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4/20/2024 10:59:51 PM
Topic:
Only himself he can not solve

Jimmy Jet
Posts: 3
Now A Satellite by Louis Ginsberg


Now like a symbol, Newly Risen,
That man can escape His earthly prison,
Man now fashions A satellite
And maps the orbit Of its flight.

Intrepid is man Who plumbs the seas
And feels the pulses Of galaxies.
Man explores Deep in an ion
And measures the heat In heart of Orion.

He dares to filch The blaze of the sun
And fearlessly taunts Oblivion.
Audacious is man Who dares to trace
The mystery, Veining space, --

Man who scorns his lowly bars
Whose mind harpoons The secret of stars,
Of atoms that mate And orbs that revolve,
Only himself He can not solve.
4/20/2024 4:46:01 PM
Topic:
Neither Here Nor There

Warren Cox
Posts: 4
Saying goodbye can be exciting depending on where you are headed but it can also be so sad. I think you've covered it very well. Nice work.
Wazza
4/16/2024 8:15:41 AM
Topic:
Leaving Is Hard

Zarek Brewer
Posts: 5
Leaving is hard
It burns you inside

As you leave what you know and behind

Nobody wants to leave what they love

Nor do they want to let go.

When I left,I hugged my friends,

Never to see them again.

Because leaving is hard

But returning is harder

So I'd rather it be the end.




Sorry this one's kinda corny :P
edited by thesaddestpoet on 4/16/2024
4/16/2024 7:54:10 AM
Topic:
Leaving Is Hard

Zarek Brewer
Posts: 5
Leaving is hard
It burns you inside

As you leave what you know and behind

Nobody wants to leave what they love

Nor do they want to let go.

When I left,I hugged my friends,

Never to see them again.

Because leaving is hard

But returning is harder
So I'd rather it be the end.




Sorry, this ones kinda corny :P
edited by thesaddestpoet on 4/16/2024
edited by thesaddestpoet on 4/16/2024
4/16/2024 7:37:57 AM
Topic:
Neither Here Nor There

Zarek Brewer
Posts: 5
Thank you guys... I poured my heart into this.
4/12/2024 9:25:24 PM
Topic:
Hello need a little help

Sam Scott
Posts: 4
Hey there Constance gives good advice. I have also found, only recently, that finding someone to work with on a collaboration is quite a good way to learn. Many people are very generous on here with their time and patience. Also geography or age is no boundary. I am in the UK and collaborated, and became friends with an Australian poet.
Good luck
edited by samsun scott on 4/12/2024
4/12/2024 10:39:57 AM
Topic:
Neither Here Nor There

Hiba Junaid
Posts: 1
That is so damn crushingly real.
4/6/2024 2:36:23 PM
Topic:
COULD SOMEONE CORRECT IT AS I'M NEW IN EN POEM

Michelle Smith
Posts: 12
Just put a space between words... other than that, I wouldn't change anything, because this is you expressing how you feel. Let it out, let it go, let God heal your heart, He loves you so much, you are a child of the Heavenly Father... this weekend is the Feast of Mercy! Open your hands, close your eyes and see His Heart full of Mercy, sending out the rays of grace, like a sunbeam and moonbeam of healing comfort... knowing He is there for you. Also, Mother Mary, through her hands, sending the light of His love, if you feel it is easier to be close to a mother.
edited by Michelle.Allison.S on 4/6/2024
4/4/2024 7:12:15 PM
Topic:
Reply to a comment.

Warren Cox
Posts: 4
I can't find a means to replying to a comment on a poem I posted.
4/4/2024 1:20:57 PM
Topic:
Neither Here Nor There

Aicha Jemaa
Posts: 1
Encapsulated the way I often feel.
4/4/2024 6:31:45 AM
Topic:
Introduction.

Albena Yordanova
Posts: 2
I am new in writing poems, or generally writing anything. I am 47. I remember when kid use to write, then in teenage years, also love to write, especially in more emotional moments. Then of course I would throw what I write into the bin. Well
in this perfect age I am now, especially during last year, I had some dramatic transformation in my being, which affected my personality, and more specifically, I woke up like from a deep dream, and understood that I have been living not as a real soul, but rather a servant to all my close family members, friends, etc.
And many things which I have been dreaming about, and not fulfilling become of this one, or another…
I started doing it now…
Do what you love,
Listen to your heart, not to mom’s or dad’s ambitions, or fake friendship advice.
Love your life! It is unique. Don’t be scared. Just do what it is suppose to be your own path
edited by bereiki on 4/4/2024
4/3/2024 8:52:24 PM
Topic:
A new poem

Michelle Smith
Posts: 12
I'm not sure what the rule is for capitalizing the next line after a comma; sometimes maybe we don't always even need a comma at the end, since there's a new line, it kind of suggests a pause or end. Maybe if there weren't a comma though, it'd look more natural for the next line to be capitalized... does that make sense? I haven't read documentation on it, but it's just an inkling I have. Maybe pick which way you want the lines to begin: capitals for the first line only, or every other line, or every line, and then stick with that sequence throughout the poem?

Then some of your stanzas have double the length, while others go over to the next line instead... if you want it that way, that's cool, or I suppose that's one thing that could be more similar throughout all the stanzas?

It's kind of funny because all of these suggestions are things I need to pay attention to myself in some of my own poems haha. For example, in my latest poem, "Mouschi & Moortje," I'm still obsessing over where to separate the stanzas, and how to indicate lines that lead to one another. (If you read it, do you think commas would work better in the first stanza instead of the dashes?)

You've got a moving poem here, rather wraith-y even. Sounds whole-hearted to me. Hang in there, life is a beautiful journey and search for meaning.
edited by Michelle.Allison.S on 4/3/2024
4/3/2024 8:40:38 PM
Topic:
The Great IAM

Michelle Smith
Posts: 12
Amen. All glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, is now, and every shall be;; world without end! Amen.
4/3/2024 8:33:54 PM
Topic:
Critique desired-thank you

Michelle Smith
Posts: 12
Powerful ending! I just see a few places that need a space between words?
4/3/2024 8:30:58 PM
Topic:
taking a stroll

Michelle Smith
Posts: 12
What a wonderful way to start your day, and to look at the world with wonder of all the little beauties along the way!
4/3/2024 8:28:47 PM
Topic:
Change Not Change

Michelle Smith
Posts: 12
So imaginative and thought-provoking! :O
4/3/2024 8:24:56 PM
Topic:
Neither Here Nor There

Michelle Smith
Posts: 12
I like it, it's moving and relatable. The only suggestion I can think of, maybe, if you want... would be to separate some lines into the next line, where there's a bit of a pause, or add a few more commas? For example with: "Nobody wants to nobody's ready."
4/3/2024 3:29:14 PM
Topic:
Introduction.

Albena Yordanova
Posts: 2
Hi,
I would like to ask someone know who wrote this short beautiful poem?
“ A thousand sunsets I have seen, In thousand places that I have been.
A hundred lives that I have lived, Each came with lessons l've received.
A dozen souls that I'm greeting, Every time that we are meeting.
But all the times l'm passing through, There is a one and only you.”
4/2/2024 5:15:24 PM
Topic:
Getting a Reply to sent Soup mail.

Warren Cox
Posts: 4
I messaged a member with a question about his Contest post. Where or how do I look for his response.
Thank you.

Wazza
4/1/2024 9:49:51 PM
Topic:
Introduction.

Warren Cox
Posts: 4
Hi all. Very recently joined. Looking forward to reading and writing. Have posted only one poem at present. There's Nothing To It Hope you enjoy it.




Warren Cox



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