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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".








Why Do I Write Poetry?

Blog Posted:9/4/2017 5:41:00 PM

Why Do I Write Poetry?


  First of all, I think writing should be fun or at least done from inspiration, not a chore.  In addition, I write not only for myself but for the reader and let’s face it: ‘most’ people do not read poetry.  Many people will even come right out and say, “I don’t like poetry”.  Why?  Well, to put it simply:  because they don’t enjoy it.  Now why don’t they enjoy it?  That’s the question. 

  In my opinion, the reason many people don’t enjoy reading poetry is because most of them just don’t understand it and/or reading it is difficult.  So, why is it so difficult to read for the average Joe?  For one thing, I think it’s because many poets don’t even use punctuation which, let’s face it:  punctuation makes it easier to read.  That’s why it was ‘invented’.  Right?  So why not use it?   Therefore, if our readers are not all other poets who can usually understand our poetry whether it is punctuated or not, then okay, but do you really want your poetry to be read and understood and liked by only other poets?  Or, do you want anyone who may read it to understand and enjoy it?  I, personally, want anyone and everyone to enjoy and understand what I write.  If they don’t, then why write it?  Sure, I write for myself but I write for ‘them’ too because I ‘want’ people to understand and enjoy or at least relate or learn from what I write.  To me, that’s the whole point of writing.  Otherwise, it’s just an exercise in flexing those ‘ego muscles’.

  And, another thing:  I like to use words that people understand.  I’m not saying that the use of many varied and colorful words is not appropriate.  I’m just saying I, personally, like to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid!).  But, that’s me.  Everyone to their own cup of tea.  But, again, you know and I know that if you want the average person to like your work/poetry then you have to admit that using language that people can easily understand promotes your poetry. 

  Perhaps it is because I taught reading and English and worked with children and even some adults for so long that I am so focused on how my poetry appeals and can be read by literally anyone, even people for whom English is a second language.

  Well, that’s it.  Your comments are welcome…if you dare!  Just kidding.  I meant to say:  if you WISH.  Thanks for reading.

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Date: 9/6/2017 9:10:00 AM
You already brought up the subject of punctuation on another occasion :) I remember I then replied that I use punctuation sparsely. Only if needed to disambiguate. I use line breaks, spacing and shaping as well, those TOO are tools of the poet. It's even so that overly punctuated poetry is something I will avoid. We're all different.
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/6/2017 3:20:00 PM
And, remember the title of this blog is: Why Do "I" Write Poetry?....
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/6/2017 2:52:00 PM
Again, MY desire is to spread the love of poetry. I believe that writing in a simpler way makes it easier to read and ENJOY. As a teacher, I’ve found that many kids reject poetry. Why? IMO it’s because SOME poems are overly wordy and without correct line breaks and punctuation which help the reader and the READER is my primary concern. But, as I said before, "everyone to their own cup of tea".
Date: 9/5/2017 8:35:00 PM
I feel it's ok to leave out punctuation if you have done really good line breaks to make the meaning perfectly clear. I like using wide spacing to SHOW meaning sometimes. I usually only do this when writing free verse. In rhyme I always punctuate. If I face a poem that is really wordy, overly eloquent or longggggg, I just don't want to read it. It's tedious to me. I am here to write (and read) poetry, not short stories or novels; however, a poem that is particularly interesting can make a good narrative or rhymed poem. Everyone is different. Some here prefer elusive things and surreal images. To each his own. I believe I am in the majority when it comes to what people enjoy in poetry!
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Date: 9/6/2017 4:01:00 AM
I believe you are too, Andrea. And, I agree that the line breaks are very important to conveying meaning. If I want to read a "longggggg" poem I'll read a book and if I want to read something really wordy, I'll read a dictionary.
