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8/31/2015 9:22:17 PM
Topic:
Please help

Edlynn Nau
Posts: 6
I see where I receive mail and edit comments but where do I send members a text?
8/30/2015 3:29:52 PM
Topic:
Something different

Shaan Babu
Posts: 6
Hello,

I would really appreciate any and all feedback on this.

Pls. treat each stanza as an individual, none are connected to each other.

Basically, this is one of my Ghazal's English translation and I want to make sure that it delivers the meaning.

thanks a lot!

...................................................................................







Strange am I, that even being an acquainted of love;

My gloominess is not obvious, although I am sad.




Someone is like God, perhaps;

Who can not be seen although he is around.


With the radiance of growth, I grew up in the wilderness

I can not prosper although I am no more than grass.




Illusion of being is erased, but still;

I am not around you even I am nothing but an illusion




You want to rule the mankind, so congrats
A Darvesh is still recognizable even in a well-dressed attire.

8/30/2015 1:45:05 PM
Topic:
Poem about the sadness of losing childhood joys

Ray Cole
Posts: 1
I can't remember the name, but it is a poem about the sadness of losing one's simple childhood happiness and joys. It seems like I remember the author as being a famous poet.
8/30/2015 1:16:16 PM
Topic:
writers block

Robert Meacham
Posts: 2
Writer's block is a discouraging frame in time. I simply jot down things I see in the normal course of the day that inspires me. I usually read a few poems from my favorite poet....Edgar A Poe
I hope this helps
8/30/2015 4:10:54 AM
Topic:
Groete!

Skaidiv Morjin
Posts: 1
Hi to each and everyone

i greet you from the feet of africa

poetry to me is a living art form, it is not just simply words it has assisted and benefited myself and the world at large, it has the ability to transport us between times, to change energies and mentalities, to influence great authority and to transform lives into a more purposeful and positively inclined state, to change lives, to heal a broken heart and also to express and capture a celebration of joy.

ive learnt a fair share of literacy through poetry, i love poetry! and that is why ive joined this site in the hopes that i will better shape myself through my art and also hopefully inspire others to inspire others to... inspire others

i wish you all love and blessings

Byron
8/29/2015 8:12:28 PM
Topic:
I'm new and need feedback on my poem.

Shaan Babu
Posts: 6
Thanks Sunil,
Your comments are very helpful and constructive. I will make changes accordingly.

I'm new to writing and poetry. So learning.




thanks for your time and hopefully I'm looking forward to having more feedback from you.




S
8/29/2015 8:03:16 PM
Topic:
Good to be here

Shaan Babu
Posts: 6
Hi all,



I'm new to this forum.

I would like to get some constructive feedback on my poetry. Pls help. thanks
8/29/2015 10:56:41 AM
Topic:
Please help

Callie Swendsen
Posts: 1
I want to publish my first poem, but I have no idea what the start and end tags are. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8/29/2015 10:30:08 AM
Topic:
moses in the backside, and I mean backside of Sina

LEWIS FINDLEY
Posts: 1
When the first of the prophets judges and authors old Mr moses lived with his brood, the first born of Heathrow rule his wife and their sons on the backside of sinai, moses woke every am at what we now call 545 am...And he would see a caravan of camels coming from the general east going back in toward Cairo..And what really confused moses..he would see them as they went past....so one morning as he rose...saw the caravan..he asked the Lord...Lord why do I see this...



I am said moses...my dear boy...when you were prince of Egypt and in the royal court...you were heralded and hailed across the world....but I brought you here to show you...what exactly you really were...Do you understand me now son?







Aye Lord..




N ok w go, and take Aaron..And I will be with their as you stand before ramses
8/28/2015 8:50:45 PM
Topic:
A piece I've been working on

SUNIL MATHUR
Posts: 8
A very readable piece, smooth and fast-flowing. Since the poem is about the boy rather than your experiences with him, I feel 'you' does just as well as 'I'. "he has you trapped" appears too mundane and commonplace. You could perhaps think of something better, such as 'entranced'. Capital letter at the beginning and after full-stops could be considered. Perhaps a full-stop after 'hair' and a capital letter after that. The 'him' after 'kiss' is not really needed.
8/28/2015 5:46:23 AM
Topic:
I'm new and need feedback on my poem.

