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POET - STAND - Your name is your seal

                                                    Poet, stand up! 
                                             Your name is your seal!
                                     Your works let their story reveal.
                              Though you be enamored by great poets,
                                   don’t shy away or get disheartened.
                           Rid your heart of nervous anticipation and forget
                                            about word-perfect dictation.
                     Through your internal debates and bouts of indecisiveness
                                      Find a style that’s uniquely you. 
                                        Make your stance stronger.

                                                      Poet, stand!

                                     Stand aside when it comes to gossip.
                                       Stay away from petty jealousies.
                                Too much connectivity hampers creativity.
                                                     Stay focused!
                            But by all means know when to pick up a fight.
                           Stand back, ponder, and align your ammunition.
                                        Then be ready to stand up for
              what you believe in and make a passionate defense for what is right.

                    Accept correction – it is the heart of positive retention and
                  the means to sharpen your abilities and enable your work to
                                              stand up to 
                   Smile at genuine curiosity but never tolerate ignorance.
              Or how will you stand up to bullies intent on creating havoc and those
                                    quick to impose their sense of ‘correctness’?

                          Build yourself up but desist from putting others down.
                     Identify talent and stand over a budding poet, gently giving
                   them directions but be careful to let them choose their path.
                               And when the time comes when your light dims
                    and all you can do is ruminate mentally on things already past –
                                                 Poet, stand down!

                                          Yours is a life truly well lived!

Copyright © Vicky Tsiluma

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  1. Date: 8/6/2014 7:40:00 AM
    As always, your words Resonate with me. I can't believe I missed this one. How have you been Vicky?

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 10:32:00 AM
    Wow! This is great! Definitely something to read when down. I love it!

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 6:18:00 AM
    Wow what a fantastic and inspirational piece of work for all budding poets!! Give's one a sense of hope and 'I can do this!' brilliant!!!

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 9:19:00 PM
    I love the concept of this poem, keep it up! Thanks for sharing

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 6:25:00 PM
    Don't fight block.

  1. Date: 10/3/2012 7:59:00 AM
    Thank you Vicky....Really love your advice, I actually like to get constructive feedback from poets. It's all welcome here :) Shaz

  1. Date: 10/2/2012 5:11:00 AM
    Vicky...I am awed by your insight and wisdom!... So very glad to have discovered your poetry...if this was for Deb's contest I haven't a clue why it didn't win!...Looking forward to reading more...Thanks for the inspiration...your latest fan - Tim

  1. Date: 9/27/2012 2:12:00 PM
    Performance of Perfection Vicky! J.A.B. %

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 6:06:00 AM
    thank you Vicky,made my day,great write

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 12:53:00 PM
    Good advice in good verses.

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 12:55:00 PM
    Makes me proud to be a poet

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 3:16:00 AM
    Are you talking about me? this sounds like you are talking about me. love the the inspirational work, we often give up. thank you.

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 6:14:00 PM
    Beautiful, as a poet you stood! Great write, inspirational.

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 9:37:00 AM
    Brilliant Vicky ! I love that you wrote building up without putting down !

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 7:37:00 AM
    Very well done!! Words to live by. Warm thoughts, Ralph

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 6:10:00 AM
    Really like this. It is unique and speaks to those of us who tool the written word. I enjoyed it very much!!

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 5:06:00 AM
    yur a very creative poet ..i really enjoy yur work :)))))..lots of woven images and words...jj

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 2:43:00 AM
    You write very well, I like your poem. - Oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 12:08:00 AM
    Wonderfully well-written poem Vicky :) thanks for sharing.have a nice day!!

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 9:10:00 PM
    You have embraced the calling of the poet. To stand for what we believe in. GREAT writing from you. That was so interesting toward the end where you wrote that sometimes we must "stand down!"