Date: 9/5/2017 6:57:00 PM
Hmmm... I have a poem that I was going to send to a journal, but I'm worried that it will be viewed as cultural appropriation, even though the inspiration is empathy, total and absolute empathy. Sooooo... how's about I post it and you can let me know. 1) Is it too 'wordy' for the average reader to understand 2) does it connect to you in any way whatsoever 3) Do the devices and intentional codes I've added ruin the clarity or add just enough mystery? You can be as brutally honest as you like... let's see if there's a place we can meet in the middle? I'll post shortly.
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/8/2017 11:23:00 PM
Ok, Cyndi, I sent you the edited poem in 7 parts in the soup mail as you requested. I would have also sent this message by soup mail but the "sent" portion of soup mail is not working properly. Let me know if you got them.
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Date: 9/6/2017 6:11:00 PM
Yes, I get that. I read the article and I understand your dilemma. My suggestion to you regarding your poem is: Pretend you are a journalist or reporter and interview some of your Mexican friends. Let them read it to see what they think and ask for suggestions or ideas they have to contribute. In other words, do the research. That way…
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/6/2017 6:10:00 PM
…you will know if in an illegal immigrant Mexican's eyes, it might be construed as "cultural appropriation". Then you may have to do another rewrite or not! I certainly wouldn’t give up the idea of publishing the poem. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with it (culturally).
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Date: 9/6/2017 3:26:00 PM
The article is titled: Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Appreciation: Working Through Our Own Excuses as White Allies. There is a way of showing compassion while not speaking FOR a culture. I'm just trying to find my way... empathy takes over. I think you get that :)
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Date: 9/6/2017 3:23:00 PM
Though I feel for the world, feel deeply the need to write from ALL perspectives, I am trying to be respectful... the discussion on cultural appropriation and poetry really needs its own blog, its that significant. If interested, check out this article (and see why I feel so TORN) //thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/go-back-and-take-care-of-yourself-first-your-body-needs-you-jenny/
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/6/2017 3:03:00 PM
Therefore, take your pick. Do what you feel like doing as a responsible human being. As long as it comes from your heart (which entails empathy), it is the RIGHT thing to do. Enjoy it and make your life count for something.
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Date: 9/6/2017 2:59:00 PM
Cyndi, I believe we MUST and SHOULD stand with them, MARCH with them, CHEER them and WRITE FOR them. And, as writers and poets, I believe it is a CALLING to do so if you believe what is happening is wrong.
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Date: 9/6/2017 8:32:00 AM
I am really torn about that. Quite confused and at odds with my natural instinct to march ALONGSIDE others who are marginalized. But it's like 'take back the night' marches. Men are encourage to cheer from the sidelines, NOT to walk with the women. (sorry this is off topic... but does deal with poetry.)
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Date: 9/6/2017 8:30:00 AM
I'm grappling with the perimeters of 'cultural appropriation.' I feel two ways. One, shouldn't empathy, understanding and outrage for injustice cross cultures, be 'colourless'? But, two, should those outside a culture nose into an area, stand in THEIR spotlight at a time that needs THEIR voice, not mine? How to balance!!!!!
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Date: 9/6/2017 8:26:00 AM
Hey Carole, thank you for taking the time to read my poem. Not sure why you can't soupmail me (weirdness!) as I checked my settings. You're welcome to leave any type of comment on my poems (editing included.)
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Date: 9/6/2017 4:20:00 AM
Also, Cyndi, since the subject matter of the poem is so very apropos for today and highly political as well as emotional I think you should try submitting it to The Nation Magazine. I have the address if you want it.
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Date: 9/6/2017 4:14:00 AM
Cyndi, I have edited your poem. I did not find it too wordy and it really did connect with me as far as meaning is concerned as I am very pro-Mexican immigrant and believe what Trump is doing in regard to DACA is just unconscionable. I tried to soup mail it to you but apparently you don't receive soup mail. So, I need your email address.
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Date: 9/5/2017 11:14:00 PM
Yes, I'd be happy to do that for you, Cyndi. Just give me a little time. Sounds interesting...and fun! I really love proofreading and editing. I have done that for a couple of authors and a few poets.
