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Nominated as one of the BEST POETS (current or in the past) on World Poetry Day, 21 March 2013 - in Dazed & Confused Magazine.

2. @ WATER DANCE (facebook page): Tips, poetry forms, self-publishing, websites, my books for sale, etc

Included in: My poem, ON THE OCEAN WAVES
International Who's Who in Poetry 2012
Library of Congress ISBN- 978-1-61936-035-8

My poem, The African Man, featured twice during 2012 in the eMagazine, Afritorial


Blog Posted:1/10/2013 4:29:00 AM

1976 - Apple 1

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched the first Apple computer in April 1976.

We have came a long way in the communication technology fields. The world has shrunk (or has it?) because of the ease with which we can communicate with people around the globe. 

I have been wondering whether it is such a good thing after all - this "instant messaging". It is human nature to WANT to be liked or accepted by others. But who is to say that the image or the impression which we have formed of someone via correspondence on the Internet, is based on fact? We have to trust that the people we allow into our thoughts and often are privy to our personal lives, are honorable.

Gone are the days when we have first engaged our brains before we engaged our mouths - or before we had put pen to paper???

I remember, years ago, standing with a letter in my hand (after I had rewritten it several times) and still doubling whether I should send it. It was an answer to a marriage proposal. Yes, we did eventually get married (1975), but my reluctance to send that acceptance letter should have rung the warning bells in my mind loud and clear. We eventually got divorced. A subject for a different blog perhaps -not here now.

If you are like me, I express myself much better through my poetry and have found the healing properties of not only penning poems, but also reading other poets' thoughts shared with the world.

"I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean." ~ Socrates 

Do you agree with Socrates' statement? 

Thank you Frank H for inspiring this post with your "Do You Remember?" contest.

For those of you (like me) who like to snack while you write, here is a link to what we miss about the Good Old Days:



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  1. Date: 1/10/2013 2:27:00 PM
    I've read young poets, full of hope and fire, some older poets too... but I see more wisdom and knowledge in the older poets. I think sometimes a message comes out in poetry, not intended, but the soul and heart speak and shine through even if unintended. Imagination can often play a bigger part also. Life examples are even a larger part. Enjoyable blog....thank you. Makes one think....

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/10/2013 8:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Debra. We, as poets, draw inspiration from many sources. I like reading a poet's work where I can discern a strong voice - ie where the poet does not pander to popular choice, but rather his/her own perception in a language which they have made their own.
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 11:47:00 AM
    The Savoir said " the spirit and the body are the soul." How many know their spirit as well as their body?

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/10/2013 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hallo, Michael. You may visit my website and download FREE: The Flight. In that I explain my stance regarding the spirit and what it means to me to be alive. (The space is too limited here on PS for a the full answer that your question warrants). Love. Su
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/10/2013 12:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some may live a lifetime, without ever being alive.
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 10:49:00 AM
    our words r our expression comes naturally to poets...sometimes it can be prophetic too because there hv been times when i re read my poem and i can't believe its written by me...i think it is difficult to explain why we write Su....<3

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/10/2013 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am honoured and pleased to see you visit here, Irfana. Your poetry is what had inspired me to reach within myself and not shy away from expressing myself through my poetry. Much love, my friend. X
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 7:33:00 AM
    If you would know me, read my work. They, at least, are truth.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/10/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Same here, Joann :-)
  1. Date: 1/10/2013 6:06:00 AM
    Writers write because it is like breathing to us. We take in what's around us and we push out poetry or prose. It is the most natural thing in the world to want to hear ones own voice, writing allows us that. Socrates certainly had a point but I think in our heart of hearts we do know what our words mean IF we are ready to listen to even ourselfs?

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/10/2013 6:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You make a good point here, Debbie. We most often know what our words mean - and hopefully, so do the readers. :-)

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/15/2014I HAD A DREAM ---Terzanelleabuse,
8/11/2014LIFE'S A CLICHECoupletlife,
7/28/2014COLLATERAL DAMAGERhymechild,children,death,
7/27/2014If God is walking by our sideCoupletdaughter,
7/25/2014FREE FROM MOOD Blitzintrospection,
7/24/2014Language, per se - LGTCoupletlanguage,
7/22/2014TimeSuzette Primedeath,life,philosophy,
7/6/2014IN THE FORESTVerseafrica,allegory,baby,natu
7/2/2014WHEN THE FINAL BELL TOLLS - Inspired by the RUBAIYAT, of Omar KhayyamRhymephilosophy,
6/7/2014SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERNSijolonely,longing,lost love,
5/25/2014moths flitMonokuanalogy,nature,
5/23/2014Not haikuSenryuanalogy,humor,humorous,
5/18/2014IN SILENCE LAYS THE ANSWERSonnetallegory,philosophy,poets
5/13/2014the cherry blossomHaikuspring,
5/13/2014BRIDGE TOO FARVersemythology,
5/11/2014HAPPY MOTHER'S DAYTankamothers day,
5/5/2014tears of this veldSijohero,longing,memory,natur
5/5/2014TO A NUNNERY, GOFree versemarriage,men,women,
5/5/2014scorpion Haikunature,
4/14/2014DESMOND MPILO TUTU - Itty Bitty poemClerihewhumorous,
3/31/2014SWEET TASTE OF LOVE In memory of Linda-marie Sweet-heartSuzette Primebereavement,death,dedicat
3/27/2014CHAOS - SUZETTE PRIMESuzette Primephilosophy,

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Fav Poems

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As Raindrops FallLyriclife,love,philosophy,visi
The Shadow of MeFree verseintrospectionme,age,old,t
As Canvas WeepsTankaart
Through the Winter Cold he Rode Villanellelove,winter,
Seasons to wonderRhymenature,seasons,me,winter,
The Loss of WisdomQuaternintrospection,loss,people
Autumn LoveAcrosticlove,
PseudonymFree verseallegory,hope,introspecti
swarm of dragonfliesHaikuart,nature,
Dying RoseHaikudevotion,
Jokers LamentSenryufunny,life,
Distant Thunder - A Shan-zi PoemFree versenature,
Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 DreamsRhymeanimals,
'Peace when needed'Free versefriendship,hope,life,lost
Wearied WanderlustRondeaulove,
The Allure of Your LipsQuaternpassion,romance,visionary
Invitation to the DanceFree verseallegory,
TUNES OF WAVESRhymemusic,nature,ocean,
Beauty of NatureHaikunature,
Do You RememberFree verselost lovetime,
Nette Onclaud, Princess to be QueenQuatrainhistory,people,places
DARE WEQuatrainfunny,me,
Wayward ChildPantoumage,dark,introspection,li
Ewmer Fudd and Buggs Bunny Paint the Town WedCoupletfunny,life,

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