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Forgotten Words

It’s hard to keep on writing
when you know your words
never reach quite deep enough—
fail again to plumb prosaic depths
and render speechless those of
greater wit and skill.  

But now and then I’ve managed,
when struck with spasms of lucidity, 
to write of something tiresome
as if it were brand new, and perspired, 
when each word would surrender,
finally, chiseled as if from stone. 

All the chosen words, their meter,
form and rhyme in tight procession,
longing merely for convergent glow, 
and not to come to rest upon a shelf, to 
gather dust and fail to see the light again,
when you’ve written your last word. 

Walking past the local used book store, 
you might see a box outside marked
All These Books For Free. Reach inside and 
take one home and there reflect upon 
the author’s soul and listen for a distant voice, 
now stilled—the voice just might be mine.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 10/7/2018 9:53:00 AM
What a blend of creativity and intelligence , dear Mark. I love what you create with words each time I read through your lines. Much love, Adeniji
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Mark Peterson
Date: 10/7/2018 10:17:00 AM
Your words so uplift and inspire me. Such a devoted and truly great poet you are. Much love to you today and always.
Date: 10/6/2018 3:52:00 AM
One poem i will not forget, Mark, i too wonder, when i read poetry as good as this, 'what the hell am i doing here'
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Date: 10/7/2018 10:11:00 AM
Harry, there are many great poets here and you among them. And, you perhaps like me, cast poetry into the writer’s pond, hoping for a nibble. The important thing to remember is to keep on trying, for the world belongs to the dissatisfied. Lovely thoughts, great poet.
Date: 10/1/2018 7:43:00 PM
My friend, please never doubt your talent. Your words, your poems have and do reach far more lives than you may think. Oft those reached and helped by having read your words do not comment but are still appreciative and live better lives for having thus been so blessed.. A fav my friend! A true gem..
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Date: 10/2/2018 9:53:00 AM
Robert, It’s unfortunate that we often wait for the opinions of others before making up our minds about ourselves. In reality, when I’ve spent a dozen hours parsing, I’ve rendered myself incapable of judgment. Is it good, or is it crap? I really don’t know. So I write and rewrite until I’m pleased with it myself. Thanks for believing in me and saying so.
Date: 9/22/2018 2:14:00 AM
This is a fine piece, Mark, and true to form. I agree with your bookstore box lines, as Authors, be it story or verse, who knows what effect our humble efforts may have in future times? Enjoyed the read, and a fave for me, thanks. Regards, Viv
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Date: 9/22/2018 5:28:00 AM
Now yours is a comment worth reading, my friend. You touched on all the bases and cheered me on this sleepless night.
Date: 9/16/2018 8:40:00 PM
wowowow, this is SO good, my friend. WAs it for LIne's contest. I bet she would love this one in her current contest (for the anthology she is putting out) a FAVE on this one!
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Date: 9/19/2018 8:57:00 AM
And you’re a fave of mine. Thank you so very much.
Date: 9/12/2018 12:34:00 AM
Mark, you are one of the most talented poets on this site and if you feel you are judged by how many comments you receive it could very well be because your words are just not being understood. I remain a loyal fan my friend, and would snap up any book of yours with the speed of a serpents tongue. I loved this! : ) xxoo
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Date: 9/22/2018 5:24:00 AM
Thank you, dear, devoted Connie. Always there with supportive, thoughtful words. Recently, the author of a poem I reviewed told me what I wrote had saved her life. Flowers of friendship blossom here.
Date: 9/10/2018 7:38:00 PM
I should never worry if I were you, that someone else may more skilled or witty than yourself. You touch so many people with your heartfelt words, ..be sure never to underestimate yourself :) And Thank You so much for stopping by my poem today <3
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Date: 9/10/2018 8:21:00 PM
Carrie, lovely to learn now of your visit and to read your kind words regarding my work. Now here I sit, bathing in their afterglow.
Date: 9/10/2018 9:17:00 AM
More like a choir inside that box, well done Mark, I hear you...
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Date: 9/10/2018 12:36:00 PM
I kind of numbed into silence by the sincerity and expanse of your comment. Many, many thanks.
Date: 9/9/2018 6:16:00 PM
It's an art...many poets came before us and from them we've learned...some even greater we've never heard of...you can take it to any level you want...and you will write as your goal demands...An interesting thought in poem...All the best Mark
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Date: 9/9/2018 6:32:00 PM
Thanks, Arturo. I will say this, it doesn’t get any easier, and, to paraphrase, if you worry how you might be received, or the extent and magnitude of your honors, don’t write.
Date: 9/9/2018 3:56:00 PM
You've definitely still very much got a way with words, Mark! I thought this was so well written and shall enjoy reading more of your poems. Best wishes Wendy
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Date: 9/9/2018 4:26:00 PM
Wendy, I treasure your kind and precious words. So now I have the chance to hear your voice.