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Epitaph Of A Nameless Poet

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Michael
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0 posted 03-16-2000 03:51 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

EPITAPH OF A NAMELESS POET




Here lies he who on this day died.
Who had no shame, lo worse, no pride.
Who loved to write but sold his pen
To meet merit of other men.

The challenge met, not withstanding,
Only cost of understanding.
In perfect meter laid to rest
Forgotten with life's works in jest.

His manuscript, a lemming's song
Society could ne'er call wrong.
Stacked upon the insipid heap
Of soulless rhyme now six foot deep.

All eyes closed to the burning truth
Of passion his pen held in youth.
Identity lost to the game
Of perfect poetry and fame

Eternal anonymity,
Accounted to conformity.
Emotion forfeit to acclaim,
This poet died without a name!

Michael Anderson



 For all behind was dark and drear,
And all before was night and fear.
How many hours of night or day
In those suspended pangs I lay,
I could not tell; I scarcely knew
If this were human breath I drew.

Lord Byron






[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 03-16-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
X Angel
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1 posted 03-16-2000 04:45 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

I love this! Do we go quietly? NAY!
Your situation produces some incredible poetry my friend
*HUG*
~X~
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2 posted 03-16-2000 04:53 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

"A lemming's song"....How in the world did you come up with that? Nuts! Wish I had thought of it!

Excellent writing, Michael.
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3 posted 03-16-2000 04:56 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Never nameless, Michael... your work is too beautiful! *G* (Which means all of us have plenty of names for you, all products of jealousy! LOL)
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 03-16-2000 05:47 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Micheal,
This poem is a clasic. It shows inspiration.
One of the finest thing I've seen you do.
And I agree with Balladeer about the lemming.
A wonderful creative line. Bravo
Mistikman
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5 posted 03-16-2000 06:17 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

As long as even one person remembers you, you shall never be a nameless poet. Luckily, you have a whole forum of people here who will remember you. Excellent work here Michael.
Marilyn
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6 posted 03-16-2000 06:52 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Dear Lord in heaven hear my prayer,
As we watch this soul laid there.
Ne'er let conformity,
Give me any boundery.

Let my words reach forth in strength,
Stretching forth to any length.
Ne'er let me lose this game,
Like this poet with no name.
Michael
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7 posted 03-16-2000 08:32 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

X-Angel, well hell no we don't go quietly!!!  we'll go in a blaze of glory!!!

Balladeer, uh, you can credit the "lemming line" to Mikey - He plays that game all the time - kinda reminds me of the human "rat" race...LOL

suthern, this epitaph wasn't actually meant for me - but for the poet who sells out on his emotion and what he holds true to please a critic.

Sy, thank you - believe me there was plenty of inspiration behind this one.

Mistik - thanks my friend.

Marilyn, you got the message loud and clear.  Thank you so much for the poetic reply.


Thank you all for the kind replies.
Michael

Nan
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8 posted 03-16-2000 08:39 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

How the heck to you write as much as you do, as often as you do - and do it all so well???

Huh? Huh???
Butterflies_dont_cry
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9 posted 03-16-2000 11:02 PM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry

Very beautiful Michael. You once again defy the boundries of great poetry.
Meadowmuse
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10 posted 03-16-2000 11:13 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Excellent theme and portrayal, Michael. Ironic that I read this tonight, as I received a note from an editor this afternoon who "suggested" some rewrite edits that I was uncomfortable with. I can say, earnestly, that I made the right decision, and what a reinforcement this piece was to read. Thank you.  

~ Claire
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11 posted 03-16-2000 11:14 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Michael, knock em dead! You've been putting out some excellent work, where is all your inspiration coming from? As I sit here dry as the desert     hehe
jbowie
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12 posted 03-16-2000 11:33 PM       View Profile for jbowie   Email jbowie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbowie

boy, once you get an idea you sure do run with it. Cool beans.
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13 posted 03-16-2000 11:51 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

You shall never be nameless! No matter what..I see great things in your future. Remember, I knew you when!!!.....  
devina
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14 posted 03-17-2000 12:13 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

Now I KNOW you're not talking about yourself here sweetie...there won't be a day where I won't remember your name...the poem was soulfully good-(don't think soulfully is a word, but I used it anyway- now I can be remembered as the blonde that can't spell!!LOL)

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...



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hoot_owl_rn
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15 posted 03-17-2000 12:14 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

Wow...you go Michael!! Both of these are great  
BluesforNarada
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16 posted 03-17-2000 04:56 AM       View Profile for BluesforNarada   Email BluesforNarada   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesforNarada

Truly a magnificant poem Michael. One of the best I have read for a while! Keep up the good work - and maybe one day time will tell you in your heart who the poet was.
angelswing
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17 posted 03-17-2000 05:35 AM       View Profile for angelswing   Email angelswing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angelswing

Great poem, but on the subject of conformity, Is it right to anti-conform against conformist views, and also, is not anti-conformin, realy a form of conforming any way ? therefore is not the whole value of life a parody ? Kind of makes you think don't it ? Cool poetry I expect to see good things from you .
L.Of.L . Tom .


 With poetry as your weapon - express your iner feelings so all may carry your sorrow, united as one .
Elizabeth Santos
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18 posted 03-17-2000 09:35 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Conformity of thought is not your game
Creativity will never be the same
This couldn't be wrought by any other name...
Than Michael
Liz
 
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