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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 Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 5/5/2016 7:34:00 PM
Reminder: Stand As 1 has been rescheduled...
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The "Who ARE You?" Contest Is Judged
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Contest Judging and Life in General
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My "Spring" Contest Is Judged
Date Posted: 3/24/2016 8:26:00 PM
Contest is Finalized!
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Contest Update
Date Posted: 2/12/2016 8:38:00 AM
Free Verse Extravaganza Contest Finalized
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/3/2016 Even The Angels Wept Senryuabuse,betrayal,children,
5/2/2016 The Warrior's Way Free versemoving on,
5/1/2016 His Dissatisfaction Free versecorruption,loss,
4/29/2016 Thus Far Free versedeath,heaven,life,
4/28/2016 Friendships Change Free versefriendship,self,
4/26/2016 Please Don't Push Free verseintrospection,
4/23/2016 Henry The Walrus Proseanalogy,murder,
4/21/2016 Sometimes Free verseintrospection,
4/20/2016 Castle on the Hill Free verselove,
4/18/2016 Pacific Free versedream,life,
4/10/2016 What's In A Name Free verselove,name,
4/9/2016 Impossible Lyriclove,true love,
4/7/2016 Somebody Lyrichope,inspiration,love,
4/6/2016 Just for Today Free verselove,
4/5/2016 Seeing Clearly Free verselost love,
4/2/2016 Fresh Air and Mountain Ranges Free verselife,
4/1/2016 A Not So Original Monoku Monokuearth,sea,sky,
3/31/2016 A Little About Myself Free versebeauty,introspection,summ
3/30/2016 Thirteen Syllables or Less Haikunature,
3/29/2016 The Breath Of Life Free verseheart,love,sorry,
3/28/2016 Love Isn't Love Without Hope Quatrainhope,love,
3/27/2016 The Beauty of Him - one liner Monokubeauty,dedication,
3/22/2016 Sunset on the Pacific Rhymehope,love,
3/22/2016 I Don't Really Know Why Senryuhistory,sorry,
3/21/2016 Excuses Free verseabsence,heart,love,missin
3/21/2016 I, The Grinch Free verseabsence,love,
3/20/2016 God Can Bring Victory Free versefaith,
3/20/2016 Orca Rhymeanalogy,animal,
3/20/2016 Seeking A Miacle Free verseforgiveness,hope,
3/19/2016 Seeing - One Liner Masnavilife,
3/5/2016 Bottling Rain Free verselife,seasons,
2/24/2016 HA Limerickhumorous,
2/22/2016 The Game of Life- One Liner Monokubutterfly,
2/22/2016 Beautiful Deception Monokudream,
2/22/2016 Silly Girl - for contest Free verseimagination,
2/18/2016 No Angel Free verseangel,beautiful,
2/17/2016 Two Lenses Diminished Hexaversecelebration,childhood,
2/16/2016 This Aint No Time Senryuabuse,animal,humanity,
2/16/2016 Awaken Softly Monokudream,heaven,
2/16/2016 With Her Head in the Clouds Rhymefear,feelings,heartbreak,
2/15/2016 Shall We Gather At the River Free verseintrospection,irony,
2/14/2016 On A Park Bench Monorhymeimagination,places,
2/10/2016 Haiku 102 Haikuocean,
2/7/2016 Raspberry Chocolate for PD Monokuchocolate,heaven,
2/4/2016 Solitude Monokusolitude,spiritual,
1/30/2016 Haiku Haikunature,
1/25/2016 Katrina - for contest Monokuanimal,natural disasters,
1/22/2016 Bee My Valentine Villanellelove,
1/20/2016 Ballad of The Devil's Delight Balladsin,
1/18/2016 Eclipsed - for contest Monokumoon,
1/16/2016 Autumn 2012 Rhymenatural disasters,people,
1/16/2016 Judgment, Bloody Judgment Crown of Sonnetsgod,religious,
1/16/2016 Fine Lines Free verseintrospection,
1/16/2016 When Of't Doth Fly Sonnetnature,seasons,
1/16/2016 Summer's End Sonnetnature,seasons,
1/16/2016 Riding The Sprial Light Free verselife,
1/16/2016 When Mercury Spills Rhymeimagination,
1/15/2016 Grace Rhymelove,passion,
1/15/2016 Oceans of Love Sonnetgod,
1/15/2016 Soul Speak Free verseintrospection,
1/15/2016 Behind Green Eyes Free verseintrospection,spiritual,
1/15/2016 Shades of Green Coupletlove,passion,
1/15/2016 Shine Diminished Hexaverseencouraging,
