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The Reading

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Below is the poem entitled The Reading which was written by poet Charles Henderson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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The Reading

…. and I wondered as I wrote the poem
if the weight on either side of the words
were sufficiently balanced to hold the 
poem in check.  So that when read aloud
the meaning would be pivotal, hanging
on to unsaid words, implied in partiality 
by my favorite phraseology and method,
a potpourri of high, lows and in between.

Oh, wonder of wonders, can you believe
all that applause for just one small poem?
Thank you so much for all your kindness.
It’s more honor than one should receive.

There’s a delicate art in being discreet, yet 
forceful.  Not for the faint hearted or meek.

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  1. Date: 10/20/2012 8:58:00 PM
    My belated congratulations on your super win, Charles! hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 2:01:00 PM
    Great ideas and enjambements: a masterpiece! Congratulations for your 1st place! Hanitra.

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 12:29:00 PM
    Bravo! And congratulations on the win.

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 4:24:00 PM
    Congrats!!!!!

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Charles, How extraordinary this is, and to be honored with a first by a young lady I humbly think is the best among the best not only on this site but on any, is awesome and so well deserved. Now the prince of three liners is the king of fourteen!! The way you ended these creative thoughts with the last two lines is a perfect cherry on the sundae!! Bravo Charles!!

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 11:03:00 AM
    I knew that this was a winner..Enjoyed reading again..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 8:42:00 AM
    Congratulations Charles on big win with this magnificent interpretation of the contest.. It was as if you knew the high honor that your words would bring. I am highly impressed. Pray you and your wife are doing well. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 7:47:00 AM
    I really like what you have done to the sonnet. Congratulations on a great poem.

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:49:00 AM
    CONGRATS CHARLES ON A SPLENDID WRITE AND WIN LUV .. TOP NOTCH WORK ..

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 1st place win in Cyndi's contest Charles. Love, Carol XXXX

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:00:00 AM
    Go Chas go..very different now you have to tell your Debbie-Do how to DO this!! Congrad's on your win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 5:53:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading this lovely poem. congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 1:14:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderfully written poem friend Charles :) cheers!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 10/17/2012 9:21:00 PM
    Hi! Congrats, Charles on winning first place. Yours blew me away. Please, if and when you can, stop by my blog. I detailed why yours received the top honours. You, sir, are such a crafty scribe. You'll have to teach me this discreet thing... ;-)... course, you'd have to be patient. May take another 20 years :)

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 3:43:00 PM
    ahhhhhhhh HA! good on you you 'got through!' and delicately..where are you? Light & Love

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 9/24/2012 3:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    great use of enjambment!
  1. Date: 9/22/2012 10:06:00 PM
    An interesting Sonnet here Charles.Enjoyed the read.Is this for Cyndi's contest.

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 7:04:00 PM
    An enjoyable poem. So glad to read your poems tonight.

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 7:05:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your well thoughtout work..Sara

    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick
    Date: 9/22/2012 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Charles, I don't know how to remove or change this part so I will just add on a note..Charles rewrote some of his poem after I commented so disregard below...Sara
    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick
    Date: 9/22/2012 7:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Or is it just wanting to be able to approve themselves?..Or to get those stressful moments down on paper to get them out of the brain?...Sara