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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 6:20:00 PM
    I think your entries are better than those of most other people on this site.

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  1. Date: 10/10/2012 12:13:00 PM
    Life is filled with many cups of disappointment. No worries Catie, cups are easy to empty. All of our emotions bounce off of the reflections of who we are. Look at some of the poets on here. They say they are their worst critique~HUMM??? Well I try not to feel and be disappointed. It leads to other emotions. In my most disappointing moments, I TOO VENT a lot. But, I try to get to the root of what is "disappointing me" ,and to me, my poetry is a reflection of me, if I think it is trash, and it is not my best than you know what...It is what it is.. a big disappointment. Anyways, it is normal to feel like this. You are a bright women, you will come out of it. always~ PD

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  1. Date: 10/10/2012 11:42:00 AM
    Dear Catie the reason why I didn't join yet in your contest(rewrite my poem) because all your free verse poem are all fantastic(^_^)...!! I can write simple poems but yours are deep and all your feelings are present just like some of the great poets here on PS....You are all my inspirations!!!I've learned a lot from all of you!so don't get disappointed..for me you are an excellent poet and writer!! hugs!!!!(^_^)

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  1. Date: 10/10/2012 9:17:00 AM
    To me free verse is every poem I despise thus idea of forms. Who has the right to say what poetry is? I believe what ever we write upon a piece of paper that can extract something fron another human being us what I call poetry. It's always the reader who will interpret whether they deem it good or bad. This is okay because this in turn will interpet the person. So again to me forms of poetry do nothing more than constrain the writer. I know others may disagree but this is the opinion of one happy go lucky guy.

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  1. Date: 10/10/2012 9:01:00 AM
    My philosophy is the more you write the better you will become.

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  1. Date: 10/10/2012 8:59:00 AM
    You can put your emotions in poems but who says that you have to post them to the world. keep to yourself for your private therapy.

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 9:40:00 PM
    Write what you enjoy and not to please others. You'll be happier. Mine are meant to be funny story poems... Definately not classy but they are fun and make people happy. See some of my Troll poems or "You just cant win". I'll never win contests with them, but they make me happy.

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 7:46:00 PM
    Catie, I do not write free verse well but I keep practicing. I write a poem then tear it apart and always strive to improve. I don't follow Chris' rules well but I try. I find poetry cathartic and if I do not wish to share, I don't post a poem. I think it's an individual's choice. Write what you want and post what you want. You know you could write about a tree and the way you describe it may produce an emotion in the reader. So it doesn't have to be personal emotion shared, its just how you write it. Keep writing, and the same holds true with poetry, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Take care, Lee

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 3:51:00 PM
    Catie...I think Chris nailed it on the head with his comments and I agree with him!...I CONSTANTLY question myself and my abilities as a poet...writers question EVERYTHING including themselves...that's why they write!...As far as free verse goes, I don't understand it and probably never will and SURE don't know how to write it...I love to read others though as long as it's not too complicated... (I HATE complicated poetry!)...So hang in there!...You are not alone....

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 2:18:00 PM
    Catie you do fantastic free verse REALLY! As to putting yourself out there for everyone to see, I hear you BUT that shows you are BRAVE, you are a survivor. Readers do get tired of reading about unicorns, ghosts, butterflies, .... Do you want a COACH??? Should I read you daily and critique :)

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 1:52:00 PM
    Here is another thing. For me, writing rarely comes free and natural.More than half what I write is invented. It is like doing an exercise but trying to do it in my best possible way. (why I tend to call myself a wordsmith rather than an "inspired poet.") I take great pains to write nearly every poem I do, going over and over every line until I feel it is perfected. that is not the "free verse" way. I think it "flows" for many free verse poets, even for many rhymers. but we are all so individual in our styles. Everyone of us has something great to offer. I am not an emotional person and never have been. So the personal "sad" tanka for PD, I can't even do it. I tried 2 hrs and gave up! dang!

