Get Your Premium Membership

A Voice from the Past with Hope and Encouragement - Joe Flach's Blog

About Joe Flach
(Show Details...)
Bloggers Photo


First I was me,

Selfish as can be,

Wanting everything from A to Z

And wanting it all for me.

Then I became we,

A part of an us.

I learned to share, give and take

I learned how to trust.

Next I was you,

Believe me it's true.

I would rather give than receive,

It was you I wanted to please.

Now I am them,

A family man.

Giving my children,

All that I can.

If you look real close,

It is easy to see,

I am older and wiser,

And no longer a me.

Come join my FaceBook Page, "Poems, Lyrics and Stuff by An Average Joe" -

A Voice from the Past with Hope and Encouragement

Blog Posted:1/29/2018 10:58:00 AM

Hello Poets,

I am a one-time frequent flier here at PoetrySoup who has been absent now for a few years.  I started sharing my poetry on a personal blog page ( and stopped posting them here about four years ago.

The greatest asset that I miss from PS is the number of comments and critiques you get from fellow poets.  The comments and feedback from poems on my blog page are few and far between.  I also miss the contests hosted here.  Some of my favorite poems from the past were inspired by the creative contest themes I entered on PoetrySoup.  And, of course, I miss the friendships and connections that PS helped facilitate.  Some of you have stayed connected with me through other channels, but most of you are merely memories of mentors and friends from a past experience.  Just thought I would stop by and say, “Hey”.  I also am likely to try out a contest or two – if you don’t mind.  It’s been years since I have been here, but I am still listed as #30 in Contest Winners.

Also, I thought that I might share a piece of my story in the hope of offering encouragement and inspiration to those of you who, like me, sometimes feel like we are writing and posting our works in vain.  I did not see a link to what used to be a Community Summary page which told you how many Poems you had posted, contests entered, and the such, but I posted 100s of poems on this site and received very little acclaim and no outside of PS recognition.  I didn’t and don’t write poems for fame, glory or fortune; but I always, deep down inside, harbored a fantasy that some might be stumbled upon.

Well, lo and behold, it happened to me.  Out of nowhere, one day, I had a message on my voice mail from an advertising company saying that they wanted to use one of my poems in a television commercial they were creating for one of their clients.  Of course, I was flattered and shocked.  This began a short and sweet journey in having my poem fitted for their purposes.  When my poem was featured and appeared in the Marriott, Golden Rule advertising campaign, I burst with pride and satisfaction.  I never bothered to ask and do not know today, how they happened to stumble upon my poem, “Human Beings Being Human”, but, somehow, they did.  I first posted that poem here in PS and later, on my blog page.

The commercial itself does not give credit to the poem’s author, so the fame is fleeting, but, I am surprised by the number of people who have tracked me down and offered some praise for my work.  But, it does give me self-satisfaction and some validation that my poetry has some merit despite the little recognition I get from the few family and friends who I regularly share them with.

Although, I recognize that I am bragging here, I really just want to give you hope that someday, somehow, somewhere, someone may find your poem(s) and recognize your talent and creativity.  It may take 100s of poems and postings before it happens, but, if it can happen to me, it can happen to you.  I owe some of my success to those of you here who, many years ago, offered me encouragement, advice and friendship, giving me the courage to continue my passion regardless of the silence received in return.  I know our common mantra is, “I don’t write for fame, glory or recognition; I write because I love to write”, but, it is fun to fantasize and I am here to encourage you to dream big about what could become of your creativity and the poetry you give birth to.

Thanks to all of you who helped me along the way.  I hope others of you are also being nurtured along the way by the many poets I once counted as my friends here in Poetry Soup.