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Date: 9/5/2017 7:07:00 PM
Carole, I posted it. It's title is "The San Antonio Night Crossing." I'm curious of what you'd make of it.
Date: 9/5/2017 7:21:00 AM
As for punctuation: often, the absence of punctuation opens multiple meanings. When I skip punctuation, I do so intentionally to leave different interpretations open to the reader. Poetry that spells out everything exactly is devoid of mystery; I like if a poem leaves the reader some room to imagine and think. Playing with punctuation can be one stylistic measure to accomplish this goal. I have never met anybody who dislikes poetry because of the lack of punctuation. They also dislike the Romantic poets who did use punctuation.
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Date: 9/5/2017 8:13:00 PM
Agnes, Carole, check these out, seriously. FOURTEEN YEARS OLD! www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/oct/08/foyle-young-poets-winners-2015-poetry-day IMPRESSIVE!
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Date: 9/5/2017 6:22:00 PM
And again, I must add that my concern is for the reader although I have seen/read a FEW poems which have been totally void of punctuation and capitalization which have had a very effective impact. However, they have been very short poems.
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Date: 9/5/2017 6:18:00 PM
Well, Agnes, since it is entirely acceptable to leave punctuation out when writing poetry, it is definitely left up to the poet to decide what to do. It is just MY OPINION based on my extensive experience that it makes it "easier" for "most" people to read and understand...especially when reading aloud.
Date: 9/5/2017 7:18:00 AM
I think one reason many people don't like poetry is that they have been taught in school that poetry is something to be analyzed, dissected, deciphered; that there is one right answer to the question "What did the poet mean by this?" and poetry is just for those with inside knowledge. If, instead, poetry were made FUN, I would imagine more people simply enjoyed it. I fell in love with the ballads of the great German poets as a child and was able to enjoy poetry before school could ruin it - and by gosh, school did try.
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Date: 9/6/2017 8:42:00 AM
The poem has to have resonated in me to care about it enough to delve and dig. I don't ever feel this way about simple verse, like those found in a Hallmark card. There is nothing to explore... nothing to truly appreciate. If everything is easily understood, there is no reason to examine it after one read. If its all spelled out, if it provide no intrigue, no mystique at all, then I'm so disappointed by the write that I shrug, think 'meh' and I'm done and out of there. I collect birthday cards and if I want to read one, I can go to that lovely basket and reread the notes written below the verses. If I want to read poetry, then I want to read something that is built up, has dimension and even if written in simple language, shows me something different, fresh, makes me see the world in a strange, new way. Length doesn't matter to me. Four lines or four pages. But it has to do something amazing or I'm yawning...
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Date: 9/6/2017 8:40:00 AM
:DD I like to read for fun, FIRST, then I dive in and SATURATE myself with a poem that has just taken hold of me and won't let go. I want to know why. I want to understand a bit more about the poem... how it ticks and all the tiny mechanics of the piece. I find it fun to put the jigsaw together, see how the pieces fit so perfectly...
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/5/2017 8:37:00 PM
So true, Agnes. I hate analyzing things!!
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/5/2017 6:15:00 PM
P.S. There is rarely "one right answer".
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Date: 9/5/2017 6:12:00 PM
I totally agree, Agnes. That's why I always tried to make learning anything/poetry fun. And, interpretation is after all highly personal and I think teachers should concentrate on the positive rather than the negative when a student attempts to interpret. The main thing is that they are interested and actually trying which of course exercises their precious brains/emotions.
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Date: 9/5/2017 5:52:00 PM
that's how it was with me. Couldn't stand the analyzing. I remember going off on a tangent with one particular poem and the teacher seeing me in her office later, to explain that I needed to use the textbook interpretation for exam score reasons! Later, I found when using poetry to teach language rules, students enjoyed it..like Haiku for syllables, & 'meaning' discussions were fun!
