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Thy Name is Poet

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Thy Name is Poet

Some poets write with a rapier blade,
meaning to cut a thing down
to its bare-boned ism.

Others write of fanciful affairs with a voice
as silk is,
to a fair maiden’s slip.

Some write from the void (the out world expanse)
of truth and secret gatherings
of white wind warriors!

Some write of the gut wrenching horrors
of abuse, pain, and mutilated soul;
where every word written is a cathartic expulsion 
of venom from veins -
a bleeding of the darkness within, meant 
for the healing of self and others.

Yet, others write of the red beating pulse of love!
with the force of eternal motion,
in one long unstoppable exhaled breath (the fall of time 
standing still);
of holding ones breath in 
either tortuous blue-faced death, or the splendor 
of knowing the everlasting meaning 
of one.

Other poets write their fingertips;
a caress felt with a lead tipped touch,
(for they are the ones whose minds
                             have stolen heart –
replacing it with the numb of page)
their only place of refuge,
for pages do not scorn, nor look in places 
where they aught not look (where love dies).

Some write simply what comes:
from the breath of a new day on their lips,
to the touch of a kindred spirit’s words
upon their heart - to make sense of a memory,
or share something discovered –
an epiphany 
                       yearning to spread.

No.

Parchment just wishes to be stroked,
no judgments made unto its scribe –
only love, only love…

Some poets paint their words –
A union both exact and beautiful –
where visions blossom within the mind
instead of on a canvass.
These inner pictures rise from the garden
of each poet’s depths;
each beheld a little differently, than the next 
soul to read, the poets eyes.

There is no other form of art that can bring souls together,
from any age, life, reckoning or century,
like the written word.
We write each others lives,
for we are of our maker’s words.
One breath upon first parchment, wrote
one word within the stars –

Poet.

For, we here are all bringer’s of truth;
spreaders of seeds (for good or otherwise)
we are all extensions of the whole –
the will of God, Gods, Earth and all that is,
reaching out with verbal arms
into souls that wish to be SEEN!
To be understood! To be heard!

And so we write.
Thank the heavens above,

we write.





© Kristin Reynolds 2008

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  1. Date: 5/3/2009 9:39:00 PM

    3 great works and wonderful entries...Raul

  1. Date: 4/28/2009 12:22:00 PM

    Congratulations on your three poems making it into the semi finals Kristin. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals. This one is my pick for winner. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 9:49:00 PM

    nice one!

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 10:55:00 AM

    Congratulation on making the first round of the PS contest...Raul

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 8:43:00 AM

    Congrats on this selection. Yep! You nailed the complete picture. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 1:22:00 AM

    It sounds like the soul's constitution! Well done on being advanced! That poem proved so ewffective I accidentally typed the word "fills" instead of "sounds" by accident in that first sentence...which wouldve made just as much sense, if not more, with the double-wording of constitution...

  1. Date: 3/30/2009 7:13:00 PM

    Congratulations dear Kristin with your three wonderful poems making it into the semi-finals (no surprise, that's for sure!!:) All are wonderful winners in every way, but good luck anyway...in the next round! Your poetry rocks....each and every one!!! :)

  1. Date: 3/30/2009 11:21:00 AM

    I thought I had commented on this but obviously no. Congrats on getting into the next round. I love this poem and I recall the impact that its tounge-in-cheek approach had. It is wonderfully laid out and your language works so well in this. I like the length of it and felt that it could have been longer as you can never tire of its flow. Brilliant!

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 1:01:00 PM

    It was a pleasure to read this poem once again! Perfectly meant to be featured! You are really something..dear Kristin! ~:) keep us happy...so keep 'em comin' !!! ~Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 11:00:00 AM

    And the heavens surely thank you in return for this one, Kristen!! What a marvelous tribute to Soupers ... smile ... congratulations on your writing being featured this week.

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 10:24:00 AM

    A very full piece. I found myself identifying with the fifth, seventh, and tenth stanzas. I also admire how you brought them all together. Poetic justice, as some would say. Again, bravo!

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 7:24:00 AM

    Whoa. Congrats my dear friend on two features this week. No one would ever wonder why. Beyond well deserved. Your poetry rocks! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 3:40:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being featured this week.Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 12:35:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature this week Kristin.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 11/9/2008 4:35:00 PM

    Another featured write this week. Congratulations Kristin! It is a tribute to your talent. Karen

  1. Date: 11/9/2008 4:06:00 PM

    Double Feature!!! Great! Congratulations on your second feature this week. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 9/13/2008 1:20:00 PM

    Kristin truly awesome great write, love it, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my writes, take care D-nyce

  1. Date: 9/11/2008 12:01:00 PM

    You've truly outdone yourself dear Kristin. I would save this for entry into the PS contest. An awe inspiring wonder you are. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 9/11/2008 11:39:00 AM

    My God, Kristin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, no comment of mine could do this justice. Your depiction is exact, breathtaking, and brilliant. I'll say no more, dear friend. Love, Sara

  1. Date: 9/11/2008 10:46:00 AM

    This piece says it ALL ... Poet , thy name be Kristin .....

  1. Date: 9/11/2008 10:43:00 AM

    Guess you hav covered most bases here Kristin.Rgds Brian & thanks for yourb welcome comments

  1. Date: 9/11/2008 6:28:00 AM

    Kristin - You have truly defined who and what we all are better than I have read it ever before and my hats off to you for I have attempted this feet several times, feebly I might add, after reading yours- This is just a totally amazing write and a wonderful way to start the morning - Thank you and God Bless

  1. Date: 9/11/2008 6:00:00 AM

    Amazing! ...What an awesome poet are you!! You have captured each of us in a most astounding, truthful, yet beautiful poem! Your insight on what makes each of us "tick" is so accurate, and right on target! This wonderful poem, makes the most of each style, makes some of us less gifted, fledging poets, seem better and more worthy than they might really be. You are truly gifted in your art....a gold star, Kristin!!:) ~Carrie