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Pen in Hand

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Below is the poem entitled Pen in Hand which was written by poet Mark Peterson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Pen in Hand

Pen in hand or board with keys
     Toil with verse and rhyme.
What disappoints might later please
     Hasten borrowed time.

Chills run up and down my spine
     To think of things I miss.
So much is gone that I called mine.
     Tough to reminisce.

Years ago on any day
     Far and wide I’d roam.
Busy with best friends at play
     Seldom around home.

Now kids huddle on the floor—
     Stationary fun.
Competing for the highest score,
     Sit instead of run.

Guess I’ll wander at the beach—
     Spend time along the shore.
Ponder all that life might teach
     Had I a few years more.

With inspiration from and dedicated to Just That 
Archaic Poet and the Quatrain King, Jack Ellison.

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 2:43:00 PM
    A great verse here Mark, as far as i can see my friend you havent missed much and your pen has done you great service. blessings Carl

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 12/11/2013 4:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Carl, thank you so much for stopping by with nice praise, of which I am particularly fond. Poetry quite often just occurs to me, and I write it down without effort. At other times, I can't buy a rhyme to save me. Glad you liked this one.
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 6:28:00 AM
    You guys will soon have me attempting the quatrain. I'm too damn lazy. I just want to rhyme and get on with it. Nice one, Mark. I enjoy your poetry. Licia :-)

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/16/2013 8:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Delisia. Working on rhyme is tedious--nearly as difficult mental work as I've ever done. It's just so darn satisfying when complete. I have an agreement with myself that a completed stanza must appear in my head all at once before I'll attempt the rest. That's it, sonder twyfel.
  1. Date: 11/15/2013 10:18:00 PM
    Mark, enjoying this poem. Wonderful pen your own.... The time here has been very deep.... Good night... always~ LINDA

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/16/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Linda: Thanks for all the stops you made at my different poems. I appreciate that support more than you know. It keeps me going; it keeps me writing. Now about the time there being very deep; this could have several meanings. Care to share?
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 4:58:00 PM
    Great poem, great rhythm, great flow. wonderful...peter

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/14/2013 6:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Peter, I appreciate your visiting my page and taking time to comment on this poem. It was fun to write (well that's partly a lie!)
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 3:00:00 AM
    Class!!!

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/14/2013 11:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
  1. Date: 11/9/2013 10:04:00 AM
    this is a great way to emulate that form of poetry. One I have not yet tried, and believe me, I have tried MANY. I too lived in the Seattle area as a child. I have written a few poems on it and how depressing it was for me. My dad had a mental illness. coupled with constant dreariness of rain, I think it affected my brain!!! I love the sunshine of Utah.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/9/2013 11:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Andrea, thanks very much. I didn't sit and try it. It just came this way, and then I looked it up on a page detailing different kinds of Quatrain. Jack had praised me for getting everything to rhyme, so I thought there must be different kinds, and that was the case. BTW, I am a Utah native, U of U grad.
  1. Date: 11/9/2013 6:48:00 AM
    Happy you took my suggestion, Mark; it flows effortlessly now. Great job and the last stanza is just brimming with brilliance and a sad truth, which touched me. Kudos, my friend! :)

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/9/2013 7:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    i'm so pleased that you picked up on the sad truth. it seemed plain when I was writing, but I wasnt certain at all that others reading it would pick up on its wistfulness. Read my post to Jack below and likewise re-read the poem. Surprise!
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 6:36:00 PM
    As the reigning Quatrain King, let me commend you! Not only are your second and fourth lines rhyming, your first and third are matching as well! Go to the head of the class my friend... actually very well done, my friend! Kudos!!!

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 11/22/2013 5:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am deeply humbled that this piece is dedicated to Jack and I; I am just beyond appreciation at the moment and at a loss for words (for once lol). Thanks, Mark :)
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/9/2013 7:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jcj, thanks so much for Royal Praise. They're some fancy Quatrain forms that involve this rhyme structure, one having 4,3,4,3 beats in lines of the stanzas. I'm nearly there already and am going to convert. Also read the poem again and check at the bottom.
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 5:58:00 PM
    - A nice poem Mark .... Always have your pen in hand .... - Have a beautiful weekend. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/8/2013 6:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Anne Lise. I'm going to take a break from verse rhyme over the weekend. They're taking over. Quite exhausting!