Poems by Carole Duet

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11/13/2017 It's Elemental 144 Free verse
10/15/2017 The Bit by Bit Song Revised 226 Lyric
09/26/2017 Poetry Soap 737 Couplet
09/17/2017 My Warrior 273 Personification
08/09/2017 Why 338 Couplet
06/27/2017 FEEL ME 439 Acrostic
06/24/2017 Smoking 397 Rhyme
06/07/2017 Starry, Starry Night of Peace 455 Lyric
06/06/2017 Painting the Lighthouse 420 Couplet
05/24/2017 Footloose and Fancy-Free 338 Monorhyme
05/22/2017 Cave Dweller 257 Rhyme
05/17/2017 Paw Paw's Shrimp Shed 289 Free verse
05/12/2017 MOTHER 275 Quatrain
05/09/2017 Chasing the Moon and Stars 498 Sonnet
05/06/2017 When the Universe Shines 722 Sonnet
05/01/2017 Who I Am - Revised 269 Free verse
05/01/2017 The Bete 210 Quatrain
04/28/2017 Limerick Contest - Bawdy 306 Limerick
04/25/2017 Sweet Poet 229 Lanterne
04/18/2017 BAM: the Song 247 Lyric
04/17/2017 Angels and Lyres 264 Verse
04/10/2017 My Favorite Song: Whirlwind - Revised with Music 397 Lyric
04/05/2017 Back Again 1602 Free verse
03/25/2017 More 254 Lyric
03/20/2017 Humpty Trumpty 458 Political Verse
03/20/2017 Never Come Back 227 Free verse
03/20/2017 Waiting 258 Monorhyme
03/10/2017 Holy Plans 238 Free verse
03/10/2017 God Bless 219 Rhyme
02/24/2017 Joy 267 Free verse
02/24/2017 The Voice 323 Rhyme
02/13/2017 The Clue 404 Monorhyme
02/10/2017 Getting Real 270 Couplet
02/05/2017 A Heart Divided 419 Free verse
02/04/2017 Beguiled 292 Couplet
01/29/2017 The Lovers' Whirlwind 298 Rhyme
01/29/2017 Wretched Heart 198 Rhyme
01/28/2017 Whispers 273 Rhyme
01/28/2017 Wishes 253 Rhyme
01/27/2017 Cloak and Dagger 322 Rhyme
01/24/2017 Opposites Attract or He Hypnotizes 397 Free verse
01/18/2017 Peace 334 Rhyme
01/16/2017 Old Friends 425 Free verse
01/15/2017 Heaven Waits 422 Rhyme
12/27/2016 He Touched Me 368 Couplet
12/27/2016 Another Lover 278 Free verse
12/27/2016 Apart 201 Free verse
12/27/2016 Free As A Bird 454 Couplet
12/27/2016 Tired of Waiting- Revised with Music 521 Lyric
12/26/2016 Big Hat 393 Rhyme
12/26/2016 Playing with Fire 373 Free verse
12/24/2016 The Bride to Her Future Groom 457 Rhyme
12/23/2016 From Across the Sea 365 Lyric
12/23/2016 Be Careful - Revised with Music 377 Lyric
12/22/2016 It's Such A Hot Day 279 Couplet
12/22/2016 A New Book 246 Rhyme
12/22/2016 Dreaming Again 292 Rhyme
12/22/2016 Come In 259 Lyric
12/22/2016 What Would I Do 248 Free verse
12/22/2016 What a Trip 192 Free verse
12/22/2016 Rose-Colored Glasses 228 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Giving 460 Couplet
12/16/2016 Wolf Cries 368 Free verse
12/11/2016 Rebirth 2 295 Couplet
12/10/2016 If I Were An Elephant 392 Free verse
12/09/2016 How 235 Free verse
12/08/2016 Let It Be 438 Sonnet
12/08/2016 Pleasure and Pain 319 Couplet
11/11/2016 The Glass Jar 360 Quatrain
11/11/2016 Before the Snow 218 Quatrain
11/11/2016 Before the Snow 196 Quatrain
11/11/2016 Before the Snow 210 Quatrain
11/05/2016 Eulogy 351 Free verse
10/31/2016 Integrity 547 Rhyme
10/29/2016 Through Tears 324 Terzanelle
10/26/2016 The Music of Life 573 Rhyme
10/25/2016 Still Here 375 Free verse
10/23/2016 Stand Up 319 Rhyme
10/23/2016 Little Man 282 Lanterne
10/21/2016 Dizzy 334 Lyric
10/17/2016 Swan Song 321 Free verse
10/11/2016 Rebirth 311 Couplet
10/06/2016 Definition of a Bully 483 Lanterne
10/06/2016 Bobby, Billy, Belinda, Baby and Me 415 Alliteration
09/28/2016 Aqua Sky 385 Couplet
09/21/2016 Dreaming 375 Rhyme
09/21/2016 Real 327 Rhyme
09/15/2016 My Boy 445 Rhyme
09/15/2016 Silence 337 Rhyme
09/11/2016 On Another Planet 463 Couplet
09/09/2016 Misery for Fun 322 Rhyme
09/07/2016 Only Human - A Conversation 358 Rhyme
09/06/2016 Life Gets In the Way 373 Free verse
09/04/2016 Love Waits 415 Rhyme
09/04/2016 Temporary 297 Rhyme
09/04/2016 Unloved 352 Rhyme
09/04/2016 Anger and Pain 519 Rhyme
09/03/2016 Go Away 343 Rhyme
09/01/2016 Cereal and Milk 556 Rhyme
08/31/2016 August's End 338 Couplet



