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Soul of a Poet Life of a Child

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Soul of a Poet Life of a Child

He thought himself a poet
Destined to live this lie
He wrote the words that no one reads
And the world would pass him by

For he had no education
He could barely read or write
But still he wrote his simple words
His spelling never right

Eighty years old he's seen it all
Though he seldom understands
Forced to live a simple life
A life that fate demands

He writes his poems everywhere
Even on the back of a cereal box
He sleeps all day and writes all night
In his underwear and a pair of socks

A fall when he was three years old
Left his brain a little slow
For eighty long years he spoke as a child
With a mind that wouldn't grow

The soul of a poet and the life of a child
He wrote what he felt inside
He smiled as he wrote his simple words
As his heart was filled with pride

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  1. Date: 7/7/2010 5:26:00 PM
    Congrats on your 4th place. Great, job Buddy. Ralph

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 5:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on being featured this week! Rhonda Hero

  1. Date: 7/3/2010 2:51:00 PM
    Congrats on your feature this week..simple, I like that it poetry..both in content and form..wonderful achievement. Bg

  1. Date: 7/2/2010 10:22:00 PM
    This was refreshingly different. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your win! :) -Grace

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 8:53:00 PM
    Congratulations on this wonderful poem written with an understanding heart. And on your win.

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 3:18:00 PM
    congrats on a sad but great poem featured. hope to read more......jodie

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 9:27:00 AM
    Congrats on the featured write. Vince

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 6:19:00 AM
    Sad...Glad that your work was presented on homepage this week..For I might have missed if it had not been..Sara

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 8:27:00 PM
    Congrats on the 4th place win

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 8:28:00 PM
    congrats today!!

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 11:17:00 AM
    Congratulations on your terrific poetry being featured this week Larry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 7:30:00 AM
    Speaking as an 80 year old, I say that often the poems spoken most simply are the best. Congrats on this selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 9:48:00 PM
    I'm seeing now many in the winner circle that are not autobiographical, so I guess I misunderstood and assumed it was a contest about ourselves. Is this someone you know then? He sounds very sweet. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 9:31:00 PM
    Great poem, Larry. Congratulations. Not knowing you really well, i am curious if it is based on yourself or someone else. In any event, I really like this kind of poem. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 7:53:00 PM
    Congrats Larry on your featured pome this week on the Soup.. excellent choice to share.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii..

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:42:00 AM
    Great write and a well deserved win! Dan C

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:27:00 AM
    Larry - what a wonderful piece it has gone straight to my favs, many congrats on your well deserved feature this week - rgds Janette

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:17:00 AM
    Congratulations Larry, on your # 4. agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 9:28:00 AM
    Hey, this is a wonderful piece; enjoy the honor of having your poem being featured this week. Please, keep your pen alive and keep up the great work!. You are great! this is kind of a masterpiece! Love, ~Adeleke.

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 9:06:00 AM
    Congratulations Larry on your win in Paula Swanson's contest "Fill In The Blanks" Love, Carol