1/15/2016 These Dreams Free versedream,life,
1/15/2016 The Veteran Free versewar,
1/14/2016 Resolve Free versefriendship,
1/14/2016 Dreamwalker Destinal Free verselife,
1/14/2016 Cutting and Biting Free verseabuse,bullying,
1/14/2016 Communion Rhymelove,
1/14/2016 Shaken Free versememory,nostalgia,
1/14/2016 Woebegone Free verseimagination,
1/14/2016 Torn Free versesorrow,
1/14/2016 The Linguist Free verseanalogy,angst,nature,
1/13/2016 Darkest Before Dawn Sonnetimagination,
1/13/2016 La Promenade Sonnetart,
1/12/2016 Molting of the Mag-Pie Free verseintrospection,
1/7/2016 Stone Henged Free verseintrospection,
1/7/2016 Inside The Box Free verseloss,
1/7/2016 Tight Free verseintrospection,
1/5/2016 From Way Up There Free verselove,
1/4/2016 a Little Poem Senryulove,
1/4/2016 Blowing Smoke Free verseintrospection,
1/4/2016 Dreaming Warmth Free versebird,nature,
1/1/2016 Of Course Free verseloneliness,
1/1/2016 I, Judas Free versedeath,father,
1/1/2016 Below Zero Free verselost love,
12/31/2015 Sweet Deciet Free versedesire,fantasy,longing,
12/30/2015 She Passed This Way Free versecommunity,friendship,poet
12/29/2015 Venus in a Half Shell Villanelleimagination,
12/28/2015 Inside Forever Senryucrush,
12/28/2015 Watching The Tide Roll In Free verseintrospection,nature,
12/28/2015 Between The Stingers Free verseanger,lost love,
12/28/2015 Torn Free versedesire,
12/28/2015 You Don't Understand Free verseabsence,desire,lost love,
12/18/2015 Haiku Haikuabsence,introspection,
12/18/2015 Heroes Lyriccowboy,
12/18/2015 Lover of my Soul Chokajesus,love,
12/18/2015 Heart To Heart Quaternlove,
12/18/2015 My Greatest Treasure Balladecreation,life,spiritual,
12/18/2015 Dusting Memories Verserecovery from,

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Fav Poems

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
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,
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,
Werewolves I do not know?life,loss,love,passion,sa
The Mad Hatters Rhymeconfusion,fantasy,funny,i
honest reflections of a manogre Rhymeallegory,angst,anniversar
Reflections of manogre part two Rhymefriendship,life,
the sum of us Rhymefriendship,
Kissing the Blood of Battles Dramatic Versededication,faith,
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,
Out of the Sun Rhymeabsence,age,angst,car,cha
When Winter Enters the Heart Free verseage,youth,
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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Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Usual Suspect Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Chris D. Aechtner 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
Gregory Golden United States Flag United States Read
TS Lewis United States Flag United States Read
KP Nunez Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
The Seeker United States Flag United States Read
Cyndi MacMillan Canada Flag Canada Read
Timothy Hicks United States Flag United States Read
binibining P.iNk Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Frederic Parker United States Flag United States Read
John lawless United States Flag United States Read
Laura Loo United States Flag United States Read
Teppo Gren Finland Flag Finland Read
Broken Wings Canada Flag Canada Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick United States Flag United States Read
Larry Bradfield United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
CayCay Jennings United States Flag United States Read
Tim Smith United States Flag United States Read
Brian Strand United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Gary Bateman Germany Flag Germany Read
kurtis scott aka curtis futch jr United States Flag United States Read
Walter T. Ashe United States Flag United States Read
Casarah Nance United States Flag United States Read