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11/26/2014 2:19:15 PM
Some missing masterpieces!

James Marshall Goff
Posts: 4
the truly great ones go way beyond (there you go again!) rules....(again!) to create unforgettable art....I felt this poem by Poe deeply and lyrically...if you don' biggy!
11/25/2014 6:51:12 AM
Newly Joined

Rob Biden
Posts: 1
Hello all, I joined a couple of days ago, looking for somewhere to post my rhymes. I've posted in the Poem section of a general forum and joined one other Poetry orientated site, which, if I'm honest didn't suit me. The supposedly constructive criticism was more DESTRUCTIVE than constructive and the place seemed full of 'egos', I shan't be going back. Poetry Soup seems like a much more laid back place and I'm hoping to receive more reasoned critiques. I started writing 3/4 years ago after retiring, just to keep the little grey cells active, and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I must confess that I'm not well up on the fine points of poeting and I hadn't realised there were so many different forms. I tend to write simple four lines per verse rhymes.
11/25/2014 6:03:14 AM
The Passionate Poet To His Love

Marquis MC Mills-Cooper
Posts: 2
Based on Christopher Marlowe’s “Passionate Shepherd To His Love”

Come be with me and become my love
And we shall prove my dreams correct,
That if you join in love with me
Another woman I’ll never need

And we will sit among the trees
Seeing both the birds and bees,
By the water as it falls
The birds will sing as passion calls

And I will make you very happy
Try and please you ever gladly,
Send you flowers at anytime
Romantic moonlight as we dine

Off we go a rendezvous
A subtle point that no one knew,
We’d sit and talk and view the sky
Then I’d get lost inside your eyes

I’d whisper soft some poetry
By many poets including me,
And if these dreams of mine you like
Come be with me and become my love

I’d wish to see you everyday
To show my love a different way,
If these my dreams you like so much
Then be with me and become my love
11/25/2014 5:12:29 AM
Her Smile Is

Marquis MC Mills-Cooper
Posts: 2
Her smile is unfit, as it illuminates beyond the masses,
a misfit in a world of hollow and half-hearted expressions,
The connection to comeliness, its source, not here –in there, away from the
world, but evident to all in it,
It doesn’t fit; I don’t want it to, to make repulsive beauty to compel
compatibility, not I
Let this oddity rivaled by no other be with no other,
Exposed for all its imperfections, her smile is faultless in its reflection,
Wrought in purity, her smile is unfitting, this world has no place for it, unable
to comprehend, it only tolerates it -though in her smile, I extol

Her smile is not right, it’s wrong -it’s so wrong!
In a world where good is bad, dishonesty is rewarded, and
obnoxious behavior celebrated,
Her smile is not harmonious, nor is it congruent in this,
the space it finds itself
So much for honesty and charm I guess, but her smile is laced with both,
as it exudes outward in the form of facial light,
Shining in a world hidden behind shaded lens,
Though in my heart there’s connection, interpretation, processing,
Her smile and my heart intertwine in a mesmeric negotiation, a tacit form of
photosynthesis as her smile sustains and quickens the tempo of its beneficiary

Her smile is tragic, a tragedy unseen since the demise of young love in Verona,
A beautiful tragedy: a flower’s last bloom before death; the serenity in the eye
of a deadly storm; life lost to save another; pure love given yet not returned
-so tragic,
Tragic, there is no pedestal high enough to place her smile on,
So tragic, the sum of all the world’s beauty is soundly out match by her smile,
Tragic, the smile I see, isn’t seen by all,
So tragic, at best, this turned about world will only ever squint in its presence,
Tragic, her smile is so unique; therefore one of a kind, meaning sadly no
replica exists,
So tragic, my angst at my heart’s inability to arrest her smile’s every beam of
light, at best exhibits my selfishness,
Tragic, my definition of you……her smile…counts for so very little
11/24/2014 6:30:49 PM
Greatest Poet, Best Poet - by Bob Atkinson

Joel Thornton
Posts: 2
The rhyme scheme loses momentum in the 6th stanza.. I think just changing that last line of the sixth to rhyme with the scheme you established in the previous stanza's would dramatically improve to cohesive flow of the entire piece ~Joel
11/24/2014 7:09:51 AM
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11/23/2014 2:50:45 AM
How to publish your book for free

Jamie Girl
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wow! and you did that? I've already handwritten two, but I haven't published any...
11/23/2014 2:46:46 AM
Check 'em out!