Date: 9/5/2017 4:28:00 AM
I love simple bouncy one syllable words that tell a quick story, not for huge numbers to read, but rather for me to read again as a fun journal. :)
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Date: 9/5/2017 6:07:00 PM
Me too, Lewis, and thanks. However, I also enjoy more intense/longer poems as well since I do like variety. I think it's all a very personal thing honestly.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 9/5/2017 11:20:00 AM
Cool ideology!
Date: 9/5/2017 12:36:00 AM
I love words and poetry is my hobby of word-play and all I really need is one or two people to convey how they relate to my writes. I like to see all kinds of words used from simple to complex, old to new, punctuated or not, and even some rather good made-up ones!! I don't consider it ego to use big words but rather a relishing of all that a language can offer - from over to under-stated, from obvious to abstract. Flexing the gray matter should always be encouraged, in my opinion :)
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Date: 9/5/2017 7:02:00 PM
haha too wordy for words is a good way to say it...yeah, it takes finesse to strike the right balance...there is one in particular whose wordiness I enjoy because he also creates an atmosphere but then there are some with just a huge paragraph that goes on and on and that's when I'd really appreciate some punctuation!! lol :)
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/5/2017 6:35:00 PM
You're right, Taai. It all depends on HOW those words are used though. It's just that I've read so many poems here on PS that to me are just too wordy for words! lol
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Date: 9/5/2017 5:43:00 PM
indeed...what one finds impressive, another may think is just the usual..if you are simplifying stuff, it better be because you are writing for little kids, and even then, there are those who'd roll their eyes for your patronizing tone! lol I enjoy getting my son's interpretation on some writes.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 9/5/2017 11:19:00 AM
The reader brings their history, their memories, their stories to each poem. The poem, once finished, is no longer the poet's ... it becomes the readers. It continues to grow, develop, within others... and each interpretation will be slightly different. This is what poetry is.
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Date: 9/5/2017 11:17:00 AM
What's important, imho, is that the poet stay true to themselves. It's not about trying to impress nor should it be about dummying-down. I think its about writing in a manner that is natural and right for the poet. If this is done, I think the poem will be appreciated by someone, somewhere (?)
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Date: 9/5/2017 11:08:00 AM
that's true. I think the essence of a work can be grasped despite some loss - in relation to punctuation, I've tried to read some works in foreign languages using a translation dictionary. When I do that, my concentration is on the words alone, punctuation is the least of my worries. I believe it would be the same for someone trying to learn English. Interpretation is best left to the reader, is what I'm trying to say; otherwise, you might as well write prose & explain specifically what you mean - something required for textbooks & such but not so much in poetry..
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 9/5/2017 6:45:00 AM
I worry about translations, Taai, sometimes. I think I love the translated work, but I wonder how close the translation is to the heart of the original work?
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Date: 9/5/2017 1:39:00 AM
yes, it is all rather relative and boils down to why one writes....there are also many wonderful poems in other languages...
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/5/2017 1:32:00 AM
I love words too: big words, small words, colorful words, words, words, words, words of all kinds! English is such a beautifully expressive language. And, one should express oneself in whatever way that one likes (within reason) but I’m just saying that IN MY OPINION punctuation makes it easier to read and wordiness is not necessarily a beautiful thing.
Date: 9/4/2017 7:59:00 PM
Makes sense. But isn't it also ego that wants one's poetry to be appreciated and enjoyed by absolutely everyone on the planet who can read English? I kinda think that Emily Dickinson was probably one of the most humble poets, ever. She explored language, played fast and hard with her beloved em-dash, and then off those poems went, into a desk. Does poetry need to be promoted? Like McDonalds with more than a billion people served? I write poetry because I love poetry, get earnestly excited about what one word can do, or the beauty of a perfect line break or the double meaning of one verb. I write for the joy of writing. If one reader enjoys my work, that's enough for me. Also, I have to say this, that many poets whose second language is English, are some of the most ASTUTE, observant and poetically minded readers. Some of my more complex poetry (which uses white space and less punctuation) has been better appreciated and understood by those whose first language ISN'T English. Poetry is extensive enough to allow readers and poets to find each other, enabling style and voice preferences. I think the important thing is that the poet follows inspiration and writes as she/he wishes to write.