SUNIL MATHUR
Posts: 8
"I endured burning all life but did not give light; If this is life then I didn't live". But you have already said that this is what life is about. So how can you say that you didn't live? What you perhaps actually mean to say is this: "If this is life, then I don't want to live". Or maybe: "If this is life, it is not for me". "What a cruelty, they talk against me; Those whom I have never spoken a word". This is not properly worded. You could say: "What a pity, even they talk ill of me; Against whom I never said a word". "It is just that I've had bad luck and then; Even my candle/lamp refused to lit". What is this candle/lamp that refused to lit, and why? Moreover, in a poem there is no scope for using two alternative words with a back-slash. Expressions such as "candle/lamp" are totally out of place in a poem. "The world seems to tremble with fear from my army: But I have never competed with you". What is this army that you are talking about? How can a private person have an army? Who are these "you" with whom you have never competed? Grammatically, it should be "fear of my army" and not "fear from my army". "The reason I've become so lonely; I have become friends with everyone, no enmity with anyone". If you have become friends with everyone, how can you be lonely?
edited by sunilmathur on 8/28/2015
8/28/2015 12:37:29 AM
Topic:
Delighted to be here

SUNIL MATHUR
Posts: 8
My regards and good wishes to all you esteemed Members of this site. I am from India, and have joined only recently this year, though I have been writing poems for some time now. Here I hope to receive your expert comments and suggestions on my poems, so that I can improve and polish my craft. I also hope to benefit from the vast resources and information about poetry available on this site.
8/28/2015 12:26:29 AM
Topic:
i need to be heard by the world

Taylor Brinsfield
Posts: 2
you did an amazing thing

but what are you trying to gain?
8/28/2015 12:15:06 AM
Topic:
Salutations!

Taylor Brinsfield
Posts: 2
I just joined poetry soup, and I really excited to see so many creative creatures! written word is certainly a treasure beyond price, and i'm certainly glad to share mutually with all. light and love!
8/27/2015 2:41:03 PM
Topic:
I'm new and need feedback on my poem.

Shaan Babu
Posts: 6
Hello,

I'm new to this forum. I'm posting one of my poem for your feedback and comments. I would welcome all the feedback I can get to improve my writing skills. Be as brutal as you can be. I would not mind.

In this poem, each couplet is an individual couplet and they are not connected to each other.
I would really appreciate any and all the comments I can get.
thanks
......................


I endured burning all life but did not give light:
If this is life then I didn’t live.

What a cruelty, they talk against me;
Those whom I have never spoken a word.

Whatever I felt like,I had written with sincerity;
These are my prayers not Poetry.

It is just that I’ve had bad luck and then;
Even my candle/lamp refused to lit.

The world seems to tremble with fear from my army;
But I have never competed with you.

The reason I’ve become so lonely;
I have became friends with everyone, no enmity with anyone

Thanks much!
8/27/2015 2:36:05 PM
Topic:
A piece I've been working on

Shaan Babu
Posts: 6
I like it and would agree on using the first person.

good write up!
8/27/2015 11:26:23 AM
Topic:
Where is the HELP section?

DM Babbit
Posts: 1
Rating poems, how?
8/27/2015 11:09:10 AM
Topic:
A Poem

Shaan Babu
Posts: 6
Hello,

I'm new to this forum. I'm posting one of my poem for your feedback and comments. I would welcome all the feedback I can get to improve my writing skills.
In this poem, each couplet is an individual couplet and they are not connected to each other.
I would really appreciate any and all the comments I can get.
thanks
......................


I endured burning all life but did not give light:
If this is life then I didn’t live.

What a cruelty, they talk against me;
Those whom I have never spoken a word.


Whatever I felt like,I had written with sincerity;
These are my prayers not Poetry.

It is just that I’ve had bad luck and then;
Even my candle/lamp refused to lit.

The world seems to tremble with fear from my army;
But I have never competed with you.


The reason I’ve become so lonely;

I have became friends with everyone, no enmity with anyone
8/26/2015 3:45:46 PM
Topic:
Poem: ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

Dan Cwiak
Posts: 3
Although I appear to be a new poet to the soup, I was on the site over five years ago. I am looking
to see if there is anyway I may find a poem I wrote back then titled "FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN".

It was written for a contest about Eden, but I no longer have a copy and would really like one.

If anyone has a copy in their files please contact me thru the soup. I was in an accident and could not wotrk on

the computer for almost five years, so everything I had was taken down. I made copies of most of my work then,

but this is one I do not have so I am asking for your help. Thanks for any help with this.
8/25/2015 7:45:41 PM
Topic:
Pretense - by Bob Atkinson

Glory Winzer
Posts: 13
Yes, Atkinson. Song lyrics are often poetry in nature. I was attempting to state that hearing something sung in music is much different than reading it. In many ways music is more expressive than words can be.
Perhaps I shall check where you're coming from...




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