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Behind cryptic doors

Clumsily tripping, over our own feet
Sometimes, minds aren't meant to meet
perhaps we're off just a micro beat
thoughts obscured, behind glass covered in sleet

Sure there are those, who wish to exploit
but really in the end, what's the point?
We're all mearly visitors, in this joint
Trying our best, with words to annoint

Cloisterd in shadows, wanting to be found
glimmers of earlier selves, clowning around
When others laugh, why do our fears compound?
Downturned mouths, strangled crying sounds

Embarrassing moments, last an eternity
Sometimes I'm my very worst enemy
Thinking hidden messages, are meant for me
Is that what poetry is meant to be?

I let essential words, roll off my lips
Credentials have no taste, when I take deep sips
Preffering a message, from a page that drips
My mind unfocused, takes many trips

I like the power, of words intrinsic
Flavors and texture, is what I like to lick
If it's to saccharin and sweet it makes me sick
My pleasure comes, from words hot and thick

So you see, I too like to word explore
Words found, behind a cryptic door
I start upright, end up on the floor
Keep on reading, until I can't absorb anymore!

Written at the request of James Horne.
Response to his  "to Come Back Again" Poem.


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  1. Date: 4/1/2015 11:38:00 PM

    Very well written, as always, dear Rick! All of us here experience the power of words, and it can get very surreal sometimes. I love the power and experience of it all. You are one of the masters at getting us into the mood of your write. Happy Easter to you and the family!
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 11:36:00 PM

    I read some poems here that tend to sound cryptic, as if they are meant for someone in particular here, rather than poetry meant for all to read and enjoy. I used to think some things were meant for me, but I decided not to do that anymore... if someone wants to get a message to me they'd better spell it out for me in a soup mail because I won't get it otherwise ;) Great poem Richard!
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 11:33:00 PM

    Great thought provoking write Richard!
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 11:26:00 PM

    Deep write Richard , or I'm reading into it ... Love this write all these things give us each the depth to write .... True to ourselves ( quoting Jade ) 7 Bev :)
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 8:55:00 PM

    :) a 7 We're all mearly visitors, in this joint Trying our best, with words to annoint,Embarrassing moments, last an eternity Sometimes I'm my very worst enemy Thinking hidden messages, are meant for me I'm the worst one to be embarrased. Happy Easter dear friend. Eve
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 7:38:00 PM

    Learning is such a gift and you are & do and wow the results. Light & Love
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 7:02:00 PM

    This is a wonderful write! Very true on the words of a poet.
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 3:32:00 PM

    Wise words Richard - :-) Oh yes we can all misinterpret the words of others both in poetry and in life in general:-( Hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 2:47:00 PM

    :) You rock, Richard. Yes...we aren't to read more into what's written than what's written. We all make that mistake sometimes. It's made me be careful of what I post of late...However, if you want to be true to self....You write...and let the world think what it will! :) Check spelling of merely. ;) hugs BTW...thanks. Thanks for reading me even when I'm not HERE! ;) My older writes are just as dear to me.
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 2:22:00 PM

    You know yourself very well Richard. It is difficult to absorb as many poems as you do. I will have to check out the inspiration for this.
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 2:16:00 PM

    I enjoyed your thoughts here, Richard. You are true to your word and are one of the few that I believe is here to really absorb the poets' words!