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/5/2017 6:28:00 PM
This is so funny. I actually agree with MOST of what you've said, Cyndi.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 9/5/2017 6:49:00 AM
I guess what I'm getting at is that if 20,000 readers really LOVE what someone has created, with or without punctuation, with some yummy words, than I don't see that as less or more than a more popular poet getting 200,000 reads. It's just different... ALL IS GOOD. Music lovers don't argue about the difference between pop music and opera. They just... enjoy what they enjoy, sing what they want to sing...
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 9/5/2017 6:43:00 AM
Words, punctuation, line breaks, stanza breaks, white space, formatting... we use these to paint, in a way. It's not about trying to confuse the reader or make it 'harder' to read. Poetry is about using all its components with purpose. I may admire Dickinson, but I have no interest in writing like her. I admire many poets and each has very distinctive styles.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 9/5/2017 6:43:00 AM
Soup poems get read, but we're not talking a million reads, right? And I rarely post my poetry here.
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Carole Duet
Date: 9/5/2017 1:10:00 AM
I love the expressiveness of English. However, why make it harder for the reader to understand? And, what's wrong with promoting the reading of poetry? I'm sure that most writers want others to read their work. However, if you admire humility so much why are you writing and publishing your poetry here on a website where "absolutely everyone on the planet" can read it?

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3/7/2018 Fears and Tears Lyricfear,lost love,
2/12/2018 Hope for the Best Carpe Diemhope,lost love,
2/6/2018 Chasing the Blues Away Rhymeblue,encouraging,sad,
2/2/2018 Where is the Brotherly Love Rhymelove,war,
1/31/2018 Blue Again Lyriclost love,
1/22/2018 A Feeling of Deja Vu Free verseart,beauty,destiny,fashio
1/20/2018 A Weeping Willow Mourns Rhymelost love,
1/11/2018 A Little Knowledge Free versefreedom,spoken word,truth
1/10/2018 Home Again Revised Rhymehome,
1/7/2018 Breathe the song Revised Lyriclove,
1/3/2018 Breathe Lyriclonging,love,
12/29/2017 No Ceiling Rhymefreedom,history,love,myst
12/29/2017 Transfusion Tankalove,
12/23/2017 Tis the Season Coupletcare,christmas,fear,lonel
12/15/2017 My Gift Rhymechristmas,husband,satire,
11/13/2017 It's Elemental Free versecreation,earth,fire,freed
10/15/2017 The Bit by Bit Song Revised Lyriclost love,
9/26/2017 Poetry Soap Coupletabuse,conflict,jealousy,l
9/17/2017 My Warrior Personificationmystery,wind,
8/9/2017 Why Coupletfantasy,life,
6/27/2017 FEEL ME Acrosticfeelings,love,
6/24/2017 Smoking Rhymeslavery,
6/7/2017 Starry, Starry Night of Peace Lyricart,god,music,pain,peace,
6/6/2017 Painting the Lighthouse Coupletart,boat,fear,light,sea,s
5/24/2017 Footloose and Fancy-Free Monorhymefreedom,
5/22/2017 Cave Dweller Rhymedepression,encouraging,
5/17/2017 Paw Paw's Shrimp Shed Free verseculture,fish,food,
5/12/2017 MOTHER Quatrainmother,
5/9/2017 Chasing the Moon and Stars Sonnetfriend,moon,night,planet,
5/6/2017 When the Universe Shines Sonnetearth,love,stars,sunshine
5/1/2017 Who I Am - Revised Free verselove,
5/1/2017 The Bete Quatrainchildren,mythology,scary,
4/28/2017 Limerick Contest - Bawdy Limerickcat,
4/25/2017 Sweet Poet Lanternelonging,love,poetry,poets
4/18/2017 BAM: the Song Lyrichero,
4/17/2017 Angels and Lyres Versedeath,evil,innocence,judg
4/10/2017 My Favorite Song: Whirlwind - Revised with Music Lyriclove,
4/5/2017 Back Again Free versecute,slam,
3/25/2017 More Lyrichappiness,inspirational l
3/20/2017 Humpty Trumpty Political Versepolitical,
3/20/2017 Never Came Back Free versegrief,
3/20/2017 Waiting Monorhymeabsence,pets,
3/10/2017 Holy Plans Free versefaith,life,love,
3/10/2017 God Bless Rhymelove,
2/24/2017 Joy Free verselove,
2/24/2017 The Voice Rhymedream,mystery,
2/13/2017 The Clue Monorhymelost love,
2/10/2017 Getting Real Coupletlove hurts,truth,
2/5/2017 A Heart Divided Free verselove,
2/4/2017 Beguiled Coupletlove,poetry,
1/29/2017 The Lovers' Whirlwind Rhymelove,
1/29/2017 Wretched Heart Rhymelost love,
1/28/2017 Whispers Rhymelost love,magic,
1/28/2017 Wishes Rhymesea,
1/27/2017 Cloak and Dagger Rhymesymbolism,
1/24/2017 Opposites Attract Free verselove,
1/18/2017 Peace Rhymepeace,
1/16/2017 Old Friends Free versefriendship,
1/15/2017 Heaven Waits Rhymedeath,school,work,
12/27/2016 He Touched Me Coupletlove hurts,
12/27/2016 Another Lover Free verselost love,
12/27/2016 Apart Free verselost love,
12/27/2016 Free As A Bird Coupletfreedom,lost love,
12/27/2016 Tired of Waiting- Revised with Music Lyriclonely,music,
12/26/2016 Big Hat Rhymelost love,
12/26/2016 Playing with Fire Free versefaith,lust,
12/24/2016 The Bride to Her Future Groom Rhymelove,wedding,
12/23/2016 From Across the Sea Lyriclonging,love,missing,
12/23/2016 Be Careful - Revised with Music Lyriclove,romance,
12/22/2016 It's Such A Hot Day Coupletfun,holiday,summer,
12/22/2016 A New Book Rhymedream,life,love,
12/22/2016 Dreaming Again Rhymedream,love,sensual,
12/22/2016 Come In Lyricsensual,
12/22/2016 What Would I Do Free versefriendship,
12/22/2016 What a Trip Free versefaith,future,
12/22/2016 Rose-Colored Glasses Rhymefantasy,happiness,love,
12/19/2016 Giving Coupletblessing,giving,
12/16/2016 Wolf Cries Free verseanimal,nature,
12/11/2016 Rebirth 2 Couplethappiness,romance,
12/10/2016 If I Were An Elephant Free versefantasy,
12/9/2016 How Free verselonging,sad love,
12/8/2016 Let It Be Sonnetdream,longing,magic,
12/8/2016 Pleasure and Pain Coupletlove,love hurts,
11/11/2016 The Glass Jar Quatrainlonging,love,
11/11/2016 Before the Snow Quatrainhope,love,
11/11/2016 Before the Snow Quatrainhope,love,
11/11/2016 Before the Snow Quatrainhope,love,

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Fav Poems

RAINY MORNING I do not know?rain,
- I Tried To Say - Light Verselove,romantic,
Come hold his hand Sonnetage,appreciation,dad,emot
Happiness Free verseabuse,depression,happines
Bye Yesterday, Hello Today Enclosed Rhymedeep,freedom,how i feel,l
Finding Her Wings I do not know?angel,beautiful,butterfly
Sweet Ballet Rhymedance,
A Camping Morn Rhymeapril,
Unzipped Lips Quaternfaith,family,philosophy,d
Untitled Free verseamerica,truth,
Unrequited Love Quatrainangst,heart,heartbreak,lo
Time Soldiers On Free verseage,image,time,
Three Questions Couplethumor,humorous,
The Stray Narrativeabuse,child,dog,first lov
The Daydream Free verseautumn,beautiful,
Tenderly Narrativefarewell,love,
Taming of the shrew Versegirlfriend,
Small Potatoes Free verseage,allegory,food,
Shattered Villanelleaddiction,break up,farewe
Secrets Coupletconfidence,love,
One Old Hat Free verselife,
Belles Versebeauty,
Building A Fantasy Rhymefantasy,
Teacher's Pet Sonnetcrush,funny love,humorous
The summer went Terza Rimaautumn,summer,
My New Girlfriend Free versebeauty,dream,fantasy,girl
Beausoleil Light Versehistory,philosophy,
