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We Are Not Merely Poets

Some of us are secretive at first. We hide our poetry’s soul self, gently letting her peep out; sometimes regretting it immediately. Fearful of critiques from people who do not understand that poetry is something we are compelled and born to do with our feelings. Your diary entries may form themselves into goodness or badness before you realize your calling as a poet. Truths shockingly ooze out, surprising you. Feelings creep out onto a page, in loud angry letters, or romantic feelings daintily brush onto a crisp lined page in the form of sweetness and light. You are a word player, because you cannot stop this obsession, but it does not define you. This poetry gig is but a glimmer of a glimpse of yourself. You might be a caregiver, or a wonderful friend. People who count on your smile every day may not realize you have a love affair with words, and an obsession to write them. We are each a unique jewel, mined from God’s mind. Poetry may initiate a whisper of a tiny facet of ourselves, but our secrets are safe. We not merely poets. We are lovers of life, and words. Most importantly, we remain gloriously hidden and unknown to most. Written 12-20-18 Contest: You Are Not Defined by Poetry Sponsor: John Hamilton

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Date: 11/18/2020 9:04:00 AM
Beautiful written! You've described the true essence of a poet.
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Keith Eliely
Date: 1/16/2021 11:35:00 AM
Thank you so much Caren. Your warm words of encouragement mean lot to a new poet like me on this site. I was a bit apprehensive of even putting my work on here, but you helped me to push forward. Thank you again so much.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 11/18/2020 6:57:00 PM
Thank you Stephanie. I appreciate it.
Date: 8/17/2020 11:51:00 AM
Caren, I adore the line "We are each a unique jewel, mined from God’s mind". It says so much, but also your insights about the private lives many of us sustain unbeknownst to our neighbors, co-workers, even family members. Most do not appreciate poetry and may even roll their eyes at it, but those who do, understand it's not just a fun hobby, it's an inner drive, a calling. I love everything about this poem and I'm storing it in my faves to reread in the future. God bless your day ~ John
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/18/2020 3:02:00 PM
Thank you John. This is such a marvelous comment. I am storing this comment in my "faves'.
Date: 7/28/2020 11:10:00 PM
Well done Caren, poet are not an easy bunch to try and describe, but this poem does a very good job of it. All the best ~ Clive
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 7/29/2020 9:51:00 AM
Thank you Clive. It is weird to me how secretive I was about it at first, as if it was doing "something wrong".
Date: 7/27/2020 9:20:00 AM
I re-read this one again, even better this time 'round, I'm glad my contest sparked a light in you to write this. Funny thinking back to the contest this was not what I was expecting, but I had to reward it for the fine composition that it is, congrats on being highly rated in the all-time top 100. I feel like I have a small input to this great write a warm feeling, I have to fave this one Caren
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 7/28/2020 4:23:00 AM
John, I am so grateful that you held that contest because even though I was brand spanking new to writing poetry, this one resonated with so many "real" poets. I owe you big, John, I truly do!
Date: 7/7/2020 9:29:00 AM
Wonderful penning and so universally holds true. A lovely poem.. \\Almighty Blessings
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 7/7/2020 9:54:00 PM
Thank you Lewis. I appreciate it.
Date: 6/30/2020 6:18:00 PM
Such superb writing, Caren ! I can't wait to read more of your works this weekend. You also have an Erma Bombeck-ish wit. :))))
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 7/2/2020 2:19:00 AM
I used to write a weekly newspaper column for 42 newspapers around the nation. It was called my first name, and it was so much fun to do. I was twenty-eight years old when I did that. Thank you for the reminder; I had forgotten that.
Date: 6/6/2020 12:58:00 AM
What wonderful caregivers there must be. Can we hope they see this poem one day?
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Quoth TheRaven
Date: 6/18/2020 9:37:00 AM
Now I want a new car. "] -R
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 6/6/2020 7:20:00 AM
Yes we can, but not today. I have a new car to drive around today!
Date: 5/14/2020 7:29:00 PM
"Your diary entries may form themselves into goodness or badness before you realize your calling as a poet." these lines resonate with me, and probably with many! Identify myself in your poem about poets.Thank you, Caren!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 5/15/2020 5:41:00 AM
Thank you Malabika. The thing is - I did not think I was a poet really, but the people on this website would not give up on me and made me into one eventually. I owe so much to them!
Date: 5/12/2020 3:36:00 PM
I can identify with this. It's so true it hurts. Largely unknown is our fate too, for that matter. Bon boulot. Beau travail. Keep on trucking. ;)
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 5/12/2020 4:21:00 PM
I am less secretive now that I am cranking them out and not so horrified to see my feelings on a page.
Date: 5/1/2020 11:35:00 PM
"We are each a unique jewel mined from God's mind." How very beautifully put Caren. Love this poem, it is beautiful. Sincerely, Dawne Zacharias.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 5/12/2020 4:21:00 PM
Thank you my friend.
