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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

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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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.
Date: 4/12/2019 12:45:00 PM
Very well said, my friend.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/12/2019 12:47:00 PM
Thank you so much.
Date: 4/12/2019 8:13:00 AM
Wonderfully penned my friend!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/12/2019 12:47:00 PM
Thank you Valerie.
Date: 4/11/2019 9:02:00 PM
An Awesome verse.. Appreciate your works.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/11/2019 11:50:00 PM
Wow! Thank you my friend.
Date: 4/11/2019 7:25:00 PM
Cannot stop the obsession, cannot stop looking, cannot stop perfecting, cannot stop being. Nice work.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/11/2019 11:51:00 PM
Thank you Walter. I am appreciative.
Date: 4/11/2019 5:58:00 PM
Caren: Very nicely said. This is the first of your work I've read. It would appear you either write a lot or had a stock pile of work to post. I don't care which, but keep it coming. Thank you for sharing with all of us on the soup. oldbuck
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/11/2019 11:52:00 PM
I had no stockpile at all, Old Buck. I force myself to write 10 poems a day, for I am afraid of the time restraints. All we have is our time, today, this minute.
Date: 4/11/2019 4:37:00 PM
Love this!!!! I'm so glad I read it :-) Have a great day.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/11/2019 11:52:00 PM
Thank you so much Nicky!
Date: 4/11/2019 4:09:00 PM
I'm so in love with this poem, i've read it like about ten times and i still want to read it again. I love every word, every line. It's an amazing poem. Thank you for writing this.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/11/2019 11:53:00 PM
Wow! I feel like this poem got a new LIFE today; this is my granddaughter's birthday; I am celebrating too! Thank you!
Date: 4/5/2019 11:46:00 PM
Well said, Caren.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/5/2019 11:57:00 PM
Thank you Eve. I appreciate your visit, my friend.
Date: 3/3/2019 1:04:00 PM
You just wished me away to the far corners of my mind where I have stored thousands of memories and feelings that I could do nothing with! Thank you for that eye opening treasure of information! I loved this so much, btw!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/5/2019 11:58:00 PM
Thank you so much; what a lovely comment. I cherish it, Sherilynn.
Date: 2/19/2019 3:29:00 PM
Well you have been published and so are not totally unknown. It is a good hobby for most of us poets who very, very rarely make much money at it. Only one I can think of now is Rupi Kaur who probably makes a lot of money writing verse. I salute you for writing this ode. Yours Matthew Anish
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/19/2019 6:38:00 PM
I feel pretty unknown, but thank you Matthew.
Date: 2/11/2019 11:46:00 AM
Good Morning Caren. Wow, what a work of art this poem is. I understand this love affair with words and feelings. It's overwhelming and a road to a mine of glorious beauty within us...that sparkles with our innermost souls. Huggs Panagiota
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/11/2019 2:26:00 PM
Thank you so much Panagiota. I am glad that you read this today and wrote me such a nice reply. Writing has increased my life in the happiest and most soothing of ways. Secretive no more.
Date: 1/23/2019 8:32:00 PM
Caren this is fabulous and my favorite. It says all that we are better than I could have said it. Hugs, Susan
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/23/2019 8:42:00 PM
Susan, I worked and re-worked this, and ended up pretty much going back to my starting words. This happens so often with me when my heart is throwing it onto the paper and does not want changes. I felt so strongly about it for writing is therapeutic for me. It takes away hours of sadness.
Date: 1/23/2019 4:50:00 PM
Caren, you touch on a serious note and I truly believe it couldn’t have be said any better your gracious way of understanding is highly respected Thank You for expressing and sharing your beautiful words
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/23/2019 5:33:00 PM
You are more than welcome Victoria. Words come out of me in every direction, fast and furiously, and there is truly no stopping them, so I back down now and let them have their way. It has saved me from many nervous breakdowns.
Date: 1/22/2019 12:35:00 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed reading.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/22/2019 2:04:00 PM
Thank you Valerie. I enjoyed the attention this one received for sure!
Date: 1/19/2019 6:57:00 AM
A deep dense sense
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/19/2019 12:40:00 PM
Thank you. I appreciate this because to me it was pretty much my soul on paper.
Date: 1/18/2019 11:05:00 PM
Stunning write my friend! A fav for me. I flow into your words myself with my soul soothed by your glorious storytelling. Hugs :)
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/18/2019 11:43:00 PM
Thank you. I tell you writing is my new thing.....I have not given up my painting, but I am gleaning a lot of color from writing again.
Date: 1/16/2019 5:57:00 AM
This is awesome Caren!!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 1/16/2019 7:28:00 AM
Thank you Bobby. I appreciate it.
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