A Poet I am Not .........

"Where do I begin "
Isn't that what Frank asked us all?
I should say ...
I have no excuse
But to tell the story of a ..........
all thats ever been
I could spend the rest of my
hours just reading the thoughts
of the greats
And in the end I would only know
more than ever
That in truth
I could write forever and still
Only be one star in a universe
of light.........
I am no poet .....I am no
writer.....I am only
a reflection of those
who first put words to paper
And gave me all reason
for this........



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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

When a tree falls deep in the forest, and is not heard by a single soul, does it make a sound??? When a poem is written but never read, is the writer a poet? If the poem is read and appreciated and respected as are all your poems, then the writer is indeed a poet. If you are merely a reflection of what has been already, then so are we all and you dear Sir are the biggest reflection.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Nice! I like it.


marellen 5 years ago

True, but its the way you put the words on paper with feeling that makes a good writer and continues us to read.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I want to disagree with you that aren't a poet but the words are too beautiful. They flow so well with truth that I do agree that we are a reflection of what was, what is and what is going to be. We are just vessels.


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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

Not being a poet and trying to put some first words were impressive. voted interesting.


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

this is interesting...

and this is not a criticism at all, but i feel like the poem has more tha say... i think it wants to keep talking


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lovelypaper 5 years ago from Virginia

Nice. You may be only one star, but all stars are beautiful.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

We read and absorb the words of the greats, and the little known genius. You are more than a reflection ahorseback. You are substance in a world of wraiths. Please write forever, and I will too.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

You know, it's strange, but i don't feel like a poet either, whenever someone calls me one i can't imagine it. I think of myself as a person who likes to rhyme. Loved your thoughts on being a poet. Thank you...


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

I can relate to this on so many levels, the awe that I feel when I read the greats contrasts vastly to the frustration I feel when attempting my own writing, but I also like to think that we are all human and even the greats doubted their own words never knowing that one day they would be studied around the world.

So keep writing and lock those doubts away, it would be a great loss to never read another poem of yours


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

This is too beautiful and sad!


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sassyk73 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

What a wonderful piece. I really loved it when you said, "I could write forever and still only be one star in the universe of light."

I really enjoy your work. You are magnificent and you are my friend. Keep them coming :)


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Fennelseed , You are far too kind ! Thank you ,I am never so sure of calling myself a writer.......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Will Starr , Thank you sir , sometimes I wonder if all the lines and words haven't already been used!.... and if so , what does that make us ? :-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Marellen, Thank you for sharing this with me!...:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , Vessels ! Yes that's it isn't it......thank you for reading and understanding....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

@ Shea Duane , You could be right .....thanks :-}

@Lovely Paper , thank you , we are all stars , Yes?:-}

@Hyphen , thank you ! Lets give it a try !....:-}

@Always exploring , Perhaps the way I was raised , not to think too highly of myself!...LOL :-}

@Nighthag , Perhaps you are right and Thank you ...as always .

@Nellieanna , Thats it , wrap it up !......:-}

@Sassy , as you are as well! Thank you ....:-}


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

My friend and fellow POET never think for a moment that you are neither a writer or a poet sir, you are both and I must say a fine one at that. I know we walk in the shadows of the greats and march behind their GIANT footsteps doing our baby step thing, however we are still writers and we have a voice. My friend I hear your voice, I read your works of art and I sir call you a Poet of finest kind.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

There is no need for self castigation, I see you as a poet who reflects wonderfully.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Saddlerider , Thank you kind sir , A voice in silence we scream! All of us!. You are a kind man besides being an artist!....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Vinaya , I do, and always have, loved the dance of the words, fast and frantic or slow and steady.Thank yu my friend......:-}


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

The words you write point to a pen that a poets hand holds...intriguing work


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Alladream , thank you my new frend!....:-}


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Did you know that I suggested that you be in included in Saddlerider's poets page in Facebook a week or so ago?. Of course you are a poet my friend, you even have more than enough poems collected in Hubpages to publish a book if you ever feel inclined. Not everyone has the ability to create a painting with words.


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Kavita Trivedi 5 years ago from London

But you are! Nicely written


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

I've rarely written something...no, make that NEVER come up with an idea which hasn't circulated somewhere else previously. We are all reflecting and bouncing ideas off oneanother and from one to the other. communicating, I think that is what it's called...LOL...very succinct and thoughtful and humble prose you've written, ahorseback! All ups...well, I didn't push funny thought, I guess I could but, well, no...Kathy


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Violet Sun , Thank you , You ! have always been there from the beginning of my publishing here.You have been more than encouraging for me ! I owe you , as so many , for that beautiful act of commpassion! Thank you !.....For all you are. You are beautiful!.....:-}


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi ahorseback..this is beautiful, deep and openly honest. I see that we do share the words and thoughts of others; that most of what we communicate is borrowed from others before us...it is the fabulously beautiful and creative way in which some of us - read YOU - put these ideas and thoughts to 'paper.' this is what makes you the poet, author of prose, and great writer. PS...I already commented on this one but my comment did not appear..were you able to see my previous words? Anyway...this is a better reply to your talents, anyway. Kathy


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

One question... what is this if not a poem ?

A poem is putting your feelings into words.

Nobody else doubts you so why doubt yourself


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Mahua , Thank you so much .....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Kavita , Thank you my dear , Thats too kind !...:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

LuckyCats , You are so kind and I am humbled , yet just like you ,I only try to voice my feelings , Thats what matters .....sharing is what we do ! Thank you as always ....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

RoseMary , Thank you and I'm glad to share ! Believe me ......:-}

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