Please Login to post a comment
Date: 2/1/2018 8:29:00 AM
Joe, you listed many reasons why you should come back to poetry soup to post poems, will you ? Congratulations on your success with your poem in the commercial, that is really inspiring. May I brag a bit too, I have been contacted many times by teachers and students asking to use my poems, small glory, but it really makes me feel good ! I recall once years ago, you told me I used to many commas, I have corrected that now !
Login to Reply
Date: 1/30/2018 12:34:00 PM
by the way. Do you know Armand here (who goes by the name Maurice)? He is from Canada. Recently he told me his poem was used in a life insurance commercial. So impressive! the rest of us can dream!
Login to Reply
Flach Avatar
Joe Flach
Date: 1/30/2018 10:47:00 PM
I don’t know Armand/Maurice but I knew I couldn’t be the only one with such luck and blessing - too many poets here far more talented than me. If Armand/Maurice’s experience was as positive as mine, he must be pleased and proud. Good Job, A/M!
Date: 1/30/2018 12:32:00 PM
Yes, Joe, I remember you well, and congrats on the commercial success! Were you at least compensated for it? I have been approached for a few little things but nothing major like an advertisement that could possibly pay money. It's so nice when out of nowhere, we can get a soupmail asking us if a poem can be used for something like a slide show that a student is doing for a report or for an example of a poetry form in someone's book. These things really help us feel encouraged. Good for you on the success!
Login to Reply
Flach Avatar
Joe Flach
Date: 1/30/2018 10:44:00 PM
Hi, Andrea, and I, you - how could I not. My commercial thingy was done very professionally and business-like; with contracts, agreements and compensation. All, a new experience for me and a pleasant surprise. It was like found money to me. I have not realized any new open doors since, but I am still hopeful for some domino effect. We’ll see. And, I also have had poems used in student papers and projects and have shown up in anthologies and on other websites. A few have contacted me for permission, while others I stumble upon when I vanity google my name. Although most give me credit as the author, many just use what they find without asking. Most of the used, I’ve found have not been for commercial gain, so I’m good with it. The TV commercial thing was all above board and done right.
Date: 1/29/2018 9:21:00 PM
Hi Joe. Congratulations on your poem being used in the commercial, that is super exciting! Welcome back :)
Login to Reply
Flach Avatar
Joe Flach
Date: 1/30/2018 12:26:00 AM
Thanks, Becca; yeah, I still find it exciting every time I see it.
Date: 1/29/2018 2:09:00 PM
what a wonderful uplifting blog Joe and I am delighted you have come back to share your good news:-) hugs Jan xx
Login to Reply
Flach Avatar
Joe Flach
Date: 1/30/2018 12:28:00 AM
Thanks, Jan; it feels good coming back and recognizing many names on the list of poems and blogs.
Date: 1/29/2018 1:38:00 PM
Thank you I found your blog inspirational and inspiring.
Login to Reply
Date: 1/29/2018 11:31:00 AM
Joe that is still a wonderful experience to have! And I'm sure many here feel the way you did. Very glad you're back Joe :)
Login to Reply