Caress My Soul Sweet Poet Sonnetappreciation,love,poetry,
WHEN I STOP AND PRAY Lyricdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Soulmate Love Free versetrue love,
Summer Afternoon Sedokadevotion,happiness,lovelo
POETS Rhymeappreciation,encouraging,
VIETNAM VICTIM Elegiac Lyricdaughter,father,war,
PART 1 - Earthbound Angels Made of Stone - An Epic Personificationangel,baby,birth,black af
PART 2 - Earthbound Angels Made of Stone - An Epic Personificationabuse,angel,baby,black af
Words For Those With No Voice Free verseallah,death,evil,holocaus
Cardboard Boxes Free verseart,christian,humanity,li
When We Were Young Sonnetanalogy,life,
Lonely Words Sonnetloneliness,poetry,sad,
Finding Love: Sonnetanalogy,joy,love,
Fly My Way: Quatrainlove,romance,romantic,
I BELIEVE: Rhymeanalogy,universe,
This journey so short: Sonnet 
Winter's Dreams Free verselove,winter,
Homeless: Sonnetloneliness,
Christmas Charity Free versechristmas,death,feelings,
Squirrels Trioletbeautiful,imagery,imagina
Fingertips and spider webs Rhymelove,
Silent Hearts Cinquainlost love
The Great Web: Coupletanalogy,death,flower,life
As I awoke: Coupletappreciation,blessing,mor
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
Shine On, Euterpe Quatern 
To Have and Have Not Sonnetlove,wife,
Moonlight Serenade Haibunsensual,
This Cowboy's Done Cowboy 
Penny for the Guy Ethereecelebration,crush,england
Lovers' Feast: Sonnetlove,romance,
Self pity Rhymebreak up,loneliness,lost
Bones Lament - Collaboration with Darren White Rhymefun,humorous,
Rule the World Acrosticpower,
Natures Gift Sonnetblessing,nature,
Love of Nature Coupletnature,
The Last Night Star Sonnetdream,love,
Doors Quatrainappreciation,beautiful,ce
Remembered In Thy Full Bloom,Collaboration by Robert J Lindley, Teppo Gren and Michael P Clark Rhymeart,creation,deep,devotio
UNSHACKLE MY VERSE: Couplethumor,humorous,prison,
Starry Starry Night Dramatic Verseanti bullying,art,beauty,
Yesterday's Fragile Truth Rhymeangst,betrayal,depression
Mythology of Celtic Circles Rhymedestiny,mythology,philoso
Tranquility Coupletchildren,god,granddaughte
Death Shroud Quatrainangst,anxiety,death,image
BLACKBIRD HAIKU Haikubeauty,bird,morning,natur
Beneath the Arbor Rhymegood morning,
Promise Me Cowboys Pantoum 
Timeless Cave Free verseart,time,
Fate and Destiny Sonnetdestiny,dream,fate,
Delusional reality check Dramatic monologueanxiety,children,happines
Earth's Guardians: Haikuearth,
Carry My Soul: Ethereeallegory,music,universe,
One Silent Word Free versehow i feel,poets,tribute,
Just A Small Poem For A Friend Quatrainbeach,beautiful,bird,flyi
The Sea Gulls Came Home Free versebird,love,storm,
Please Be Quiet: Quatrainlove,
Forever Together: Verseallegory,love,magic,
Real Men Wear Pink Rhymecharacter,funny,humor,per
No More Worries For Tomorrow Pantoumfaith,future,god,song,
Trust Me Baby This Is Love Sonnetlonging,love,poems,
A Hundred Springs Rhymeage,
Life - Is - Now Quatraingrowth,happiness,life,wis
Summer Wine - An Erotic Romance Rhymedesire,love,lust,sensual,
The Wren Narrativebird,
Two Pairs of Shoes Rhymehumor,
Listen Rhymeabuse,
Memories - Episode 1 Narrativelost,memory,moving on,mys
Humanity Rhymeart,beauty,
Wading for you Rhymememory,
A smile appeared Free versewind,
Maria Down Under Rhymebeach,lust,satire,vacatio
Too late for tears Free verseabsence,angst,death,mum,

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Wendy Rycroft United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Becca Teagan United States Flag United States Read
