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First I was me,

Selfish as can be,

Wanting everything from A to Z

And wanting it all for me.

Then I became we,

A part of an us.

I learned to share, give and take

I learned how to trust.

Next I was you,

Believe me it's true.

I would rather give than receive,

It was you I wanted to please.

Now I am them,

A family man.

Giving my children,

All that I can.

If you look real close,

It is easy to see,

I am older and wiser,

And no longer a me.

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An Ode to the Unknown Poet - This May be About You

Blog Posted:9/20/2012 11:14:00 AM
I just posted this poem today, but thought I would also include it in a blog, since I thought about many of you while writing it.  And, yes, I realize it does not really fit the description of an "Ode".

An Ode to the Unknown Poet

He wrote poems that nobody read
He wrote sayings that never got said
He wrote lyrics that nobody sung
They were masterful - every one

He wrote essays never taken up by the cause
With his writing he seldom would pause
He wrote novels that nobody saw
The publishers never did call

His creativity, nobody else could match
He had ideas nobody else could hatch
But his product nobody else would see
Because he lacked notoriety

But his pen continued to flow
Though the results had nowhere to go
He put them out on the Internet
But nobody has read them yet

They buried that poor man today
Still not knowing what he had to say
His gift he tried so hard to share
Is lost in the ethereal somewhere

Perhaps this story is true
Perhaps this is all about you
If so, I feel your pain
There are many who can make this claim

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  1. Date: 9/26/2012 4:47:00 AM
    so true,great write Joe Them lol

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  1. Date: 9/22/2012 1:03:00 AM
    Many times I felt like that unknown poet, but I refused to live life in darkness, never being read and recognized. Here on Poetry Soup I have met many great gifted poets who have helped me grow. I suggest Self Publish to any poet who gets rejection letters from an editor, or's the only avenue to get recognized. I love the that little boy your adorable son? Thanks, Joe for your interesting blog. Have a wonderful weekend. Peace @ Love, Andrew.

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 9:39:00 PM
    I'm going to try to free style like "robert" does with this little ditty: Perhaps he did not try to meet/ other poets, for one needs to greet/ a great many poets/ or they'll never know it/: the fact that the poor guy could write. (I love your poem, Joe, but I have noticed that when I take a break from Soup, immediately I lose many readers. That's just how the game is played here and at any other poetry sites. Sad but true. I can only imagine the awesome poets we are not seeing because they are hidden in the shadows)

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 6:57:00 PM
    nice one Joe

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 6:32:00 PM
    two words ;) SELF PUBLISH! :0

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 2:55:00 PM
    Read this on FB - you are everywhere.

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:35:00 AM
    Wonderful poem, Joe. reminds me of someone I know. hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:30:00 AM
    oh I just read this on your poem page - fantastic write - how did you know all of this stuff about me? ;)

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  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:22:00 AM
    Tremendously great write because so often it is true.

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My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 8/6/2014 6:32:00 PM
A Promise to Myself
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 10:21:00 AM
A Question for My Fellow Poets - Men and Women
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 9:00:00 PM
Everybody Has a Holy Grail
Date Posted: 6/22/2014 3:37:00 PM
Maya Angelou
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 10:01:00 AM
Very Punny Stuff
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 6:47:00 PM
Seeing Your Child Off to War
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 1:04:00 PM
Tears for Oso
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 5:52:00 PM
A New Milestone
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 12:46:00 PM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes - Today's the Day - UPDATED WITH PICTURES FROM THE WALK
Date Posted: 4/25/2014 10:42:00 AM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes - Contest Winners Posted
Date Posted: 4/21/2014 12:32:00 PM
Strangers Helping Out - One Donation at a Time
Date Posted: 3/31/2014 11:23:00 AM
An Update on the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" Contest
Date Posted: 3/27/2014 3:25:00 PM
If I Could Enter My Own Contest - Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 12:27:00 PM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 12:38:00 AM
Harder Than it Seems
Date Posted: 3/7/2014 5:02:00 PM
Taking a Stand
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 10:46:00 AM
The 12th Man Includes Women Too
Date Posted: 2/22/2014 3:51:00 PM
Excuse My Brag
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 2:19:00 PM
Walking Fools
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 12:26:00 PM
Finding Evidence that Someone Found Use for One of my Poems
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 1:31:00 PM
What a Super, Super Bowl
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 2:20:00 PM
Don't Cry for me Argentina
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 4:47:00 PM
Thank You for Your Recent Comments
Date Posted: 12/19/2013 1:11:00 PM
The Comment That Became A Poem
Date Posted: 7/30/2013 5:39:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/19/2014A Man With Rhyme to ReasonBalladlife,
9/17/2014The Ballad of Goodie-Two-ShoesBalladlife,
9/16/2014My Life of QuicksandRhymeallegory,bio,life,
8/12/2014She is LoveLyriclove,
8/11/2014Purely ParadiseLyriclove,lust,
8/10/2014I Am HereRhymedesire,
8/4/2014A Six Pack Love AffairRhymefunny,life,
7/30/2014Random Acts of KindnessQuaterninspirational,
7/30/2014Facade of ContentRhymelife,
7/23/2014A Father's TearsRhymesad,
7/22/2014Any Time You Need a FriendRhymefriendship,love,lyric,
7/15/2014Her Last PoemRhymedeath,sad,
7/6/2014Slave to a Woman's TearsRhymelife,
7/4/2014Emptied BottlesRhymelife,sad,
6/24/2014Poets Who Write Love PoemsFree versepoetry,
6/22/2014The Summer of 1974Rhymebio,memory,
6/19/2014We Both Get PassionateRhymelove,lust,
6/18/2014A One of a Kind WomanRhymegirl,
6/17/2014My Inability to Let My Inabilities Stop MeRhymeinspiration,life,
6/16/2014The Rolling Hills of LifeRhymeintrospection,
6/12/2014So, Now WhatNarrativeintrospection,
6/10/2014Sometimes We Just Have to Get NakedRhymelife,
6/2/2014Soup Song Sing-a-longLyricsong,
5/29/2014The Caged Bird is Set FreeElegyangel,eulogy,poets,

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