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so you want to be a poet

write all you want about your condition
but after that find someone who'll listen

to capture imagination and attention
all you'll need is their permission

a joke, a line, a rhyme that's fine
a little something to feed the mind

keep a rythem and a steady flow
touch a heart with words you know

a single line can reach the soul
when an eternal truth is told

and when you create a tear in your eye
then write the reasons men cry

or spread the joy of laughter around
with embarrassing stories about a clown

or raise men up to fight a war
inspire rebelion on far away shore

discribe the majesty of the worlds largest
and praise with accuracy what God created

use words to paint pictures and observe
colour emotions deliver the absurd

uncover the sad the ugly and the blue
release the monster inside of you

tell the tale given by the muse
to the letter nothing unused

please the god within yourself
with the best and nothing else

and maybe just maybe
you'll be a poet

(For melody winter)

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  1. Date: 10/8/2012 11:31:00 PM
    My sentiments exactlly! Very nice. Cynthia

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 11:08:00 AM
    very well done indeed John ;}

  1. Date: 9/28/2012 6:11:00 PM
    Great formula.

  1. Date: 9/28/2012 5:18:00 PM
    *and make sure you don't write psalms to colours, images, feelings and nature! lol

  1. Date: 9/27/2012 1:25:00 PM
    Great words of advice from an obvious expert in the field of poesy! Terry

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 8:53:00 AM
    Like a commandment for poets, all about poet, what makes one a poet, what writing all about......enjoyed

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 8:36:00 AM
    What a wonderful description of what it means to be a poet - the emotions and imagery are very clear and compelling. We do have to "release the monster inside" and look at life through loving eyes. I'm sending you a Soup mail, John. Love you, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 6:43:00 AM
    Yes, but i'll never be as good as this awesome work of yours. enjoyed.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 8:19:00 PM
    I LOVE THIS JOHN!! What an exceptional piece of work! Woot woot!!! I so enjoyed it....I think my favorite part was, "keep a rythem and a steady flow touch a heart with words you know" Thanks for sharing! Warmest best, Stacy

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 8:03:00 AM
    John, you give me an itch to write something profound but it's not in the head today. The nice thing is I can always come here and find words to pick me up. You manage to find such creative ways to give poetry a special flavor that leaves a person wanting more. This one is special! Luv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 7:46:00 AM
    Ahhhhhh,,,those are the things i've forgotten to do..thanks for the lessons and the cordial comments on my poetry (wherein lacks everything you write about) yours in peace, pain, poetry, protection and or perfection ~free cee!~ PHREEPOETREE

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 10:21:00 PM
    I want to be all i can be... your poem is great John... always a pleasure...pd

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 9:12:00 PM
    I like this, it speaks to me and i am sure it speaks to many poets on this site, thank you for sharing this John, we are all here for the same reason as you, we love to share our words, heart to heart, it's the best, have a great evening, sending peaceful thoughts your way, xxx vie