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I remember the first poem I ever wrote was called "Autumn" and I was in the 7th grade. It was an assignment and it actually was Autumn, my favorite season.  Unfortunately though, my teacher, Mrs. Turner, didn't believe I had written it.  She accused me of copying it out of a book and I got an "F";  I was shocked, hurt and angry.  So, when my mother asked me how my teacher liked the poem and I told her what had happened, she too was shocked and yes, angry.  The next day she walked all the way to the school (since at that time we had only one car which my dad used for his job) just to set Mrs. Turner straight and my "F" turned into an "A".  I was so happy and proud of my mother.  She even told me it was actually a compliment for Mrs. Turner to think my little poem had been written by a professional.  Well, then I did feel better and the "poetry seed" was planted.

After that incident was when my mother told me that we were actually related to George Gordon (Lord Byron), the famous English poet.  She said he had a club foot just like one of my cousins.  And, she even told me about my great-grandmother who had made a lot of money by selling some of Byron"s original handwritten poems.  I had never heard of him but soon I learned all about him by reading a biography of Lord Bryon and through reading some of his poetry.  That's when I fell in love with poetry for the first time.  His love poems were so beautiful.  To this day I remember:  "She walks in beauty like the night" and "My life, I love thee" which I learned to say in Greek though I can't write it in Greek.

Well, years went by and I didn't write another poem because I was too busy writing reports etc. for my English and History classes in college.  But then one day I was inspired to write a limerick about two dogs:  one white dog and one black dog and the black was "addicted to a cigarette pack".  It's funny that I still remember it. That was before I smoked.  Now I'm the black dog, "addicted to a cigarette pack". By-the-way, you might like to read my poem, "Dope", here on poetrysoup.

So anyway...more years go by...a LOT of years!  In fact, the "poetry seed" didn't really begin to grow until I was in my forties.  I don't know why.   All I can tell you is suddenly poems were coming to me like lightening bolts!  I'd be doing something mundane and suddenly a poem would just sneak itself into my daydreams.  Finally I realized  that I wanted to write them down before they disappeared because that's what would happen if I didn't grab a pen and paper right away.  That's when I started carrying a little notepad and pen with me everywhere I went so that whenever the inspiration came to me I'd be ready.  Now, I just use the Memo App on my handy dandy cell phone.  So much easier...and faster!

Then, I finally got a computer and I loved it.  I had to teach myself how to use it but now I've got it.  Eventually after playing on the computer for a while, I began to publish some of my poetry online at poetry.com and even enter some contests.  It was so exhilarating to see some of my poems in print in some of their books too. 

During that period of time I met a really nice guy from Oregon, my favorite state, and he was writing a book and he asked me to write a poem for the end of his book.  It was a romance and took place in some snow-capped mountains somewhere mostly in the wintertime.  "Beautiful!", I thought.  Being a Southerner myself, I had rarely experienced snow (which I dearly love) and had never even seen snow-capped mountains.  But, I had been ice-skating at a rink in Atlanta and I actually tried to snow-ski in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I loved ice-skating because it really came easy to me, unlike skiing.  I had thought because I could water-ski that I surely could snow-ski.  Wrong!  I wound up "skiing" down a whole slope backwards!  It was totally terrifying but at least I didn't fall!  Ha!

Anyway, I agreed to write a poem for his book.  I called it "Snowdancer" and it's about an ice-skater and is my second favorite poem to this day.  I will put it on poetrysoup.com after I finish this "Bio".  I am pretty proud of it since it was chosen to be the first poem on the first page in poetry.com's 2003 edition of "The Colors of Life".

My third favorite poem is called "Telepathy" and it was also published by poetry.com in their 2004 edition of "The International Who's Who of Poetry" and it too made first page.

Now you may be wondering what my number one favorite poem is.  It is "Heaven" which is already here on poetrysoup and the reason it is my favorite is that I believe it actually came to me from God.  It came out of the blue one day and I remember having to hurry to get a pen and paper to write it down.  Also, it was the first poem I ever had published.  Since then I've been fortunate to have quite a few poems published and I am now here on poetrysoup.  I have written a lot of poems since those first days when the "poetry seed" was planted in me and I know my grandfather (also named Byron), who also wrote poetry, would be proud.  And, I hope my mother, great-grandmother and ancestor, Lord Byron, would be too because it has become a great obsession now.

I would love to publish a book of poems now because I'm ready and I've been ready for quite a while but as usual the problem is always...money!  Of course! But, that would be my dream come true and number one on my personal bucket list.

Thanks for reading this and I hope you will read some of my poems and leave some comments as well.  By-the-way, I guess my style could be described as simple rhymes because I write for what I call "real" people who usually hate poetry and I am perpetually trying to convert them which I believe can be done but only with poems that are easily understood, not something so complicated that even I have to read it at least twice.  Here is my philosophy in a nutshell: I write for the reader.  If whoever reads my poems can't easily understand them, then I have not only wasted my time but their time as well.  If someone reads one of my poems, understands it and likes it, then they are more apt to read more poetry and that's what I want.  I want to plant the "poetry seed".