My Past Blog Posts

A Voice from the Past with Hope and Encouragement
Date Posted: 1/29/2018 10:58:00 AM
Another Short Story
Date Posted: 1/11/2016 6:59:00 PM
A Short Story
Date Posted: 1/7/2016 7:38:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/6/2014 6:32:00 PM
A Promise to Myself
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 10:21:00 AM
A Question for My Fellow Poets - Men and Women
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 9:00:00 PM
Everybody Has a Holy Grail
Date Posted: 6/22/2014 3:37:00 PM
Maya Angelou
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 10:01:00 AM
Very Punny Stuff
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 6:47:00 PM
Seeing Your Child Off to War
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 1:04:00 PM
Tears for Oso
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 5:52:00 PM
A New Milestone
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 12:46:00 PM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes - Today's the Day - UPDATED WITH PICTURES FROM THE WALK
Date Posted: 4/25/2014 10:42:00 AM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes - Contest Winners Posted
Date Posted: 4/21/2014 12:32:00 PM
Strangers Helping Out - One Donation at a Time
Date Posted: 3/31/2014 11:23:00 AM
An Update on the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" Contest
Date Posted: 3/27/2014 3:25:00 PM
If I Could Enter My Own Contest - Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 12:27:00 PM
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
Date Posted: 3/12/2014 12:38:00 AM
Harder Than it Seems
Date Posted: 3/7/2014 5:02:00 PM
Taking a Stand
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 10:46:00 AM
The 12th Man Includes Women Too
Date Posted: 2/22/2014 3:51:00 PM
Excuse My Brag
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 2:19:00 PM
Walking Fools
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 12:26:00 PM
Finding Evidence that Someone Found Use for One of my Poems
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 1:31:00 PM
What a Super, Super Bowl
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 2:20:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
1/29/2018 I May Never Have Met You Lyriclove,song,
5/20/2016 Pandemics of Hatred Rhymehistory,political,
5/12/2016 Hike Your Own Hike Rhymelife,
5/11/2016 A Poet's Quest Rhymepoetry,writing,
5/4/2016 No Father in this World is Luckier Rhymefamily,
5/4/2016 The CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate Rhymechildren,
5/3/2016 Even the Angels Wept Rhymeangel,,Lullaby,
5/2/2016 Unconnected Dots Rhymelife,
4/29/2016 Her Beautifully Awful Singing Rhymelove,sad,song,
2/5/2016 My Parting Gifts Rhymelife,
2/5/2016 Love Tears Rhymelove,
1/26/2016 While Waiting Free verselife,
1/26/2016 Forevermore Narrativedeath,life,
1/24/2016 Forty Rhymeage,
1/23/2016 A Congregation of Deadly Sins Rhymesin,
1/23/2016 I Want to Write a New Poem Rhymelife,
1/12/2016 The Man in the Irony Mask Free verselife,mystery,
1/12/2016 Cafes of Berlin Free verselife,
1/7/2016 I Refuse to be Invisible Rhymeintrospection,life,
1/5/2016 A Christmas Tale Rhymechristmas,giving,
1/5/2016 Bored in Manhattan Rhymeamerica,city,,western,
1/5/2016 A Life of Sunshine Rhymepoetry,writing,
6/4/2015 Pepsi Jingle Lyricsong,
6/3/2015 The Girl in My Dreams Rhymedream,
1/15/2015 Stand By Me Rhymefriendship,life,
12/17/2014 Whispers of Your Soul Rhymelife,
12/3/2014 True Detective Rhymemystery,
11/2/2014 The Porch Light Rhymeinspirational,
10/29/2014 An Unfortunate Circumstance Rhymelove hurts,
10/28/2014 The Best Times of My Life - Born in the 50's Rhymefriend,history,life,
10/27/2014 Mocking Reminders Rhymesad,
10/12/2014 A Conversation With My Father Rhymefather,
10/10/2014 I Would Like to Fall In Love Again Rhymelife,
10/9/2014 Blinded by the Speed of Life Lyricfather,song,
10/7/2014 My Cell Phone Keeps Vibrate'n Lyriclost love,song,
10/1/2014 Tooth and Letter Dramatic Versesad,
9/30/2014 The White Room Rhymedeath,life,
9/25/2014 Anchored to My Heart Lyricsad,
9/25/2014 Walk-In Closets Rhymebreak up,life,lost love,
9/19/2014 A Man With Rhyme to Reason Balladlife,
9/17/2014 The Ballad of Goodie-Two-Shoes Balladlife,
9/16/2014 My Life of Quicksand Rhymeallegory,life,
8/12/2014 She is Love Lyriclove,
8/11/2014 Purely Paradise Lyriclove,lust,
8/10/2014 I Am Here Rhymedesire,
8/4/2014 A Six Pack Love Affair Rhymefunny,life,
7/30/2014 Random Acts of Kindness Quaterninspirational,
7/30/2014 Facade of Content Rhymelife,
7/23/2014 A Father's Tears Rhymesad,
7/22/2014 Any Time You Need a Friend Rhymefriendship,love,
7/15/2014 Her Last Poem Rhymedeath,sad,
7/6/2014 Slave to a Woman's Tears Rhymelife,
7/4/2014 Emptied Bottles Rhymelife,sad,
6/24/2014 Poets Who Write Love Poems Free versepoetry,
6/22/2014 The Summer of 1974 Rhymememory,
6/19/2014 We Both Get Passionate Rhymelove,lust,
6/18/2014 A One of a Kind Woman Rhymegirl,
6/17/2014 My Inability to Let My Inabilities Stop Me Rhymeinspiration,life,
6/16/2014 The Rolling Hills of Life Rhymeintrospection,
6/13/2014 Midnight Rhymeintrospection,
6/12/2014 So, Now What Narrativeintrospection,
6/10/2014 Sometimes We Just Have to Get Naked Rhymelife,
6/2/2014 Soup Song Sing-a-long Lyricsong,
5/29/2014 The Caged Bird is Set Free Elegyangel,eulogy,poets,
5/27/2014 Tears on the Wind Rhymespiritual,
5/21/2014 How Can Heaven Ever Be Heaven Rhymelove,song,
5/20/2014 The Butterfly Flutters By Rhymelife,
5/20/2014 The Unemployed Musician Lyriclife,
5/19/2014 A Rose, A Tear and a Prayer Rhymeloss,love,
5/16/2014 Lost in Pursuit Free versephilosophy,
5/15/2014 There I Stood Free verselife,
5/15/2014 My Salvation Free verseintrospection,life,
5/12/2014 The Artist Rhymeart,life,philosophy,
5/10/2014 First Shovel of Dirt Rhymeabuse,
5/7/2014 The Lonely Grave Rhymelife,
5/5/2014 The Last Thing That I Did Right Rhymelife,lust,
5/2/2014 Can You Still Love Someone Monorhymelost love,
5/1/2014 Remember Me to Linda-Marie Rhymededication,
4/30/2014 A Daydream Rhymeart,dream,
4/30/2014 Helpless Kyrielledeath,sad,
4/30/2014 An Easy Man Burlesquefunny,sexy,
4/29/2014 A Cause to Rejoice Sonnetmarriage,political,
4/28/2014 Portals to My Youth Free versenostalgia,
4/24/2014 I Suck at Being Me Rhymehumorous,introspection,
4/22/2014 When First I Held Her Hand in Mine - Quatern Quaterndaughter,
4/22/2014 Embers of Time Rhymeinspiration,life,
4/21/2014 Life Rhymeintrospection,life,
4/20/2014 The Day They Killed My Easter Bunny Rhymeinnocence,
4/16/2014 The Red, Flashing 1 On My Answering Machine Rhymelife,
4/8/2014 Smile, If You're Feeling Sad Rhymeinspirational,
3/28/2014 The Man in the Rosy Glasses Rhymeintrospection,life,prejud
3/27/2014 Night Skies Rhymelife,
3/17/2014 A St Paddy's Day Limerick Limerickfunny,holiday,
3/16/2014 Hopes Come True Rhymehope,life,song,
3/11/2014 Life is What YOU Make it Free versedeath,life,
3/10/2014 Anything Goes Rhymemarriage,
3/10/2014 Islands of Poverty Rhymelife,political,society,
3/7/2014 Memories on Branches Quatrainimagery,seasons,
3/6/2014 Dream Love Rhymefunny,imagination,life,
3/6/2014 Coming of Age in Centerville with Baseball and Girls Rhymebaseball,growing up,nosta

My Photos


ps_Boulder River 052.JPG

Fav Poems

No Fav Poems Selected

Fav Poets

No Fav Poets Selected