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Epitaph Of An Obscure Poet

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Michael
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0 posted 03-16-2000 07:48 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 AN OBSCURE POET


Here lies he who on this day died.
Who held his pen as he held pride.
In ink letting emotion go,
Not confounded by rules of flow.

The critics came, the critics saw,
Pointed out each and every flaw.
The meter here, the rhyme scheme there,
The obscurities everywhere.

But never would this poet give.
‘Er writing dead that soul may live.
His gift for those who understood,
More than enough to call it good.

No fame sought there, nor perfection.
Just tokens of the heart's reflection.
Shared among his closest friends
In memory that never ends.

Lesson given for all of you,
To thine own poetry be true.
For though Death call us each the same,
At least this marker bears a name.

Michael R. 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).]
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1 posted 03-16-2000 07:52 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Wow, this is a wonderful, heart-felt poem, although it may be a little early to be writing a epitaph...

 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
Mistikman
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3 posted 03-16-2000 07:56 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Indeed, the only person who needs to understand your poetry is you. Also, better to be too obscure then too obvious, IMO  
Excellent as always Michael
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4 posted 03-16-2000 08:01 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

incredibly true.

~X~
Seymour Tabin
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5 posted 03-16-2000 08:36 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Micheal,
You are on a roll, your last two poems were incredibly good. Bravo my friend.
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Michael, they're both incredibly good...
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But never would this poet give.
‘Er writing dead that soul may live.
His gift for those who understood,
More than enough to call it good.

No fame sought there, nor perfection.
Just tokens of the heart's reflection.
Shared among his closest friends
In memory that never ends.
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M, these two Epitaph poems are absolute brillance...and this one says so much to me...yes, write for our selves...for the emotions we need to express, for the healing it allows us and for the freedom and forgiveness that accompanies the healing.
as always, in awe of you
janet marie

 Now for me some words come easy
But I know that they don't mean that much
Compared with the things that are said when lovers touch
You never knew what I loved in you
I don't know what you loved in me
Maybe the picture of somebody you were hoping I might be
jackson browne


Marilyn
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8 posted 03-16-2000 10:53 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

umm Michael. Where do you find the stamina? I replied in verse to the last one but I can not keep up with you, my friend.  

There is nothing left unsaid in this piece so I shant try to respond in verse.  
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9 posted 03-16-2000 11:10 PM       View Profile for jbowie   Email jbowie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbowie

hmmm.. and obscure zinger lays in here. I very much enjoyed this, and the inherent message for those who need to understand the nature of poetry rather than the form it takes
hoot_owl_rn
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10 posted 03-17-2000 12:13 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

Excellent verse my friend  
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11 posted 03-17-2000 12:21 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This is so true...alot of times some really good poets stray by worrying over format...or because critics push them to it...won't go to that subject though...he he

This was a great follow up Michael...We all know that your heart lies within each line you write...tis why it's so special!!!

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

Michael
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12 posted 03-17-2000 12:10 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

LoveBug, truth be known it's probably a little late.... LOL

X-Angel, you're incredible.    

Marilyn, It's not stamina, I just never sleep.

jbowie, Indeed.

devina, Yeah the critic thingee's been quite a touchy subject of late, hasn't it...LOL  Your heart is very special to me too, dear.    


Thank you all for the kind replies.


Michael




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