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Child poet

The raw delight and 
wonder of an eager 
child-poet lay scattered 
across the floor.  

A baby's coo squeals from 
the aging pages babbling
forth childish nonsense while
tired cliches wind lazily through
trite rhymes lacking lyrical luster.

Still, each precious verse endears 
me to the memory of a precocious
youth when poetry was simple 
and an unspoiled world
lay bare age old secrets
calling out to be discovered.


Author's commentary:  

I don't remember what inspired me to write my first poems, but there was always something about
language.  Something profound, something powerful, something pure.  

I had no natural talent, and thankfully I didn't know it for I might have given up.

But eventually, and by sheer accident, I pieced together something that worked proving
poetry is not reserved solely for those with the predisposition but is also born of
passion, study, and discipline.

It was 15 years of frustration and tears as poem after bad poem was ripped to shreds by
seasoned writers with invaluable, albeit sometimes harsh, advice before I created anything
worthy of being read.  But I am in love with poetic art so have persevered with humility
and gratitude in the face of rejection until finding a rhythm of my own.  And though a bit
of time may sometimes pass before I am moved to write again, the words eventually spill
forth, and with a bit of luck and ingenuity, I will write a profound piece of insightful
prose stirring pride in the hearts of my mentors whose opinions I hold so dear.

For me, it has never come easy but with a deep-rooted love for the art and an obsession
for one day authoring a single, perfect verse, I hope to be unified in spirit with the
ghosts of poets past inspiring and encouraging others to keep the craft alive.

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  1. Date: 12/10/2010 10:38:00 AM
    endearing!! BEST WISHES on your big win in the contest, thyvia,,:)

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 3:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 9:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Thvia in the "Poetry Panorama" contest hosted by Linda-Marie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 8:13:00 PM
    thvia, I enjoyed your commentary just as much as your poem. It was very interesting to know your history. I have had my turn with those critics as well. they can be very cruel. Keep up with your love of art! Congrats on this win. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/17/2010 9:56:00 PM
    Thvia...many congrats on big win in the contest... Luv/Best wishes.... hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 11/16/2010 4:38:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win, Thvia

  1. Date: 11/16/2010 4:02:00 AM
    Thvia, congratulations on your success in Linda's contest with this gem.. Hope your week is a good one ;-) love Wilma

  1. Date: 11/16/2010 12:23:00 AM
    You have laid all your good thoughts on poetry, Thvia, good work and congratulations on your well deserved win on this contest of Linda-Marie. (^_^) Noel.

  1. Date: 11/15/2010 4:57:00 PM
    We all hope for it, Thvia and for you it will come. You have the drive for it. congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/15/2010 4:18:00 PM
    Congrats Thvia on your success in my Poetry Panorama contest with this elegant entry and intense write .. a unique piece ... enjoyed the footnote as well... appreciat3e your support of my contest endeavors luv..

  1. Date: 9/30/2010 11:39:00 AM
    When you reflect and when you describe you show so much strength, your metaphors do not just towers, they stand paradigmatically fresh. You are at your own acme forever, my friend

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 8:31:00 PM
    Hey, Thvia, I really like this. It describes me as well, and I can really relate to it. I've always loved to write, but i have to work hard at it because it does not usually flow from me. I think of poetry as an art form, or a craft, requiring discipline. I love to see you emulate that point of view. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 3:21:00 PM
    Excellent Thvia and a wonderful adventure into the poetry path of writing... u have expressed it so beautifully... enjoyed my friend..with luv.. going to make it and u a favorite right now..

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 9:38:00 AM
    wow! This is an incredible piece, rich in imagery and so open hearted too....this piece resonates within me..though I have penned many pieces I have yet to pen THAT piece...am not sure I ever will but I know I too have to keep on trying..you are a poet I will be watching..in poetry, Dory