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 1:45:00 PM
    Catie, when I read your poetry, I am always a bit jealous of your free verse because this is how I WISH I could write. I am always up front with my friends, and I tell them I do not write free verse for the simple reason, I am a "form poet" and I am a "wordsmith" I just like the challenge of putting words together in the best possible way. My mind does not have the ability to "think outside the box" with different and unusual images. I like descriptive writing and metaphors, but I could never write, for example, in the exotic style of Nette, Charlotte or Cyndi when they are at their "free verse best". there is another thing that makes it difficult for me... continued.

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 1:20:00 PM
    First, I agree with what the others have said. i guess we poets are more alike than we pretend. Second, practice haiku. It is all about nature. leaving 'I' out completely. It is not easy for most, and. it is a discipline to do correctly. I may write 100 to get one I consider 'good'. I post very few now. Don't worry about the syllable count, just try to write one idea, with a little twist at the end. the apple tee/ sitting below/sunset.

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 12:24:00 PM
    Catie I hear you. Well...I love free verse but I can barely rhyme. Disappointment is not a bad thing - it means you have the capacity to grow. Contentment equals stagnation. And you don't have to use your own emotions to write a poem, try borrowing a persona and write from their point of view. Who knows?

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 12:13:00 PM
    “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.” --Oscar Wilde. I have been variously told that "when you are older...." to "it is not easy to recall when you were young"... BECOME the subject and leave your ego (that other "bad bit") at the door. Like all good painters will tell you: The secret of a good painting lies in recognizing when to leave it alone. That is how I feel about some of my poems. It was a statement at the time, and does not reflect my current mood/take on matters. A disclaimer in a way.... :-)

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 12:07:00 PM
    I'll tell you... even my best free verse, to date... is a disappointment to me.

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 12:00:00 PM
    P.S. -- only good writers self-evaluate their writing. Only good writers have moments such as the one you are having now. The irony is, those people who are satisfied with their writing, who boast how good they are, etc....well, 99% of the time, they are terrible writers!

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 11:56:00 AM
    Catie, I am my own worst critic. This drives me to keep trying and trying, not to settle into complacency. I can understand your: "Frankly, I am tired of putting my emotions out there for the world to consume." I am not publicly posting a lot of my recent poems(I mean, new poems that haven't been posted ANYWHERE). I cannot stop myself from putting my emotions into poems(just not for me to do!), but I don't have to publicly post them. Hey, putting up a blog like this, reinforces how you don't want to be a mediocre writer churning out a bunch of blah, and how you want to continue pushing yourself beyond complacency with regards to your writing.

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 11:50:00 AM
    That's why im not writing! LOL! Lately, im not happy with any line I write. Welcome to the "reading interval" : )

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/30/2015 Quote Rumi - Not Giving You A Thought Free verselost love,
11/29/2015 If I Have Learned Anthing Proseabuse,forgiveness,
11/28/2015 A Country Christmas Free versechristmas,
11/28/2015 So Long Free verselost love,
11/28/2015 Bid On My Love Coupletintrospection,love,
11/27/2015 Wingfield Park at Christmas Time Rhymechristmas,
11/27/2015 An Enlightening Day Haibunbetrayal,friendship,love,
11/26/2015 Alone in a Crowd Free verselonely,
11/23/2015 What If Coupletreligion,spiritual,
11/21/2015 The Outlands Free versechild abuse,childhood,sis
11/21/2015 Wrestling Rabbits and Dreams Free versedesire,
11/21/2015 Overheard in the Confessional Free versejesus,spiritual,
11/21/2015 The Distant Flame Balladepassion,
11/21/2015 Enlightenment Rhymegod,spiritual,
11/19/2015 Sleighing - A Pleiades Rhymefor him,
11/17/2015 A FUTURISTIC CHRISTMAS Lyricchristmas,future,humor,
11/17/2015 Best Free versehello,
11/15/2015 Being Thankful Free verseappreciation,thanksgiving
11/15/2015 CHRISTIAN Free versegod,jesus,
11/15/2015 Lover of my Soul Chokagod,jesus,
11/14/2015 Broken Free verseintrospection,
11/14/2015 Songs of Power Free versechildren,war,
11/10/2015 Angel of Saving Grace Sonnetangel,friendship,love,
11/9/2015 Dreaming Spring Dodoitsunature,seasons,
11/8/2015 This I Bring to You Rhymegod,life,love,
11/8/2015 Disagree Versehow i feel,
11/4/2015 To My Seventeen Year Old Self Rhymeencouraging,
11/4/2015 Violet Consumed Monorhymecolor,senses,
11/2/2015 Fantasy's Mask - A Poet's Dozen Free versefantasy,
10/31/2015 When Calls the Heart Rhymeseasons,
10/27/2015 Life According to Catie Rhymelife,
10/26/2015 Down by The Riverside Free versebaptism,
10/26/2015 Pink Ribbons Free versehealth,
10/26/2015 Blowing the Rose Rhymecreation,nature,rose,
10/26/2015 In the Headlines Free versebetrayal,death,
10/26/2015 Christmas Passed Quatrainchristmas,corruption,pove
10/26/2015 Alive in the Twenty-First Centuiry Rhymejesus,
10/23/2015 Kids Are Funny Limerick Limerickchildren,happiness,humoro
10/22/2015 Call of The Wild Free verseadventure,life,
10/20/2015 Mary Versefriend,relationship,
10/19/2015 Grand Prize Versedeep,
10/19/2015 Paper Dolls Versemeaningful,
10/19/2015 Clairvoyant Dragon Rhymecourage,
10/18/2015 Unacceptable Me Free verselife,

