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Flattery or Honesty

Eileen Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled Flattery or Honesty which was written by poet Eileen Manassian. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Flattery or Honesty

Either I am naïve
Or seriously confused
Do they mean what they say?
Then why do I feel used?

Words of glorious praise
Superlatives so sweet
But then the real truth dawns
My work lacks rhyme and beat

I find it very strange
And not so very kind
To flatter just to please
And leave the poet blind

So when you post a thought
Be honest in the write
Don’t tear the poet down
Yet don’t fake pure delight

Find something that is good
Something you can applaud
But DO say what you mean
Or else the post is flawed!

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 6/28/2013 1:38:00 AM
    I adore that last line. The POST is flawed. hahaha. A lot of flawed posts around Soup. Flawless it is not! hopefully I am always fairly honest in the comments I make. I will never highly praise a poem if I don't think it deserves it. This one I like because you express yourself in a witty way.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/28/2013 1:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Andrea. Appreciate the visit. Yes, those of you who are Premium Members....we do get a peek into which poems and poets move you, so....we have a fair idea of where we stand anyway. Good to be honest.
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 11:32:00 PM
    You have stated your point well with this write.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/27/2013 11:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Robert. I tried. I like to think I was being objective, but I now myself too well to know that it wasn't born out of some pain. Thanks for the visit.
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 8:11:00 PM
    Eileen....I love the honesty of this write, very well stated! Hugs

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/27/2013 11:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Cecilia...lovely to see your smile here! You light up day! :) Thanks for being there for me! Hugs!
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 5:18:00 PM
    Great poem! I couldn't agree more. :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/27/2013 11:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, April. Glad to know you are like minded!
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Good morning Sunshine! I enjoyed your conversation with Chris.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/27/2013 11:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sunshine? Richard...they used to call my Mama that! She has a smile that would light up the world! Thank you! :) Have been cloudy lately, but posts like this surely push those..................... clouds away! :) Yes, I also enjoy the conversation with Chris! :)
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 10:48:00 PM
    awesome... you have shared such a lovely poem.. and i do enjoyed this piece so much ..thank you sweetheart sista Eileen <3 much luv and hugs <3 Sk

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/27/2013 12:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are a sweetheart, Sukmawati! Thank you ever so much!
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 8:26:00 PM
    See comment below.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/27/2013 12:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Richard.....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 6/26/2013 8:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Have a good night Eileen. Hugs Rick
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Do I really need to comment on this write. I think not my little Desert Orchid. Why don't you try writing a real stinker and see what comments you get then lol. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/27/2013 12:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, Richard....You really do need to! I value your opinion...you know that. Please...always post and comment. I take stock by what you say...Orchid is wilting.....A real stinker, eh???? Well, aren't the stinkers those that don't do well! ;)
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 6:49:00 AM
    I typically love your poetry but dislike this one because it lacks the insight of how amazing your work actually is. Personally it makes me a bit irritated, you should be nicer to yourself and trust in your talent.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 6/26/2013 8:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sometimes I feel frustrated when I write a poem that I think should do well and it doesn't get chosen. Once I think about it I am just glad I ended up with a poem and realize the contest does not determine the quality of the work.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/26/2013 8:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, Richard....true, but I am so tired of hearing that my work SHOULD do well....SHOOT to the top and then...oh....well...surprise! Don't worry...reality checks are always good too. You just don't understand what poetry means to me.....I don't take mediocre well, never have. I excel...academically...nothing less than an A-...so yes, writing for fun, but my dreams are going up in smoke...not an easy one to handle..what is life without dreams...thanks for the support.
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 6:45:00 AM
    Honest injun, this is a great message for us all on PS. I agree that critiquing needs to be more informative to help improve the poet's writing. I've been writing less than a year and do not know all forms of poetry to be the greatest critiquer, but I do my best. I've had some great tips on a couple of forms of poetry from a few PS member which has helped me improve my writing. Thanks for sharing your honest opinion. Warm Smiles, Connie

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/26/2013 8:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Connie...about honesty...When I was a programming manager for a satellite TV network, the director said two things about me in her evaluation that she considered...negative...1) I'm too honest..... 2) I'm too kind....go figure! No grey areas with me. Yes...We are all here to learn. Thanks for being sweet enough to post. I appreciate it. Hugs!
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 2:15:00 AM
    Hi.dear friend...I love your honesty in this poem.and Im here leaving my comment cause its what i feel to do.Your poems are wonderful because they come from the inner truth of heart and soul..I just wished to have more quality time here to read more of your poem : ) By the way..nice avatar.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/26/2013 8:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Charmaine, you've always been good to me...I appreciate it more than you know, hon! I know....we are all busy....I've been here a lot because I've been dealign with some issues and this was my escape...Got to find a new way to escape! Thanks for the post...hugs!
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 12:41:00 AM
    Just a note....I would appreciate it if you did NOT post comments on this poem...IF you read it. I really don't want sympathy posts. I'm just voicing an opinion....thank you!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/26/2013 8:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Richard....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 6/26/2013 8:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    A flawed opinion. The poem is written well it's just the content that doesn't work for me.
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 10:28:00 PM
    nice write

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/26/2013 12:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks!
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 8:24:00 PM
    Bravo, Eileen!!! Please don't for one moment think I don't mean this. I do, I do, I do. Good write, my friend. PS - Thank you for your concern, Eileen. I have a couple of issues to sort and I'm also working again. My schedule is seriously tight at the moment, but hopefully not for too long anymore. I don't have time to comment, but I do keep up-to-date with your and a couple of others' writing. Keep on keeping on, my friend. Licia :-)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/26/2013 12:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I've been SO SO worried about you and all sorts of things popped into my mind! I'm so glad it is nothing serious! WORK! Baaaaa...humbug! ;( Darling...addictions know not work or any other such issue. ;) I trust you, Licia. My bad for joining contests....Makes me dream and expect and then a kick in the gut...no, the glory isn't worth the pain...Will just stick to my first plan to write for fun! Love ya! Get back when you can...hugs
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 7:45:00 PM
    My dear every word i said to you is true cross my heart xxx

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/26/2013 12:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mystic Rose...honey...you wrote a poem about me! How could I doubt you! Love ya! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO