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A Poet's Duty Is To Be True To One's Self

Who are you to question why I write!
My thoughts laid bare in each scribbled line,
penned by me through my vision... My sight!
There are parts of me you could never define!

My opinions are mine, that is my right!
Do not scorn me with ideas you push upon me!
It is I who will decide to acquiesce or to fight,
or, perhaps, to pay homage to a flower or tree.

Within this humble self, I am the wright!
Like the florist, or the painter I am the creator!
My beauty and sorrow I pen, be it dawn or midnight,
or share my thoughts on Mrs.Ginsburg--Ruth Bader!

I think of the virus and each funeral rite,
of Hong Kong and Thailand, and freedom's cost,
but within me lingers beauty, and the pain of love's plight!
For me, without soul's solace, I fear society is lost!


Copyright © James Inman | Year Posted 2020


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Date: 11/27/2020 1:42:00 PM

Well written James, poetry is art of one's heart, evert poet has their own style and technique. No one should judge on what someone writes, what flows from a poets pen is an extension of them... Belle
Date: 11/9/2020 9:39:00 PM

You are so right here. :)
Date: 11/8/2020 1:20:00 PM

Love your words here. I have been told to quit writing poetry because all I am doing is writing trite sunshine and flowers poetry. It made me angry because the person who said that has very rarely read my poetry. I do dark poetry too and I have written on every topic imaginable. How dare they judge me, you or anybody!!
Date: 11/7/2020 3:41:00 PM

Beautifully said, I must say I enjoyed it very much :)
Date: 10/25/2020 5:56:00 PM

Hearfelt truth spoken and written in honesty and kindness. James I agree with you 100%. We should and must respect the way others feel, if they are not attacking, or hurting another by their malign intentions. Everyone has a right to expression...
Date: 10/22/2020 1:54:00 PM

Am with you on this James and well said. Agree with and understand all what you said in your first comment. Emilia : )
Date: 10/21/2020 3:04:00 AM

Well said, James! Congrats on your placement in the contest...
Date: 10/20/2020 6:56:00 PM

Fair enough, James, congratulations.
Date: 10/18/2020 11:35:00 AM

That's some raw emotion there my friend...