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Understanding Poets

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Understanding Poets

I could say the name of one.
I could say the name of two.
But in the name of being fair.
Singleling out simply won't do.

I can say this, that I've been graced.
When one's away, one takes their place.
I've come to have respect for both.
But this club don't require an oath.

I'm not too concerned with contest rules.
It's not that I think they're for fools.
But when restrictions bind what ties.
I have to think they're not so wise.

The bottom line for me is this.
If no one commented, I'd surely miss.


I've written this for the kindness of all poets. While a site like this should inspire one to elevate their craft. It's just very nice to have a place where we can share. Kind of like Norm when he walks into Cheers. Where everybody knows your name.

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  1. Date: 5/1/2013 11:19:00 AM
    lol, Robert, enjoy your sense of humor here, poems that are read really do feel much more alive.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 5:11:00 PM
    Nice homage to all the poets you know, Robert, well said!

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 8:39:00 PM
    expression, what poetry is truly about. I applaud you.

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 10:00:00 AM
    You are among a very few that comments when I am away for periods of time as time with Dad is so precious right now. For that I say thank you !! With so many poets on the site, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle...I too would miss comments !!! Enjoy your rhymes and your poetry...keep it real !!

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 8:51:00 PM
    Hello, robert, thanks for your sweet rhyming comments today. hope all is well!

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 12:35:00 PM
    That's why I hardly enter contests, I need to write for me and not what someone asks for. So glad there's someone else that feels as I do. Great poem Robert, at least it lets others know there's another side. Luv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 7:54:00 PM
    Robert. I am happy to see this new post of yours today and the message it brings. Love the mention of Norm walking into Cheers! Thanks for your comments over the weekend , especially the lovely rhyme you created on my Bearer of the Wine poem.

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 4:43:00 PM
    Robert , You are so right my poet friend .To have someone read your thoughts is a great privilege we share here on soup!!!I for one love to read and enjoy them .Kodos for a well written poem. Anne

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 4:24:00 PM
    Indeed a great poem and I agree with Dan <3

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 4:16:00 PM
    "Hey der Robert" Nice write.. :o) I hope it is read by many...Some days I get that feeling when I log in? Other days I feel like the guy sitting at the other end of the bar all by himself...