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Below is the poem entitled Affirmation which was written by poet ilene bauer. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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We cook a meal or buy a gift
Or stitch a lovely quilt,
But if there’s no acknowledgement,
We feel our spirits wilt.

We sing a song or act a scene
Or glaze a pot or paint;
Indifference coats accomplishment
With just a tinge of taint.

We often put our souls out there
In rapt anticipation
Of compliments or patted backs
Or nods of admiration.

But doing what we do just needs
An audience of one,
For only we can truly judge
The work that we have done.

We run a race or write a poem
And know that we’ve succeeded
And really that should be enough – 
No affirmation needed.

But human nature rears its head
And laughs at such displays,
Reminding us that everybody
Likes a bit of praise.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 10/27/2013 5:33:00 PM
    To much acclaim, we are the same in needing constant praise. There's just no sense in recompense to play a different game. As long as we are breathing air we'll always want some more. So when somebody says good job, lets hope we're not bore.

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 10:09:00 AM
    AMEN!!! AMEN AMEN!!! I need the praise. You are going to get some for this amazing poem. WONDERFUL WORK HERE, ILENE! Loved it. You are a great write. Thanks for your visits and love....HUGS

  1. Date: 10/13/2013 9:27:00 AM
    So true, dearie. We all want affirmation but regarding gift giving and charity, it's the one who does it with no thought of reward who will reap the greatest reward.

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 2:27:00 PM
    I will always shower you with praise. Your poems brighten up my day and it amazes me how you are able to write such gems so prolifically. Your mind is a gold mine. I really wish you would publish your poems. I would put your book right next to my other favorite poet Ogden Nash. And I'll keep piling on the praise for if your head get too big I'll see it as even more room for you to develop future masterpieces