Jamie Girl
Posts: 2
Hello everyone! Check my new poems!

I've signed up for a while, but I never actually used my account until today, so I could be called relatively new...I've been handwriting poems for quite a while now, too....and I love this website!!!
11/22/2014 2:12:07 PM
The Battle of Borodino - by Bob Atkinson

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 30
The Battle of Fornovo

- by Bob Atkinson

Battle of Fornovo

over and above again

we see such idle times

when creeps that open honesty

which covers up broad lies


French were settled in the land

of those not from their soil

for want of wealth and power

willing others to destroy

Italian Wars

war would enable Venice

to grab power over foreigners

retrieve some land and citizens

for their own selfish motives

can't be free of foreign tongues

directly to the boot

here in the land of history

and intrigue set wild afoot

we find some evidence in this

with what we have today

that ever active struggle

for which the children pay

Children of War Film

gather into a ball with fist

your power and your sword

to give your wealth an increase

when you with peace get bored

those simple minded twits

who fight with violent opposition

to that which now exists

find no peaceful disposition

satisfies their want of power

takes goodness from their hand

give wildness of indiscretion

to their money and their flag

not only do we see a frequent

sadness from powered thrones

we see the open clarity

of greed mixed with firm resolve


French had traded claims for land

with Spain to them support

or support stays not a proper word

when aggravation here evolves

who won this battle openly

can now stand with much debate

doesn't matter why I say

to those who died in stages

you died for greatness of your soul

in fighting for the man

who found in his life a purpose

to instill agony in the land
11/22/2014 10:42:14 AM
Greatest Poet, Best Poet - by Bob Atkinson

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 30


- by BobAtkinson

those who view our language

as some simple tricks prevailing

see nuts and bolts not attitude

nor purpose in their wailing

me, I see some use for words

not like some who help poetry not

those who kill the genre'

with ideas lacking any thought

they drift their minds onto sands

and feed their egos without care

for any finite judgment, producing trash

flimsy descriptions of what is, or isn't there

to read these tripe-ly scribblings

sometimes brings fluid from below

to mess the table fully

needing a gag to end the flow

this creates masters in name only

not those with talents broad

holding a parchment paper stating

their credentials lie quite strong

then send them to the real world

to the bottom of that list

where they could have risen to the top

like lead weights they mostly sink

to study history enlightens minds

to study art tempers the soul

to feel the passion of old times

produces spirits brave and bold

to ponder over simple problems

creates a solver attitude

while those who produce the garbage

see their words as absolute

don't profess to know the truth

but truth here is quite strong

when simple salutations are

read of Baudelaire's longings

he dove deep in his own mind

and saw what could be gleaned

when one tries to adjust to change

that simple or profoundly keen
11/22/2014 12:07:27 AM

John Prior
Posts: 1
Hi all,
I am new to the site and just finding my way around the poems and poets. a like poetry and writing in general, so it is now a hobby, just getting in touch with my creative side.
11/21/2014 9:38:10 AM
DiSPoSe. A Different kind of Poet. DERISIONIST

Joel Thornton
Posts: 2
Hello everybody, I am Joel, and I am an unpublished writer. I have written poetry and expressive prose since early grade school. I always had a social anxiety, which prevented me from effectively communicating or expressing emotions, even to family, best friends, I just didn't ( and still don't to this day to a point) have the verbal confidence.
My voice has always been strongest in the written word.

I am also a guitarist, and heavy metal musican. I love the outdoors, animals, and music. I am an executive line cook, at a premier steak an d smokehouse.

I am a non-custodial, (proud) father of an amazing 11 year old daughter

I would say the majority of my poetry revolves around angst, shame, regret, anger, and frustrations born in the wake of the destruction of my relationship with my daughters mom.

