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All the World's A Stage

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
Posts 865
Texas


0 posted 10-11-1999 01:36 AM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

All The World’s A Stage II

All the world's a stage-
Is what Sir William said,
I guess that every actor
Approaches it with dread.

The poet like the actor-
To audience does play..
Will they applaud his efforts?
Or will they say him, "Nay!"?

To touch the hearts of fickle fans-
Takes more than merely skill.
For one must play to moods you know?
And vagaries of will.

For what, one time, will draw applause
The next time gets a yawn-
Oh, what to do? Oh, what to say?
Dilemma lingers on.

Dost seem that one could specialize
In love, or ode, or prose-
Describe the grace of yonder maid-
The smell of yonder rose...

Perhaps I'd best be versatile-
Like artiste with a brush-
Instead of merely being me-
'Tis better if I'm us.

Sometime my heart is far afield-
In foreign land and clime-
Perusing long dead warriors tales
In far and distant time.

At other times I woo some lass-
In shady, summer bower-
And toast her beauty with my words
Bestow upon her flowers.

And yet at other times you know
My thoughts go drifting back-
Mistakes I've made, friends I've known
Along life's weary track.

Ah, what to write? a question that-
And who can really say?
For what might hit the spot tonight-
The morning finds blase'.


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~GS~
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Balladeer
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1 posted 10-11-1999 02:10 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well, the only path I know to fulfillment is to write for oneself. If others enjoy it, so much the better. Someone once said "Only a fool writes for money". Whoever writes only for audience approval can't be far behind.

It IS nice getting positive feedback, though, isn't it?

Well, your poem made me think....always the sign of a good piece of work.
Kelly
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since 07-03-99
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2 posted 10-11-1999 02:54 AM       View Profile for Kelly   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kelly

You have my applause.
Dragoness
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since 08-07-99
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3 posted 10-11-1999 03:32 AM       View Profile for Dragoness   Email Dragoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Dragoness's Home Page   View IP for Dragoness

Great read! Nicely done!

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Set you heart free and your mind will follow.

Sunshine
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since 06-25-99
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Listening to every heart


4 posted 10-11-1999 10:58 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

To be alike another here in this forum, and yet wholly separate and individual - you are garnering some fervent and loyal readers, dear Sir!
hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
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Glen Hope, PA USA


5 posted 10-11-1999 02:14 PM       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

Nicely spoken and oh so true
Nan
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6 posted 10-11-1999 05:11 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

That surely is true - and Balladeer has the right idea - not just in our writing - but in our philosophies of life as well....
 
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