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A poet feels

A poet feels in metaphors
and images. A poet pours
their inner world into the air
and innocently leaves it there,
untethered. A poet stores 

their love in dactyls, bares their flaws
in anapaests, fights inner wars
in verse, and all a mind can bear
a poet feels.

A poet never once ignores
the seam of bliss that underscores 
the world. They paint its lines with flair,
excited that their words can share
such joy - for all the eye adores
a poet feels.


1 August 2019
For Charles Messina’s Rondeau Contest
Note: English accent! Metaphors / pours / stores / flaws / wars / ignores / underscores / adores all end in the same “ors” sound.

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Date: 8/31/2019 2:53:00 PM
Just beautiful, Nina. Such graceful meter and continuation of the thought into your refrain. Gorgeous word choices. Fave.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/31/2019 2:56:00 PM
Thank you very much Dale! I’m honoured by your feedback and fave! :-D
Date: 8/6/2019 2:18:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved placement.
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Date: 8/6/2019 2:21:00 AM
Thank you Subimal!
Date: 8/4/2019 6:42:00 PM
this is just excellent work, NIna. It's so well metered and exactly how a great rondeau should be! i think it may be one of your first. If that is so, a big congrats on how well it turned out.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/5/2019 2:10:00 AM
Thank you very much Andrea for your kind comment. Yes, it is my second rondeau. Such a pretty form!
Date: 8/4/2019 12:18:00 PM
I feel a free verse style has nicely been shifted to the format of Rondeau, a difficult job that you have executed perfectly ... Powerful composition with rich content ... Nice refrain in ' a poet feels' ... Enjoyed reading ... Congratulations, Nina ...
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/4/2019 1:30:00 PM
Ah thank you Probir! It was really fun to try to create that free flow feel within such a strict form.
Date: 8/4/2019 7:47:00 AM
This is a wonderful poem Nina. Unfortunately in your line "Untethered a poet stores" there are only 7 syllables and it should have been 8. Loved the poem! Thanks for entering my contest. Hugs Charlie
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/4/2019 1:28:00 PM
Ah yes Charlie, fair enough - knew I was risking death by syllable count with that one, but I liked the way it created a little pause in the poem! Thanks for setting a rondeau contest - I needed an excuse to have another go at this lovely form x
Date: 8/3/2019 3:03:00 PM
This is flawless, Nina. I feel my seam of bliss itch) I'd wish you gold in the contest, but I've already wished it to someone else. That's why I wish you the starry diamonds and the eternal glory. Faved it.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/3/2019 3:27:00 PM
Haha, I’ll certainly take starry diamonds and eternal glory! You should see someone about that itchy seam ;-) Thank you Kurt. :-)
Date: 8/2/2019 7:39:00 PM
This is wonderful. Sure to be a winner. SuZ
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/3/2019 3:27:00 PM
Thank you very much Suzanne! :-)
Date: 8/2/2019 12:46:00 PM
Great, creative mind. Well done
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/2/2019 1:00:00 PM
Thank you very much Solomon :-)
Date: 8/2/2019 10:27:00 AM
In a world that encourages feelings to be hidden, poetry refreshes the soul.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/2/2019 1:00:00 PM
It does! Don’t think I could be sane without it now. Thank you Sunlite :-)
Date: 8/1/2019 10:25:00 PM
This is absolutely superb, Nina... another FAV for me! ;)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/2/2019 12:59:00 PM
Aw thanks lovely!
Date: 8/1/2019 6:21:00 PM
You certainly bring your heart into all your poetry, this is glorious!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/2/2019 12:59:00 PM
Thank you very much Michelle :-)
Date: 8/1/2019 5:47:00 PM
nice, there's warming feel good feel that warms lol great rhythm and rhyme aswell, lovely stuff
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/2/2019 12:59:00 PM
Thank you! I feel... warm. :-)
Date: 8/1/2019 4:22:00 PM
This is beautiful, Nina! I love the rhythm and flow and the metaphors you used! Love, Kim
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/2/2019 12:58:00 PM
Thank you Kim :-)