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Poet deVine
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0 posted 2000-06-17 11:24 AM

Why must I write at this hour
while other mortals sleep?
When all is quiet I will arise
and to my computer will creep.

So full is my soul of words unspoken
of feelings I must share
I rise again in the dead of night
and begin my poet’s prayer

Deliver me from pedantry
from silly limerick ways
give me depth and heart and love
and sometimes, give me praise

© Copyright 2000 Poet deVine - All Rights Reserved
JOY 14
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1 posted 2000-06-17 11:43 AM

You have my vote on this one.  


X Angel
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2 posted 2000-06-17 12:30 PM

PDV I always loved this poem, and too well at 3 AM last night I felt it. Tho' a poem just wouldn't happen. Kudos my friend.
I'm voting for this one!

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3 posted 2000-06-17 01:10 PM

this will be on page one i think yuh always a standard fave of mine
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Floating gently on a cloud....
4 posted 2000-06-17 02:47 PM

You have my vote for sure-this is great!!! I love it!

Love and hugs,

"Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."

Member Rara Avis
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5 posted 2000-06-17 02:58 PM

Brings back memories.  

As I recall (and correct me if I'm wrong, Sharon), this was originally posted at the Mining Co. forums, where we first met. It subsequently became the opening poem of our very first newsletter...


Poet deVine
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6 posted 2000-06-17 03:03 PM

Ron, you are right..and it's the 'anchor' poem on my web page...I did write it in the middle of the night!  
Sudhir Iyer
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7 posted 2000-06-17 05:12 PM

Poet deVine,

You sure get my Vote on this one...

Lovely poem.

Regards, sudhir.

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8 posted 2000-06-17 05:40 PM

Great choice Sharon   This has always been one of my favourites of your poems and I'm sure is one that all poets can relate to... that compelling urge to write which stops you doing anything else until those words are out of your head and onto paper.

Chalk another vote up....

"We are the music makers and we are the makers of dreams." - Willy Wonka.

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9 posted 2000-06-17 06:25 PM

You got my vote here Sharon...


Never be a carbon copy of anybody...make your own impressions. - ANON.

JOY 14
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10 posted 2000-06-17 07:10 PM

sorry. forgot to cast the vote.
Janet Marie
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11 posted 2000-06-17 07:59 PM

this is perfect and Im glad you reposted it..
as many of us have not seen it...
yes, my bast inspiration seems to roll in at night...I call it my 3 am ache  
perfect poets prayer indeed.

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12 posted 2000-06-17 10:03 PM

I always loved this one too  . Got my vote!


"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
~Henry W

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13 posted 2000-06-17 10:07 PM

I love the wry humor and not-so-hidden neediness of this one. This would be great on page one -- sort of setting the tone for what's ahead.


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14 posted 2000-06-17 10:15 PM

So it's an oldie eh? But most definitely a goodie! I remember this one  
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15 posted 2000-06-17 10:34 PM

Praise be to Poets' Prayers - Praise it is...
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16 posted 2000-06-17 11:11 PM

This should be on the back cover!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde

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17 posted 2000-06-18 01:16 AM

I think this should be somewhere in the beginning. I think its best left to the pro's as to where in the beginning.  
Loved this as always, Sharon.  

Nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love. Who can predict his comings and goings? "Thoreau"

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Purgatorial Incarceration
18 posted 2000-06-18 01:27 AM

THIS definitely HAS to be in the book!!!
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19 posted 2000-06-18 10:39 AM

This is very cute, PD!!  I agree with Christopher!!!!  


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Kit McCallum
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20 posted 2000-06-18 10:41 AM

Ah, the wee hours of the morn, while other's rest, we poets play! Beautifully penned Poet deVine, absolutely loved it!

Best wishes,

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21 posted 2000-06-18 11:02 AM

This is so wonderful....Sure captures the essence of the wee hours, when those words pop in and need to be written.  Bonnie
ellie LeJeune
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22 posted 2000-06-18 05:16 PM

Wonderful! That's when I do my best writting too, with Gods help always. Ellie
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The Hague, The Netherlands
23 posted 2000-06-18 05:36 PM

I've read this poem in the Pub, on your web page and now here. I'm still loving it.  
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with you
24 posted 2000-06-18 06:52 PM

Poet~ this is definately page #1! So great.   -SEA

Live,Love,Laugh :) ~SueB

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25 posted 2000-06-19 12:33 PM

Hey! Is it wrong to vote for the same poem twice?

This one deserves it

All my love,

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

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26 posted 2000-06-19 12:36 PM

yipes jeffrey stuffing the ballot o no i hope your kiddin..Grins
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27 posted 2000-06-19 01:48 PM

page one gets my vote too  
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28 posted 2000-06-19 11:21 PM

Certainly is a winner in my book!
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29 posted 2000-06-20 12:59 PM

Always loved this one!  

linda munday
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30 posted 2000-06-20 02:08 AM

Ah hah! Brilliant!  Have to get up in darkness, just to write one line, before it's forgotton.  Writing poetry draws us into it's black hole, useless to resist.

