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I'm Just Getting Started

I try to be a poet worth his salt who daily prods his muse, urging it to offer up a cogent phrase or heartfelt rhyme, but then instead I slump in vacuous stupor, devoid of verse, for hours and hours, sitting all alone before an ancient, worn-out, writing desk. A pen lies still upon its surface— marred by those who suffered once to summon hidden masterpiece, urging its memorable existence. My page is blank, as I ponder Shakespeare, Poe, Wordsworth and Dickinson, among the many great and silent others. Who like me, once sat bemused before an empty sheet. It was then I realized, that I am just like them! And I’m just getting started. September 23, 2019

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Date: 10/28/2019 5:20:00 AM
Beautifully written! You still amaze me my dear friend even though it seems like ages!;) oh wait it has! Lol! Well glad to see your still stunning all with the beauty in your words!;)
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Mark Peterson
Date: 12/26/2019 11:36:00 AM
Brenda, you are so kind, generous and supportive with your remarks. A true friend...of considerable skill, besides. Best to you and manifold cogent verses in the new year.
Date: 10/19/2019 10:28:00 PM
Enjoyed every word and line of this one, Mark. I especially like how you turned such a bleak feeling into a positive motivator, and how well you fit it into the theme of the contest... And finally, as an Emily Dickinson super-fan(!), I am gratified to see her mentioned with the likes of Shakespeare and Wordsworth, with whom she certainly belongs in the same sentence and breath. Kudos! Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 10/28/2019 4:20:00 PM
An amazing comment, my friend. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Now I must sample yours!
Date: 10/1/2019 3:34:00 PM
you took that theme to such an inspired place, Mark. All I could think to do was humor,but I ended up not doing it at all. Good for you. I see you won this contest. Congratulations.
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Date: 10/4/2019 4:54:00 PM
So glad you enjoyed it, Andrea. Thanks for leaving a few morsels for the rest to snack on now and then. Otherwise, I suppose we’d just simply starve since you’re the best.
Date: 9/24/2019 8:40:00 PM
Wrestling with our muse...or just waiting for her to inspire...patience is necessary! Wonderful write Mark. Congrats.
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Date: 10/2/2019 7:47:00 PM
Thanks for reminding me to be patient! I’ll give it a try and get back to you in a year or two. Anyway, thanks for taking notice of my poem.
Date: 9/24/2019 7:24:00 PM
fickle muse often come up with great poetry when they decide to sing...great poem...enjoyed this one, congrats on your win :) hugs
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Date: 10/2/2019 7:43:00 PM
Sandra, delightful response and thoroughly in line with my own thinking. Best of luck with your work.
Date: 9/24/2019 3:03:00 PM
Bravo, Mark. Lovely poem. Congrats on your win.
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Mark Peterson
Date: 10/2/2019 7:40:00 PM
Hey, Line, thanks so much for your positive remarks—my first Premier contest.
Date: 9/24/2019 2:11:00 PM
Aha! And yet we continue to play with our muse. Love this Mark! Lonna
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Date: 10/2/2019 7:35:00 PM
My muse is fickle and takes long vacations. I think I’ll start taking credit for my work. Whatever, I’m grateful for those, such as yourself, who offer support for my work. ThanksA
Date: 9/24/2019 2:04:00 PM
One of true grit, straightforward stuff -- well penned! ~ Aloha always William
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Date: 10/2/2019 7:36:00 PM
William, thanks for your clever, engaging response. Thanks!
Date: 9/24/2019 1:32:00 PM
Mark congratulations on your win in the contest with this excellent poem !
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Mark Peterson
Date: 10/2/2019 7:13:00 PM
Many, many thanks, Dear Heart. Praise for my work is precious.
Date: 9/24/2019 1:03:00 PM
An excellent write Mark, I enjoyed thoroughly, congrats on placing in my premium contest!
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Mark Peterson
Date: 10/2/2019 7:12:00 PM
Thanks for hosting the contest, John, my first ever premier contest. Thanks for placing me.