adarah witherspoon United States Flag United States Read
Agnes Krampe United States Flag United States Read
Amaris Vazquez United States Flag United States Read
Teresa Skyles United States Flag United States Read
Kelsey SKABELUND United States Flag United States Read
jaque ro United States Flag United States Read
Brandie Osborn United States Flag United States Read
Jeremiaj Morgan United States Flag United States Read
Ananya Mohit India Flag India Read
Edward McCall United States Flag United States Read
Heath Mason Australia Flag Australia Read
Fiona Kaldeway Canada Flag Canada Read
DANIEL MARTINEZ United States Flag United States Read
CayCay Jennings United States Flag United States Read
JAN ALLISON Isle Of Man Flag Isle Of Man Read
TIM KITCHEN United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Teddy Kimathi Kenya Flag Kenya Read
Daniel Turner United States Flag United States Read
George D. Miller United States Flag United States Read
Charles Reese United States Flag United States Read
Elizabeth Smith United States Flag United States Read
Tom Larrow United States Flag United States Read
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
John Mudge United States Flag United States Read
Diane Lefebvre United States Flag United States Read
William Smith United States Flag United States Read
DARREN WATSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Elisa Christensen United States Flag United States Read
Michelle Corbin United States Flag United States Read
Kim Morrison United States Flag United States Read
Gary Bateman Germany Flag Germany Read
Robert Pettit United States Flag United States Read
shirley hyde United States Flag United States Read
John Hamilton Canada Flag Canada Read
D. C. Jordan United States Flag United States Read
Keith Logan United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Victor Buhagiar Malta Flag Malta Read
William Robinson United States Flag United States Read
Laura Loo United States Flag United States Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Teppo Gren Finland Flag Finland Read
Gordon wickstrom Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Chris Green United States Flag United States Read
Brendan Solomon Australia Flag Australia Read
Collins Cp Zambia Flag Zambia Read
Roy Pett United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
S.zaynab Kamoonpuri Tanzania Flag Tanzania Read
Manoko Mokgolo South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Chuck Melugin United States Flag United States Read
Frederic Parker United States Flag United States Read
Charlie Smith United States Flag United States Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Larry Bradfield United States Flag United States Read
Sara Ella United States Flag United States Read
Anne-Marie Coreggia United States Flag United States Read
Lenna Walker United States Flag United States Read
Freddie Robinson Jr. United States Flag United States Read
Maria Williams Australia Flag Australia Read
Jo Daniel India Flag India Read
Gregory R Barden United States Flag United States Read
Silent One United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
BJ BREWER United States Flag United States Read
Viv Wigley United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
John Gondolf United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Vijay Pandit United States Flag United States Read
July Morning United States Flag United States Read
Amy Moreno United States Flag United States Read
charles messina United States Flag United States Read