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Below is the poem entitled A Poem Formula EVERY POET SHOULD READ which was written by poet Crystal Cross. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I was lying in bed
Trying to sleep late one night
A small spark,
Nagging & prodding
In the back corner of my mind
Slowly forming into more
Then a solid idea strikes a cord right then
Taking shape & quickly growing
With each minute that passes me by
Not leaving
Until I have it written down
Quickly reaching to grab a pen & notepad
smoke rising steadily
From the sheet
Inspiration has struck
Giving birth to a poem

~I'm sure every poet has had an experience just like this one :) And ironically that is
exactly how that poem came into existence. Thanks for reading

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  1. Date: 5/20/2010 9:48:00 AM
    Why does it always come at night. I also keep a pen handy but more often than not I tell myself I couldnt possible forget such brilliance..dont write it down and.. poof..gone in the morning. Enjoyed. BG

  1. Date: 5/20/2010 5:37:00 AM
    Crystal, This is exactly howw my "Kool Kats" was created. To this day I think was possessed For the poem just seem to write itself and I had not changed a single word. It's one of my favorite poems. Good write hon ... keep on keepin' on! Patty

  1. Date: 5/19/2010 8:20:00 PM
    Inspiration comes to me at the oddest times. I can't just sit down and write poetry. I have to be "hit" with it. You describe that feeling very well, very good..............Karla

  1. Date: 5/19/2010 8:12:00 PM
    Couldn't agree with you more, Crystal. I described the same poetic formula in "Inspiration Taps Softly." Sometimes the ideas come just as we're falling asleep and then it's nearly impossible to rest until we capture the thoughts. Very nice! Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/19/2010 8:08:00 PM
    You are correct, Crystal. I know it happened to me a few times. Some of my best efforts. Rgds xxx Ralph