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hoot_owl_rn
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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 tune 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.


 Have you ever noticed
That the words...
"Goodbye"
"I'm sorry"
"I love you"
Are so easy to pronounce
...Yet so hard to say
~Javan
© Copyright 2000 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Echo Rhayne
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1 posted 02-08-2000 01:09 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

WoW Ruth, this is saddening.  It is amazing how what people can say, can kill us inside and eventually out.  All it takes is one person to believe, God I know that from experience.  But then again I am also stubborn so when my poetry always got put down I just tried harder and harder until I came to the poetry point I am at now LoL (which still isnt good, but oh well).  This poem is so sad, but thank you for reposting!

 Just be glad I'm not your child! *evil grin*

Michael
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2 posted 02-08-2000 01:13 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

I remember this one well, Ruth.  Struck me hard the first time I read it...still does.  Thanks for the refresh. well worth looking at again.


michael
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3 posted 02-08-2000 01:22 PM       View Profile for poetry_kills   Email poetry_kills   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit poetry_kills's Home Page   View IP for poetry_kills

*wipes away a tear* i know far too many people that have followed this exact path... this is so very saddening and yet so realistic... i hope that i can do my part in helping to encourage budding poets...

hoot_owl: i absolutely love the final stanza... very powerful...

sincerely,
jerome the mysterious priest

 A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
~Coleridge


Elizabeth Santos
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4 posted 02-08-2000 02:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

What is good poetry? If just one person was moved, or shed a tear, or smiled at your verse, it is good poetry, and worthwhile. Sometimes I can't relate to the most noted of poets. It's sad to think that a poet would stop writing because of what somebody said. I have many poems that I have never shared with anybody. They are hidden in the depths of my hard drive. They were still worth writing, though they will never be seen.
This poem saddened my heart
Though very beautifully written, as always
Liz
HelmutB
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5 posted 02-08-2000 04:20 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

I read
I see
I wonder is this true
I hope the pen will never run out of blue
In case you think your poems not worth the read
My friend I tell you one of these:
I'm a simple man by heart
I love to live and do my art
For me you are a poet of words so deep
Now get back to writing before i do here weep
I cherish every line
For me those lines are THE devine
Poets like you have fromed this place
It's you that I embrace
The words may seem hollow that I inked
But It is my heart to you it linked
So hear my words so simple as can be
We all can never be without thee

I case I did miss understud the posting of this poem
Forgive my words for I shall roam
On my knees to let you feel
This poem sounded pretty real
You painted well so there you go
Simple words , effective show (show as in luck of a better simple word)  
Hugs and Love





  

 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

Danny Holloway
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Never give up your dream, the moral of the story.  Anyone who truly loves you loves your dreams as well, and helps you make them come true.
hoot, your usual good work.  I visited your website and signed your guestbook.
DH
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7 posted 02-08-2000 10:16 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

The blindness of that man still to this day in thought amazes me.  But then consider the source.  Your the greatest Ruth dear....

 There are two kinds of pedestrians...the quick and the dead. Drive it like you stole it.

Meadowmuse
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Hoot Owl, I love your message in this piece, and commend you for staying true to your heart and craft.

Claire
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9 posted 02-08-2000 11:16 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

It was a great day when you picked that pen back up my dear friend! For you have touched so many with your words! This is very sad, but shows what one voice, one person, can do to someone else! I'm so glad you stopped listening to that! GREAT BIG HUGS!!

 <*\\\><

When you can't make up your mind
Which way is right for you,
Stop and softly ask yourself,
What Would Jesus Do?
hoot_owl_rn
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Thanks everyone, this is an older poem of mine and actually is based on fact. I'm glad I had the courage to pick that pen back up.
Let this serve as a reminder to everyone to choose our words a bit more wisely in regards to others, sometimes what we say can make or break the person  
Wizzard
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11 posted 02-09-2000 09:04 AM       View Profile for Wizzard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wizzard

It`s sad to think that word`s alone can break another`s Spirit.
But what`s worse is to think that someone would try and break another`s Spirit.
Im guilty of being on both ends.
I agree that we (pointing finger at self) need to be careful with our words.
Nice job


 Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Tony Di Bart
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12 posted 02-10-2000 11:00 PM       View Profile for Tony Di Bart   Email Tony Di Bart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tony Di Bart

Thanks for posting this one.  I think every poet has these same thoughts. I know I do.  But, I no way want to die inside.  

Thank God for the internet and this forum.  Now no poet ever has to die.

G. A. Webb
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13 posted 02-10-2000 11:16 PM       View Profile for G. A. Webb   Email G. A. Webb   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for G. A. Webb

I believe.   Great poem, I really fealt this one. Bravo!  

G

 Regret not that which you have done,
Rather that which you haven't

Eloise
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14 posted 02-10-2000 11:29 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

And to think what we would have missed had you not picked up that pen again! Ruth, this is one of my favorites of yours.  Comes right from the heart.  Thank you.
Justbleu
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15 posted 02-11-2000 03:11 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

I remember reading this before.... I still like it a lot!!  It's sooo sad, but such a good poem!!  Thanks for reposting!!!  

Bridgette


 Creation of woman from the rib of Man: She was not made from his head to top him; nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him; but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved."
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16 posted 02-11-2000 05:54 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Ruth-
Well, it's a darned good thing for us
that you didn't listen to that scalawag !
And when he comes begging ...
DON'T AUTOGRAPH HIS COPY !  

A point well-made in regards to
the words we lay on another's heart.
Why, I've pulled poems out of people
who were sure they didn't have one
in themselves.  It took one friend of
mine eleven years to come up with the
poem I told her she owed me.  
Now no one can stop the flow of her ink.

In EVERY person there is a poem,
waiting to be penned.
Thanks for this poem, Ruth.
What an inspiration.
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
noles1@totcon.com


lucky
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17 posted 02-11-2000 06:26 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Yes Dearest,

This... is as Marge said (((GOOD))) all the world is a stage and we'er all players, such a pity to think we're not all writing what were playing..!
JOY 14
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18 posted 02-11-2000 11:20 AM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

This struck close to home.  I have felt this way, and it is a terrible feeling.  Believing in yourself is the only way to go sometimes.

Joy
Martie
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Ruth, wonderful poem.  I think sometimes a little adversity can make us better then we were.  You, in my mind, are marvelous!
Gemini
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20 posted 02-11-2000 11:08 PM       View Profile for Gemini   Email Gemini   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gemini

Hoot, A sad and exquisite poem.  I too am glad you decided to forge ahead and write, you write with your eyes and see with your heart.  Thank you for the beautiful poem.
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