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SOMETHING I'M NOT - I'M NOT ACADEMIC

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I’m not the brightest button in the box
and I do not have a first class degree,
I’m simply an easy going person
just committed to live life to the full

Some allude that I’m not a good poet ...
tough! I’m honing new skills as a writer,
I’ve made progress since I picked up my quill;
though Iambic writing’s all Greek to me! 

Schooled through the university of life,
an academic I will never be, 
please accept me with my numerous flaws -
a fledgling writer who’s spreading their wings 

Something I am not Contest
Sponsored by Craig Cornish
8/29/19

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Date: 9/2/2019 9:17:00 PM
Hello Jan … many of us are not academics; we just love to deliver our thoughts with a pen or keyboard. The world can't full of smart people - thanks Jan - Lindsay
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 9/3/2019 8:21:00 AM
When you look at some of our current world leaders it makes me glad I'm not smart lol:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 9/2/2019 7:47:00 AM
Jan, you're in great company as a nonacademic poet – Shakespeare and Dickinson to name but two. I hated english in high school and barely passed. Would you believe my senior year SAT scores indicated I would, with any luck, become a janitor! We all have hidden gifts, dear Jan, the tragedy is not to use them. Best to you. / M
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Date: 9/3/2019 8:10:00 AM
Aww Maurice you made my heart smile as I was never a poetry fan until I started to write myself:-) I will leave a legacy of poop poems lol:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 8/31/2019 12:34:00 AM
You can match your talent with the best of them Jan as your poetry is always adored! Best of luck in the contest! xxoo
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 9/3/2019 8:09:00 AM
thanks Connie, I have always been quick witted that's the way I've got through life:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/30/2019 3:12:00 PM
Hi Jan, This poem hits home and I can most definitely relate to it. I feel similar to how you feel about your poetry skills( however you are an amazing poet and person). I really like the line "Schooled by the university of life" I wish you the best of luck luck in the contest:-) Alexis
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 8/30/2019 3:52:00 PM
Thanks Alexis I was a total novice to poetry when i joined I'd never heard of haiku or Iambic pentameter - we didn't learn much poetry at school and what we did learn I detested as I found it so boring and i still don't like the works of Shakespeare to this day, yet I have found my own niche in the poetry world writing silly poems (and some serious ones too) :-) hugs jan xx
Date: 8/30/2019 3:00:00 PM
Champion Jan Love it Its a Slam Dunk 7 points
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:50:00 PM
thanks Chris!:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/30/2019 2:59:00 PM
Here , Here Jan Welcome to the Club I may misspell Misplace my P and Q Be prone to incorrect incoherent Grammar. But i promise you this My subject matter and feeling are beyond reproach And though i may misspell and use incorrect grammar. My message does neither stammer or is dyslexic
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 8/30/2019 4:02:00 PM
Rather be a Dunce Than a Critic No 1 is Perfect
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 8/30/2019 3:58:00 PM
Bravo my Friend Compliment to the Chef I much prefer quick wit over well written
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 8/30/2019 3:50:00 PM
Bravo Christopher, we may not have degrees but it doesn't mean we are any less useful in society - I know I have got by in the world with my quick wit!:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/29/2019 7:52:00 PM
You and your beautiful wings...
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:21:00 AM
aww Pashang I am immortalised forever in one of your stunning paintings - who could ask for more. I know through writing my confidence and spirits are soaring sky high!:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 8/29/2019 4:42:00 AM
The important thing is that you write fine poetry and you also make us laugh. HUgs xx
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:20:00 AM
My first poem Splendid Isolation written when hubby was undergoing his cancer surgery was a difficult poem to write but I decided when I joined the site to post a funny poem to try and brighten the days of other people and I try to make folk smile with my silly poems although I do surprise with a serious poem from time to time:-) hugs my sweet friend:-) Jan xx
Date: 8/29/2019 1:42:00 AM
You're a wonder - as a poet with humor to boot and such a friendly, kind, and caring individual. Love and prayers and happy writing to you :) I've missed you.
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:17:00 AM
So glad you are back Regina, so many poetry friends have left the site and I miss them and their feedback and friendship although we are still in contact soup is a less vibrant place without them:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/28/2019 11:30:00 PM
Over the past 20,000 years, guess how many poets had degrees? Some people put on airs, but you can naturally blast them! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:16:00 AM
lol I can blast them with farty poems as can you Rico - I think you caught it from me lol:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/28/2019 5:18:00 PM
Jan, count your lucky stars!!!! I am an academic, unfortunately, though I managed to avoid academia for my first 40 years --- and it is a vast wasteland, and an extremely unfulfilling one at best... Lucky you. Be proud that you're not academic. Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:15:00 AM
what an interesting comment GW:-) you are a first class poet that's for sure!:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 8/28/2019 5:14:00 PM
A poet you are Sir and a scholar to boot! A degree, in my opinion, does not constitute literary skills, which you have in abundance. Love your work. Good luck with the contest..RT
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:14:00 AM
thanks for the lovely comment Ronald:-) hugs Jan xx
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Ronald D Thompson
Date: 8/28/2019 5:18:00 PM
A poet you are for sure - typo!
Date: 8/28/2019 12:49:00 PM
- I have a box of buttons with many different colors and sizes ... I need them all ... - Best wishes in the contest, Jan :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:11:00 AM
Anne-Lise that is the sweetest comment, I wish I could fave it!!!:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/28/2019 11:06:00 AM
Well written verse Jan, you certainly don't need a a gown and certificate to be a poet. A poet writes from the heart and soul which you do often. Degree from the university of life with honours, yes that's you. Good luck. Tom
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:11:00 AM
aww thanks Tom. 'the university of life' is a phrase my hubby uses, neither of us went to uni but our son excelled and got a first class degree and was top student and got a world record form his dissertation project!:-) I get my on my wits lol:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 8/28/2019 10:35:00 AM
You are free. You loves freedom. You are one of my favorite poets. With my big smile lovely Jan, what about free education? Hugs :)
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:04:00 AM
Thanks Abdullah - our son was the first person in our families to go to university and our Government paid for most of his tuition fees and he got a first class degree and was top student .. he doesn't get his brains from me lol:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 8/28/2019 10:28:00 AM
Those who allude you are not a good poet obviously have no idea what a good poet is. Your work is always creative, often humorous and definitely what I would classify as amazing. Who needs form and all of that other poetic jargon, just write what you feel and have fun doing it. That is what makes a good poet. So, what was this poem about...something you are not???? : )
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Date: 8/30/2019 3:03:00 AM
thanks free you have lifted my heart with your lovely comment:-) I've got to the stage I don't give a toss what folk think about my poetry and if I write poop or write about poop then so be it:-) hugs Jan xx