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

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I cried the first time I listened to the words
whispered    shouted    snapping about 
like flags in a brisk wind     Words being shot 
from open pink mouths in a staccato hail of bullets 
slamming into my barriers     Hairline cracks appearing 
in my armor like spider webs meandering across 
a bug splattered windshield
I cried    even though I was not sure why

Who would have thought there was so much ammunition
being ratcheted from dry throats to be chambered
in mouths    spewing forth in a fusillade of fire
So much raw emotion housed inside ordinary people  

I found life    
emotion    feelings running rampant
bouncing off brick walls
echoing in my sluggish soul
wakening banked embers of a life 

I remember this thing called poetry
it danced through the dreams of my youth
brought hesitantly to its feet when I read
Resume by Dorothy Parker

I dreamed that I could put words onto paper 
and evoke emotion in another person
I dreamed and I played with the words
my new best friends    and drank Orange Crush 
spilling it on my early attempts    
giving them the appearance of measles erupting 
from the white parchment of youthful skin

But the words proved to be too much for me
		too much me
Emotions I did not know I had locked inside me
Fear flowing unchecked in dark splotches
Sorrow ripping the page with blunt forceful strokes 
of the pen     I tried to use a pencil but the feelings 
inside me were too strong to be erased so easily
Now the silence of my soul has been illuminated 
by the sun the poets hold in their hands
I could have ignored soft moonlight ripples 
across my mind    but this sun snakes its way 
into every crevice    finding my imps and demons 
standing mutely shadowed in gray

The homeless beggars on my street of lost memories
are rising up with pen in hand    refusing 
to be slapped into silent submission any longer

Copyright © Monterey Sirak

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  1. Date: 8/19/2015 12:36:00 AM
    Awesome write, love it. Thank you for coming to read my Flickering Shadows :)

  1. Date: 9/3/2014 7:39:00 AM
    Did you ever make Ice Cream out of orange and grappe crush before. Go to jthorn5656 and password of soldierboy and do a search for word Poetry which I am about to do on yours. Oh, and your philosophy and philosophy are the same as mine. Encourage each and all to write poetry and continue writing it to keep your mins sharp. Jim Horn

  1. Date: 5/12/2014 1:24:00 AM
    This is not only a very descriptive well written free verse but also showcasing a content I can relate too. So twice bulls eye. Dutch Greetings Elly

  1. Date: 4/26/2014 9:43:00 AM
    Lovely write my friend. Almost a story in itself per line Measles erupting from the white parchment of youthful skin...I love that line. Thanks for sharing your work. God Bless. D.

  1. Date: 4/25/2014 8:58:00 AM
    Hey, Monterey, did you know you were being showcased with this poem at Soup? the link for it came to my hotmail. so good to see a worthy poet get attention here!!!

  1. Date: 4/24/2014 3:23:00 AM
    very beautiful poem Monterey. i love the images you painted. awesome write.

  1. Date: 4/23/2014 10:07:00 PM
    Lively word pictures, and interesting use of spacing for dramatic pausing. Nicely done.

  1. Date: 4/23/2014 7:48:00 PM
    Very colorful and popping I love it!

  1. Date: 11/23/2013 9:23:00 AM
    I enjoyed rereading this one. I hope you have a great weekend Monterey.

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 9:41:00 PM
    Beautiful! That brought me a smile. :o) Thank you for stopping bye.

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 7:18:00 AM
    Good morning Montery, so appreciated your visits again. Please let me know when you post a poem, I would love to read more of your work.

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 5:45:00 AM
    - Really well written, Monterey .... yes, it is a: "Wooooow!" poem !! - Have a nice day! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Good morning Monterey, I am so touched that you took the time to read and comment on so many of my poems. That means a lot to me. Thanks so much. Enjoy your Sunday.

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 11:29:00 AM
    Wow!!!!!!!!!!! You are one of the better poets on this site which is pretty impressive because there's alot good poets on this site. I love this poem poet.

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 7:01:00 AM
    soup mail, and try not to spill the soup lol xxx

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 8:09:00 AM
    Only SOME of my words were angry birds. hahaha. None of the blue birds were!!! Thanks for seeing that silly poem I wrote. Wish I'd come up with something funnier. Let me go find one of yours I have not seen yet!

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 8:11:00 PM
    I let out my breath at the end of this poem to find that I had been holding it all along, and was too stunned to comment for 10 seconds...This is a shockingly magnificent, powerful poem! You truly showed yourself and your onslaught of inner feelings...I am faving this, thanks for the amazing read! :)

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 5:10:00 PM
    Now this was superb!

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 2:06:00 PM
    You are without a doubt one of the finest talents at Poetry Soup. This poem illustrates why!

    Horn Avatar James Horn
    Date: 9/3/2014 7:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The positive attitude and support element in all of the poets on PoetrySoup are truly an inspiration to encourage everyone to keep writing Poetry. PS. So keep on. Jim Horn
  1. Date: 7/31/2013 11:04:00 AM
    Very well done and it brings out emotions not thought about in awhile. thanks for visiting my poetry and your nice comment