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0 posted 2000-06-18 10:36 PM

Is not necessarily by Thoreau
Or for that matter Keats or Shelley
Or Edgar Allan Poe
It might not be amongst the
Dusty books there on the shelf
The greatest poem you ever read
May just be written by yourself

Did you ever write a poem?
That just made you softly sigh
Was there that one emotion
That made you bittersweetly cry
Is there one that was born to you?
That made you wholly believe
Words weren’t born long time ago
You yourself can conceive

This poem that I am writing
Is not the best there ever was
But few poems can do for me
What my own poetry does
When you think of Percey Shelly
And when you think of ole John Keats
Remember theirs is their own
Even if...
You wish to match their feats

I hope the poetry you respect
From that which you have grown
I hope the best poem you ever read
Was one you call your own

[This message has been edited by wayoutwalt (edited 06-19-2000).]

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1 posted 2000-06-18 11:01 PM

I loved this poem the first time around and I love it now  . It's one of my favorites.


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2 posted 2000-06-19 12:50 PM

I well remember this one Walt! I love it still buddy    Great submission
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3 posted 2000-06-19 01:08 AM

Walt~ this is really great!   -SEA

Live,Love,Laugh :) ~SueB

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4 posted 2000-06-19 01:59 AM

Hey Walt. This reminds me of a poem I wrote a waaaay long time ago called "the best poem in the world is not this one." But you blew away my attempt. Let's here it for articulation. Love the feeling in truth in this one.


Sudhir Iyer
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5 posted 2000-06-19 11:23 AM

Hey Walt,
I read this the first time around and was so happy to have done so, the second time, I am pleased that you decided to give this for the book...

Regards, sudhir

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6 posted 2000-06-19 01:51 PM

well I don't think I will have time to vote 500 times...but lol, I like this getting to vote for your favorites  
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7 posted 2000-06-19 02:31 PM

I remeber this beauty from open..
its an AWESOME poem..
yes it should represent your work!!!

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8 posted 2000-06-19 06:54 PM

have I not ever liked one of your poems? I don't think so! Great job!

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9 posted 2000-06-20 05:52 AM

interesting title that pulls at this reader, eagerly anticipating to read the poem

lovely the sentiments and so very well expressed...isnt that the reason why all poets write?

a poem that warms my heart and grabs my vote away

well done, wayoutwalt...

Kit McCallum
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10 posted 2000-06-20 06:08 AM

I loved the thoughts in this Walt!  The whole premise of the poem is wonderful ... loved your closing!  Really well done!

Best wishes,

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11 posted 2000-06-20 06:13 AM

Yuh !  
For lots of good reasons !

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

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12 posted 2000-06-20 10:15 AM

Yuh, always liked dis one. Uh huh.


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13 posted 2000-06-20 11:43 PM

big smiles thank you all
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14 posted 2000-06-21 03:38 PM

when i read this the first time, i printed it out and i keep it on the bulletin board for inspiration.

you can have my vote any day of the week, walt.

We all got somethin' we need to atone for.

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15 posted 2000-06-21 03:58 PM

I'm fairly new here, but I know when I see your name I'm going to smile. This one is great and definately a keeper. It made me think about something I was starting to forget. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to print this one for myself.
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16 posted 2000-06-21 04:29 PM

o yuh...yuh know this one is going


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17 posted 2000-06-21 06:44 PM

dear wayoutwalt,
     i could call it my own, but that would be plagarism *heh*... i think you've got something to be proud of there though... there's a checkmark in the vote box... i'll have to look up some more of your work...

a sad tomato

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

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18 posted 2000-06-21 08:24 PM

A poem that speaks the truth.  


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19 posted 2000-06-21 09:38 PM


This is by far my favourite poem by you, very well written!  A wise poem indeed, I hope to see this in the book  

Take care,
Melissa Honeybee

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20 posted 2000-06-22 06:17 AM

How do you do it?
This is great work.. nice flow.  I liked it a lot.  
And what is that thing you're in front of in your picture?  I keep looking at it, and I still don't know.
It must be from Linda M.

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21 posted 2000-06-23 12:07 PM

add one more vote...
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22 posted 2000-06-24 06:46 AM

Back to the top!!!!  just so I could vote...
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23 posted 2000-06-25 11:46 AM

How did this get all the way to page 3!!  Can't have that around here!! Back to the top with ya!!!    This was wonderful!!!! Loved it Walt!!


"Somewhere, somehow, it should be possible to touch someone and never let go again. To hold someone, not for a moment but forever." Unknown

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24 posted 2000-06-25 11:52 AM

This is one of my favorites of yours, Walt, although all of yours bring me a lighthearted smile or a heartfelt tear. Well done, Walt!  


p.s. I forgot to mention that I love how your title is the first sentence of the poem....I'll have to try that myself on a future piece!  

[This message has been edited by dsnyder (edited 06-25-2000).]

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25 posted 2000-06-25 02:17 PM

Yup I remember this one
Good choice walt

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26 posted 2000-06-25 03:48 PM

I hope the poetry you respect
From that which you have grown
I hope the best poem you ever read
Was one you call your own

a wonderful poem Walt, one for the book definitely.

"An abyss that lasted creation A circus complete with all fools
Foundations that lasted the ages Then ripped apart at their roots"
joy division

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27 posted 2000-07-03 08:41 PM

And there is the epitome of this Walty - and I wholly identify...

good stuff, my friend....


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28 posted 2000-07-04 10:35 AM

WOW, O yes!


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29 posted 2000-07-06 01:25 PM

Actually, the best I have ever read, may possibly be from you!
~~nice creative writing~~
I hereby stamp this book material!

A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.

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30 posted 2000-07-06 02:31 PM

Well, yeah, I did write the best poem I ever read . . . but also most of the worst ones . . .
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31 posted 2000-07-06 06:03 PM

this is one of your best, walt... but of course! YOU wrote it! hehe...


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32 posted 2000-07-06 08:54 PM

This IS... The Best Poem You Ever Read...
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33 posted 2000-07-06 09:36 PM

Love this Walt!


Reflect upon your present blessings-of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~Charles Dickens

We make

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34 posted 2000-07-10 06:04 PM

AWESOME!! Walt, I'm glad I found this one  I don't know how I missed it. You have my vote dear  

Yes, I am here, but I am dead, not alive,
my body goes on, my spirit has died
and I though alive, feel dead inside.

"Rose Petal"

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35 posted 2000-07-11 10:54 AM

Hey Walt,

Just read this one again. Don't know why it slipped past on the first read. It really is an appropriate and very enjoyable poem and deserves a place in the book. You said it all for many of us.

Thanks, my man

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36 posted 2000-07-20 11:35 AM

I only read this because of its title.  Of course it caught me off guard.  I thought you were bragging that this would be the "best you ever read."  Instead it reminds you to believe in your work.
good job

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37 posted 2000-07-20 11:49 AM

I think it should be front page in the book. AWSOME poem!!!!!

With God all things are possible.

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38 posted 2000-07-21 03:01 AM

Hey walt so glad you submitted this one, tis one of my favs  

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It is the harmony of the universe

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39 posted 2000-08-08 11:53 PM

Wonderful Walt!  You have my vote!  

*Krista Knutson*

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