On totally unrelated subject, and out of pure desparation, (please excuse my ignorance) but how do I post a poem?  I'm getting desparate..please help! I know it's probably oh so easy..first timer here...Thanks.

[This message has been edited by linda munday (edited 06-21-2000).]

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31 posted 2000-06-20 02:17 AM

dear poetdevine,
     quite lovely... a lighthearted little work about the torment of the poetic mind *hehe* definately strikes a true cord with me... cept i tend to prefer pen and paper... ever sat up in the middle of the night and needed to write something down so fast that you hadn't time to look for a light switch?  boy, is it hard to interpret writing like that the morning after *hehe*...

a sad tomato

you're such a beautiful freak... i wish there were more just like you...

linda munday
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Adelaide, Australia
32 posted 2000-06-20 02:22 AM

Hey I did it,,posted one, called Sunrise Kisses.  Now am I in the right
Thanks anyway...Linda

X Angel
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33 posted 2000-06-20 02:24 AM

I once wrote a snippet to a (later written) poem, under the headlights of passing cars as I was riding down a long stretch of dark country roads with my hubby/kids...if I hadn't of written it then and there I'd have lost it totally by the time we reached home..lucky hubby was tolerant of my hasty etchings on a napkin LOL
He dunno what to do with me at times  

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34 posted 2000-06-20 02:39 AM

I need not waste time saying anything more about this poem other than that it was just great.

After all, what is reality anyway? Nothin' but a collective hunch.

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35 posted 2000-06-20 05:38 AM

a well deserved vote for a simply wonderful poem

As i lay to sleep~
i pray my muse will still stay~
Never Writer's Block

another poets prayer senyru for you hope u like

Jon Mewett
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36 posted 2000-06-20 02:16 PM

Pdv only one word here.



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37 posted 2000-06-20 02:26 PM

Excellent. So poetic yet so cleverly realistic.


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38 posted 2000-06-20 02:55 PM



~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

Elizabeth Santos
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39 posted 2000-06-21 08:37 AM

Great Poem, YEP!
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40 posted 2000-06-21 02:02 PM

Well I thought this has a lot of replies, and does it need mine. Just in case, another vote will surely help... So many to read, I'm not going to assume that the gems will be found and voted on. Well atleast this one was. Great job, I now remember it from before and eveynight that I can't sleep.  


Dark Angel
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41 posted 2000-06-21 05:22 PM

Sharon, beautiful absolutely, I think we can all relate to this. You've got my vote  

My grief lies onward and my joy behind

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42 posted 2000-06-21 07:26 PM

This poem has to be like the forward or something!!  Or at the very least. . . first in the book!!

Great one deVine. . .


That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

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43 posted 2000-06-23 12:11 PM

Yep... what everyone else said.
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44 posted 2000-06-23 11:26 AM

Okay, I agree with all the rest - however (yeah leave it to me to be the lone dissenter... hmmmm... lone dissenter?  I should wear a mask and have sidekick... uh... sorry, wandered off there....)

I would change computer to something else, desk, table, anything else, to make this poem truly universal for all poets everywhere, because not all use a computer.  It works wonderfully as is, for those of us here at Passions or other computer poetry pages (why any others exist beyond Passions is beyond me....)

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway

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45 posted 2000-06-23 11:29 PM

This is the perfect poet's lament. Wonderfully done, and very deserving.


the poet's to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name ~ Shakespeare

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46 posted 2000-06-24 09:53 PM

A wonderful poem and prayer, Sharon!  


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47 posted 2000-06-24 10:08 PM

This is great! You've got my vote.
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48 posted 2000-06-24 10:57 PM

Much, much praise for this, Ms. Poet! Perfectly, poetically parleyed!  

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

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49 posted 2000-06-25 01:26 AM

A great poem! has my vote.
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50 posted 2000-06-26 02:53 AM

Excellent PdV,

Take my vote!

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51 posted 2000-06-26 05:14 PM

My vote is cast!


I'm grabbing my hat and coat
I'm leaving the cat a note
Quick call me a ferry boat-getting out of town!

Danny Holloway
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52 posted 2000-06-30 10:22 PM

PdV, would you please turn off that darn computer and come to bed?  hehe  
(sorry, couldn't resist)
alright, i'm in my PJ's, but i'll vote anyway!

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53 posted 2000-07-01 01:13 AM

Wonderful poem...yep this is a poets prayer  
Great read

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

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54 posted 2000-07-01 03:08 AM

Truly, truly lovely and thoughtful.
We so appreciate you and your talent.

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

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55 posted 2000-07-05 09:59 AM

What more needs to be said about this one... Was magical the first time I read it - still is.  Sorry I'm late, btw...  


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56 posted 2000-07-05 10:00 AM

OOPS - forgot to check the "vote" box - got it right this time... hehe  


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