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Ode to Poetry Critics (Co-written with James Fraser)

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Ode to Poetry Critics (Co-written with James Fraser)

Wipe that silly grin from your face, boy
I am a woman, but certainly not a wimp
Watch me roll with the punches, tough guy
It'll take more than your words my style to crimp

    Hey, babe, your style really sucks
    Call that art, I have seen kids write better
    Have some heart, instill it in your writes
    Feel the moment, feel those letters

My feelings are there, you just may not relate
If you can't grasp my intent, too bad for you
I write from my heart, not from a man's head
I know what I'm saying, you just haven't a clue

     Oh, i see you have posted another piece
     Let me read and determine my thoughts
     Excellent shape and so true to form
     This definitely has plusses, you must be man taught

Hold on, joker, no man has influenced me          
Dickinson and Teasdale are among the finest
Your thoughts on my work I'll disregard
Your views on poetry reveal your blindness

      The last write you wrote, has invited my see
      It has clearly shown, your writing to be
      Scope, shape and the form you have written
      I have scrolled to your past, and I am sorrowful smitten

No more condescending from ye on the throne?
What was it that made you feel superior?
And, furthermore, what gave you the right
To make any poet feel inferior?

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  1. Date: 2/8/2011 5:24:00 PM
    You and James put together a great descriptive rhyming work here. I'm going to choose this one as a personal favorite.

  1. Date: 4/2/2010 3:37:00 PM
    Carolyn wins this one. James changed his rhyme in his last verse. Great writing though. Thank you for your comments on my Easter Story. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/31/2010 8:17:00 PM
    Well put you two:) On that note I would add what qualifies a poet to judge and rank other poets in the member contests? I could never bring myself to distinguish and rank other people's work. Obviously if it's in a lighthearted spirit than we're all just having fun. But then I've noticed lately, so did you for that matter, some people on this site takes things a bit seriously....anyway I'm glad you're still talking to me. I was worried I freaked you out a bit with my uncensored self. Take care.

  1. Date: 3/31/2010 8:12:00 PM
    oh, you silly kids! lol! this back and forth has put a permanent grin on my ugly mug! jimbo

  1. Date: 3/31/2010 6:47:00 PM
    Great message,enjoyed this vert much, a perspective that might never have occured to me. Congratulations you made me think,and thats not always easy. many thanx for your generous comments re. my poem hyperlink hallelujiah. Mirky62

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 12:52:00 PM
    A brilliant piece from two of my soup favs. Love Janette

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 10:34:00 PM
    good one thanks for comment keep up the good work as for me I am going to fluff up my lion I mean my pillow have a blessed evening

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 9:25:00 PM
    Great written collaboration to the both of you. Interesting content. Thanks for sharing this great work of the pen. Thanks Carolyn for all your great comments on my latest poems. I just got your book a couple of days and have begun reading it. Thanks so much, dear friend. I'll keep in touch. Best wishes, Caroline.

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 12:27:00 AM
    I love it when you post together.. you fit each other like a glove in poetry:)..I love this poem,for many reasons this poem goes to my favs..Charma

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 4:58:00 PM
    Wow, sure this "boy" will feel like a fool when he 'grows up'.its typical for his kind, the kind you are talking about in your poem to be judgemental of things they can't understand yet.who knows if he will.these close-minded people who have never felt on a deeper level. great poem, it's a wonderful one. -Always&Forever Lynette

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 2:47:00 PM
    Hey Carolyn, Thnx for reading and posting a comment on my piece....I've asked Audrey to post this comment for me. ......Jimmy

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 2:02:00 PM
    WOW, who is the sorry sucker that walked into this one....he deserved every word by the sound of it... Lots of pent up anger being thrown to the wall here. Great stuff! irish

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 1:36:00 PM
    Dear Carolyn and James, Thank you for writing this excellent poem to, erh, what's the name? The one who hides behind the mask???I forget!! The one who doesn't even know who a poet is! Real poets do not write to impress! Why won't critics get it thru their heads??... Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 11:38:00 AM
    AMEN to both of u on this excellent and magnificent write.. it has been long overdue to silence the harsh and critical poets who insist on degrading everyone who posts a poem on Soup anymore.. I just posted a new blog today about poetry.. maybe it will instill some to take a second look at why they do write poetry.. brilliant my sweet friend.. congrats to u and the Highlander..luv.. Linda-Marie.. your compliments on your comments are very precious to me..

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 10:16:00 AM
    I don't have a dog, but thought a mutt would be good for the nonet. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 8:55:00 AM
    Thank you for your welcome blog comments today Carolyn.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 8:48:00 AM
    Great piece by two great poets well done the both of you , loved it so Daniel

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 8:02:00 AM
    Poetry is appreciated, depending on the eye of the beholder. Not everyone will agree what is pleasing.....but to criticize?? Who has the right to make any poet feel inferior? I love that last line.... a terrific collaboration and great topic James and Carolyn...I hope people will gain some insight!! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 7:37:00 AM
    Critics are often proved to be desperately wrong. One critic on hearing Brahms 1st Symphony proclaimed it something like "Mindless cacophony." Another idiot thought the final movement of Beethoven's Archduke Trio was inferior. Down with critics! Love to you two, daver

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 7:06:00 AM
    Interestings thoughts that you two have penned in these lines..We all are who we are...Sara