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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Don't Come Free versedeath,lost love,me,
APPARITION Lyricvisionaryname,name,
Love Have Everything Upon This Earth Free verseimagination,love,
Comes a Wind Rhymenature,
That Moment We Shall Sing Out Free verseimagination,inspirational
Hug them kindheartedly Verseinspirational,
City of Joy,Kolkata,6 PM Pantoumimagination,places,god,be
Jekyll's Hide Free verseintrospection,life,light,
WATCHING A SUMMER STORM IN DOYLESTOWN Rhymeadventure,angst,art,black
Missing Mother Versedepression,devotion,me,mi
Each Day Takes its Turn Carpe Diemblack african american,da
Shrouds of Mist Quatrainloss,sad,
COMES NOW THE HUSH Rondeaunature,uplifting,me,
The All Seeing I Verseintrospection,light,light
The Prophesy of Me Free versephilosophy,
Instead Of Loving Me As Christ Does Rhymededication,depression,dev
An Angel Rhymefaith,
You Took My Place Rhymedevotion,faith,religion,
Be Still Rhymefaith,religion,god,god,lo
Wrapped In Ribbons And Bows Of Love I do not know?hope,life,love,
forgotten is no option Free verselove,
The Voice Free versefaith,hope,inspirational,
There Was A Time We Weren't Ashamed Of God Rhymededication,depression,dev
Lovers of the Storm Free verselost love,dream,dream,lov
Werewolves I do not know?life,loss,love,passion,sa
honest reflections of a manogre Rhymeallegory,angst,anniversar
Reflections of manogre part two Rhymefriendship,life,
CANDLE 1st in Spanish then scroll down for english trans Lyricangst,art,black african a
FIRST KISS OF OUR LOVE Sonnetangst,art,black african a
her eyelashes' flicker Haikuromance,
Tender Caring Loving Heart Rhymelife,beauty,beauty,day,li
Aphrodite Night Sonnetangst,art,black african a
THE R-O-S-E Acrosticlove,
the sum of us Rhymefriendship,
OUR MIDNIGHT PLACE Sonnetangst,art,black african a
I Can Do All Things Through Him Rhymeuplifting,words,me,me,
Before you go a little way, prospecting Dramatic monologuegirlfriend-boyfriend,word
Beyond Your End Double Dactyladventure,angst,art,black
Prologue to Lessons of Change Dramatic monologuelife,may,
A Solstice Free versedeath,faith,religion,
Afterglow Free verselove,passion,words,me,me,
Lord I Praise And Worship YOU Rhymeconfusion,dedication,depr
He can change your night into day Biofaith,god,god,me,
MY SNOW WHITE CATIE LINDSEY Free versededication,me,rain,friend
Hermaphrodite - Part I Free versededication,hope,life,love
Hermaphrodite - Part II Free versehope,life,love,passion,me
Hermaphrodite - Part III Free versehope,life,love,passion,fe
TAPESTRY Lyricangst,art,black african a
Learning To Fly Again Free versehope,life,nature,bird,bir
Leaving All I Know Coupletdeath,imagination,life,de
Steel Horse Wings of Feather Coupletfaith,imagination,me,hors
the crucible savant Narrativeadventure,life,tribute,up
Bliss State Villanellefaith,family,happiness,lo
slag worn centipedes Rhymeon writing and words,autu
death's breath is warm Senryudeath,life,nature,philoso
Hear Oh L-rd Kyriellefaith,family,happiness,
black pebbles and violet streams Rhymedeath,dedication,loss,lov
Echo Quintellalonely,song,song,
The Sowing---Repost in honor of Black History Month Free verseblack african american,de
Where Eden Begins Rhymegarden,nature,rose,song,
Twigs Free versedream,fantasy,flower,free
Stygstrome - Updrafts Free verseanniversary,happiness,hop
AS Close As Love Free versegrief,love,