It isn't that I haven't written many things in the years since the divorce, it is that I wrote so much during and after that intense time in my life. (about 30 composition books ) I needed that outlet more than I ever had before. It will still take me a long while to rival the works from then.

looking back at the poetry from that period in my life, I have become convinced I would have committed a homicide , suicide, or both if I hadn't had that catharsis.The sheer flow of artistic creativity that flooded from me was unlike any transformation I have ever experienced. I became a musician, a painter, a gardener, and I could compose any idea, or inspiration with ease into visual, musical, or poetic medium. It was a renaissance for me, convalescent, and unfortunately temporary.

After the floodgates dried, I had a drought.. a plague of writers block, and just a long patch of uninspired living. Until about '09 or '10 I finally started stretching my proverbial legs in expression again.

Then February of 2014 I met someone who seemed to breathe the fire of creativity back into my lungs. She also injected hope in to this cold jaded heart..

Now I write daily. Composing a piece, or maybe just starting one..

Almost all of my recent poems are more metaphysical in nature.. Spiritually questioning the nature of consciousness, existence, and the universe itself, with some romantic notions, and then some odes of dalliance.

I am born and raised in Wyoming, which is in the western US. I am currently looking into becoming self-published, or even to be picked up by a publishing house I want to share my art, otherwise, what is the point>?

Does art have value without an audience? It becomes just a lonely exercise in self-expressive psycho-therapy, or nostalgic masturbation but I digress...

Well I hope this told you a little bit about me, and hopefully gets you to not only read my poem, but to leave me feed-back, critiques, and I even appreciate opinions..

Joel R. Thornton.
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11/20/2014 7:01:10 AM
Please Critique

Jacob Frey
Posts: 1
Once my love, was a timeWhen I could quote line for lineThe lyric of our loveStill this day I think of youBeautiful SkyThe baby blue, red, and orange huesLeaves of autumn Come another dayYou remind me of yesterdayThis lyric of loveWe brought to lifeWith smiles, laughter, and happy eyesPleasant AvenueRun away againTo the hills, and into Beautiful Sky
edited by brokenwingedangel on 11/20/2014
11/19/2014 2:23:49 PM
Just wanted to say hi

Jordan Miller
Posts: 2
well my friend jim noticed i was writing alot of poetry and introduced me to the site, but school got me started on poetry
11/19/2014 2:22:06 PM

Jordan Miller
Posts: 2
17 here
11/19/2014 2:05:22 PM
junkyardofcreation - open for submissions

Skippy Kangeroo
Posts: 1

I've created a new poetry site, junkyardofcreation and we are looking for submissions.

We will accept any form or style of poetry, and are open to any theme.

We have a particular love of the unusual and strange.

Themes we really like include, pixels, electricity, other worlds, voodoo and the internet.

Submissions will be posted on Saturdays, depending on the quality and quantity this will either be weekly or fortnightly. Starting from December a guest poet will be featured every month.

If you would like to submit a poem or poems, please email them to
edited by skippy_kangeroo on 11/19/2014
11/19/2014 12:48:43 PM
richard poor...just a poet

richard poor
Posts: 1
I am what I am...a liver of life....
11/19/2014 9:12:58 AM
18 Stoic Faces - by Bob Atkinson

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 30
EmotionalLiteral Tomes

- by BobAtkinson

18 Stoic Faces
Emotion of Disgust

have written words before on

this subject some have blessed

how poetry fills the heart

with endless emotional progress

some give the subject passing grades

some give it no real thought

some think they know its content

see poetry as fully rotten

well, to some extent I do believe

that enough has be done

to give the genre a bad rap

with words of nonsense rung

rung from that tree of indecision

like a personin the park

who knows not which path to take

how to get home before the dark

they pen words of nonsense

taking the mantle for their name

of "poet" of the highest order

without good words to claim

not only are their words so frail

but their stories often walk

off in that useless direction

only they would think was smart

so, let's add to the "do's" of poetry

that requirement firmly instilled

emotional aspects must poetry contain

without which the story lies insincere

also, must refrains contain

a literal view of life

to point us toward our fate

or lay bare our inner strife

tomes must within these walls

sense passion in our being

stories telling those incidents

of which we feel have meaning

Posted byBob Atkinsonat7:04 PM

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