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The Poet Within

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The Poet Within

It's hard to think of metaphors
When dealt an accountant's brain,
Confronted with calculations
That must always come out even.

For thirty years with head bowed low,
I struggled with large numbers,
Unaware that somewhere within me
A burgeoning poet slumbers.

I loved my job in radio,
Where I worked with some great talents.
Among those inflated egos, though
I needed to keep my balance.

Retirement now has let me bloom
And cultivate sensation.
Away, away exactitude, just give me inspiration.


won 7th in contest

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  1. Date: 9/13/2010 9:51:00 PM
    Hey, congratulations, I forgot to tell you , on this fine poem and win. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 9:53:00 PM
    Our true selves will always reveal themselves. Our passions and desires will always find a way to come bursting out. I love this piece. Tried to silence my inner poet, didn't work made me miserable. Thank you for this piece Monica

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 10:26:00 AM
    Joyce, many congratulations on your win in Carolyn's contest >> James

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 8:37:00 PM
    love it, congrats on your win

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 8:21:00 AM
    Joyce congratulations on your win with this sweet write, love Wilma

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 5:21:00 AM
    Many congratulations for this lovely win. Thanks for your kind comments.

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 4:20:00 AM
    A wonderful win and enrty...very enjoyed always Michael

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 8:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on this win in the contest, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 7:40:00 PM
    Sounds like a worthwhile discovery Joyce! Sometimes our talents are smothered untill later in life. Congratulations on your success in the contest. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 7:24:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Carolyn Devonshire's contest. Love, iolanda

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 5:28:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Carolyn Devonshire's contest Joyce. Love Carol

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 4:51:00 PM
    Congrats , love the last line. BG

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 3:59:00 PM
    My congratulations, Joyce on your 7th Place win in the contest! Enjoyed this...Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 3:24:00 PM
    Congrats Joyce on your super win in the Work contest... a wonderful win for a super write .. enjoy this happy weekend with luv..

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 1:45:00 PM
    I worked in radio and my dad was an accountant. There are so many inflated egos in the "entertainment" industry and dad had to escape the numbers game by playing his saxophone and clarinet. Great work as always, Joyce. Congratulations on your win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/6/2010 12:48:00 AM
    You and me both Joyce.Retiement itself can inspire and make up the locists years.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 9/4/2010 7:57:00 AM
    a poet's anthem! great work! jimbo

  1. Date: 9/3/2010 11:26:00 PM
    HUrrah for your retirement, Joyce. So you cold bloom!! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/3/2010 9:49:00 PM
    Loved it! Super! I'm retired from the military and appreciate exactly your message.

  1. Date: 9/3/2010 6:52:00 PM
    Well expressed inner thoughts , Joyce

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