Before This My Lady Free versereligious,god,god,
Cry In The Dark Quatraincry,dark,heart,lonely,lon
An Inhuman Presence Classicismbest friend,imagination,w
I am the Temple Blank verseinspirational,
The Ladybug's Whisper Free verseemotions,freedom,inspirat
Kiss The Sky Free versededication,love,lyric,tha
Autumn's Door I do not know?birth,light,love,
The Ojibwa Narrativenative american,
Like The Prodigal Son Free versefaith,
Come Unto Me I do not know?art,baptism,change,
When Winter Enters the Heart Free verseage,youth,
The Mad Hatters Rhymeconfusion,fantasy,funny,i
Kissing the Blood of Battles Dramatic Versededication,faith,
Out of the Sun Rhymeabsence,age,angst,car,cha
Trophy Wife Free verselife,relationship,
THE PLIGHT Rhymephilosophy,psychological,
Twilight's Clouds Quintain (English)sky,
Smile of the heart Rhymegirl,
Conglomerate Heart Rhymeheart,
I Need Time to Heal Rhymedeath,pain,sad love,sorro
'Smothered No More' Free versegrowth,life,
Nostalgia Rhymenostalgia,
A Reminder: To Be Free versetruth,writing,
Give in to Me Free versedesire,emotions,
Ripe Love's Spectrum I do not know?angel,art,autumn,change,
Lotus Charm Haikuflower,nature,symbolism,
White Crows Rhymeintrospection,
A Girl Called Fate Free verseangst,
Factory Heart Free verseadventure,fantasy,heart,
The Tree Free verseme,tree,
Verses Of Love Rhyme 
Smile For The Camera I do not know?love,
Gathering Stars I do not know?love,
Heart Strummer Terzanellefantasy,
Edinburgh Free versededication,hope,life,love
The Father Of Light Crown of Sonnetslove,

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kash poet India Flag India Read
Jim Pemberton United States Flag United States Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
steven cooke United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Kim Merryman United States Flag United States Read
John Posey United States Flag United States Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
Anthony Slausen United States Flag United States Read
Joy Wellington Canada Flag Canada Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
craig cornish United States Flag United States Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Tony Bush United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Gregory Golden United States Flag United States Read
Donald Goodside United States Flag United States Read
Just That Archaic Poet United States Flag United States Read
Eileen Manassian _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
Vic Pister Canada Flag Canada Read
Mustapha Mohammed Trinidad and Tobago Flag Trinidad and Tobago Read
little known nothing United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Fatima Nusairat United States Flag United States Read
Alex Roth United States Flag United States Read
Peter Fifield Canada Flag Canada Read
Su Ben United States Flag United States Read
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
TS Lewis United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Edwin Hofert United States Flag United States Read
Anthony Beesley United States Flag United States Read
mal campbell United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Gerald Dillenbeck United States Flag United States Read
Paul Schneiter United States Flag United States Read
Robert Chirino 3rd United States Flag United States Read
David A. Cain United States Flag United States Read