Date: 4/17/2020 1:57:00 PM
Quite pithy. Thanks for sharing.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/17/2020 2:59:00 PM
Thank you very much Jamal.
Date: 2/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
Bravo, Caren. Awesome poem.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/3/2020 4:22:00 PM
Thank you Line.
Date: 12/29/2019 3:19:00 PM
Hello Caren, Love,love,this poem. have a nice daymy friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 12/31/2019 12:46:00 PM
Hello Caren, That is how I feel about poetry to. I love it. To read and create to. Happy New Year. Have a nice day my friend.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 12/29/2019 4:00:00 PM
Thank you Darlene. It is how I feel about poetry and some other people too I believe.
Date: 12/26/2019 10:17:00 AM
Great poem and well deserving on making the top 100 Caren.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 12/26/2019 10:20:00 AM
Thank you Charlie. I am honored that you stopped by to tell me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
Date: 12/14/2019 6:22:00 PM
What a lucid mediation, Caren! You've certainly gone to the core of what it means to be a poet in a prosaic world. Thank you!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 12/14/2019 9:32:00 PM
Thank you so much Vlad. I appreciate your visit my friend.
Date: 12/13/2019 12:47:00 AM
So nicely expressed, Caren. Agree with your views. God bless you.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 12/13/2019 6:57:00 AM
Thank you Pratap. You must be my number one fan! I am truly honored so honored!
Date: 12/11/2019 9:36:00 AM
Caren, Very nice to read this poem from nearly a year ago, 'We are each a unique jewel, mined from God’s mind.' I hope you have a nice day today, and wish it so. You are a jewel too. -Richard
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Date: 2/6/2020 11:19:00 PM
Caren, What a coincidence, my father's name is same in the middle. I think we must be related. -Richard
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 12/11/2019 11:49:00 AM
Thank you so much Richard. By the way my Dad's name was Richard. Middle name Thomas.
Date: 7/23/2019 1:23:00 PM
"Truths shockingly ooze out, surprising you. Feelings creep out onto a page" ... that's me, that's us. "We not merely poets. We are lovers of life, and words." Caren, your words are beautifully placed. Love this poem.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 7/24/2019 7:14:00 AM
Thank you Joshua. I wrote it in honor of all of us, for we all have the same obsession, the same need, the same feelings. I am so glad you liked it. I feel honored.
Date: 7/16/2019 7:46:00 PM
Beautifully penned and a poem for those that love to write poetry can relate to.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 7/17/2019 6:09:00 AM
I did not think I would EVER write poetry. When I first started on Soup, I was actually writing little stories but the people here were so KIND to me about it, pretending it was poetry, their encouragement and love gave me the confidence to try different types of poems. I will always be grateful to my fellow poets for turning me INTO a poet.
Date: 6/13/2019 4:44:00 PM
Wow. Immediately in my favs... ty that was wonderful. Ann
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 6/14/2019 2:09:00 AM
Thank you Ann. I had fun penning this one for sure!
Date: 5/21/2019 3:49:00 PM
Love this poem, you have allowed the who I am to have a nice cozy armchair and desire to be. I like your comment of being protected, tho we are very honest about life it seems we are meant to open some doors of understanding from time to time. Thanks for this poem love, love its freedom of expression.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 5/21/2019 5:40:00 PM
Thank you Dawne. Thank you so much for all of your heartfelt comments to me today. You are a kind friend.
Date: 5/21/2019 7:39:00 AM
Caren you Hit it right, yeah we are not merely poets. Nice work it is.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 5/21/2019 1:39:00 PM
Thank you so much for your stop by Urvashi. I certainly enjoyed your poetry today!
Date: 5/3/2019 9:31:00 AM
You hit the nail on the head Caren. Such a great poem from start to finish! I have only recently appreciated poetry but this side of myself "remains hidden and unknown to most". Each poem could be my last as they are generally "mined from God’s mind", as you said so beautifully.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 5/3/2019 12:46:00 PM
Thank you. P.M. I appreciate it so much!
Date: 4/30/2019 4:17:00 AM
I suspect never truer words said about the Art of Poetry. I wrote for 40+ years--while keeping most of those poems hidden, only a very select few even knew I wrote poetry. Your fantastic poem nailed it so very well!!! A fav- a bright and shining gem too...
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/30/2019 6:06:00 AM
Thank you so much Robert. I am honored at your stop by. Purely thrilled. Thank you!
Date: 4/12/2019 3:34:00 PM
I resonate with every word of this magnificent poem Caren. A fave for me. You have captured the spirit a poet yearns to convey in their poetry. Beautifully! : ) xxoo
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/12/2019 10:45:00 PM
I have to say, this one spoke to my heart, and forced my hand to put her down on paper.
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