08-17-99 01:45 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Michael - I hope you love again - but I'm not letting ANYONE snag that pen of yours.....
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4 posted 08-17-99 02:12 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Well...I've never been known to be a thief, but after reading this, I might certainly reconsider ! As long as Nan doesn't smack me!! LOL ****blushing*** Absolutely fabulous, darling!! I think I'm IN LOVE with that pen of yours! What is it - a Paper*Mate ? I'm headed to Walmart right now to BUY a pack so I can have a little "fling" with myself tonight!!! If you ever quit writing Michael, I will personally come to your house and spank you ! Uuhhh, I take that back....(snicker)

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- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet

Skyfyre
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5 posted 08-17-99 03:25 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

This is great ... the last line was brilliant! But what woman in her right mind would want to take that pen away?

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(When I hear the bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")
Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 08-17-99 03:43 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Michael,
you have ground this poem to the sharpest edge. A craftsmans Job. Well done.
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7 posted 08-18-99 02:08 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

I've never claimed to be in my right mind, Nochtdraco, my dear ! (twitching slightly)
Gotta...um....gettum....his...um....pen! (Only because I'm **fascinated with it, not to keep him from writing, I'll steal his and loan him mine! See?

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- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet

Poet deVine
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8 posted 08-18-99 10:04 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Michael, this is wonderful. But I think your poet's pen comes straight from Heaven, for if anyone has a gift from God, it's you! He blessed you with a rare gift that you, thankfully, share with us!

(You might want to put that pen in your pocket so PFF doesn't get it - no! Wait! She'd love to reach in there - ok, find another place for it! But HIDE it!)
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9 posted 08-18-99 10:16 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Oh deVine, you are SO funny ! You know me too well! You're right - Michael, a shoebox would be safer...good advice you got there!

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- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet

WhtDove
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10 posted 08-18-99 01:01 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Wonderful work! Maybe you could just let me borrow that pen huh?
Alwye
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11 posted 08-18-99 04:09 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Very brilliant!!! I truly enjoyed this!!

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*Krista Knutson*

"If I could be an angel, I'd make your every wish come true. But I am only human, just a woman lovin' you..." Trisha Yearwood

Michael
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12 posted 01-15-2000 10:48 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

I bring this up to the top merely because this is where pFF won my heart what seems like an eternity ago.  Gen, if you read this.  I love you so much...and am proud to see the change you have made in me, looking back to this piece.  Thank you for being you.


Michael
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13 posted 04-17-2004 01:24 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

I wonder where you are

miss your writing
TexUS
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14 posted 08-08-2004 02:04 PM       View Profile for TexUS   Email TexUS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TexUS

WOW, very powerful!  Enjoyed every word.
 
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