Learn to Appreciate Poetry

This is crazy.....I think.

Through the decades of my writing career despite my love affair with words and stories, I never gave Poetry so much as a side-glance. For me to deeply analyze this would be a chore since nothing comes instantly to mind. I simply don't know why poetry never attracted my interest.

I sat in the same classrooms as fellow-students and followed along as expected. Per my grades, apparently I bluffed my way through the Poetry phase, for I know I did not ever long to be a Poet.

What I do know is that Poems require deep thinking and reaching far beyond the senses, to a place of fantasy and undercurrent. Perhaps when Poetry and I were introduced, I wasn't interested in the effort toward a long-term relationship. Yes, that's probably it.

This is now and things have changed. My former self has not a single clue who the woman is, now living within my frame who has awakened to the beauty and attraction of Poetry.

At first when I went cruising about in search of sites to read, reflex had me whizzing past the titles that even hinted of a poem. Habit does not die of natural causes. Habit requires that we kill it.

There's a nagging wench who built her nest upon my left shoulder the same year I had to learn to fight to survive. Apparently my delicate psyche helped her settle in and gave her a job to do. If I don't insist she take the day off, she's alert to duty 24/7. Actually,she annoys others a lot more than she does me. The truth is I've learned to appreciate her.


Contemplation
Contemplation

She would whisper in my ear....

I believe I may have been awakened to the fascinating ways in which poetry can express emotions beyond that which prose often pales.One particular work of clearly moving and profound poetry opened my mind to at least give myself the opportunity to attempt what I'd thus far resisted. "C'mon, why not? Be brave, be bad, if you never try, you'll never know.' My wench was persistent that I give Poetry a try.


It just so happens there's a virtual buffet of wonderful Poets who publish here on HubPages and I am fond of many of them. Because although I am a writer yet do not consider myself a poet, I have delved into attempts at poetry, very few times. Even then, most of those attempts have been what may be referred to as nonsense poetry, written just for fun.

Something noteworthy I discovered while reading the Poetry pieces done by fellow free lance writers is that some poets possess the uncanny knack of reaching out to pull our hearts into theirs.

Another quite common mistake I had made when considering poetry was simply not understanding that there are no rigid rules involved. Imagine my shock to discover that not all poetry must consist of rhyme!


A great Golden Oldie....

The perfect way to Day dream.
The perfect way to Daydream.
Nice, Dad, real nice!
Nice, Dad, real nice!

The wench is never happy...

Something strange has come of this new interest. My wench had faith that I could do this. "Good girl, you've read a few poems and you liked them. Begin thinking like a poet. Put some thoughts on this page, make them rhyme, make them sing....don't just sit there girlfriend, give it a try.

Please understand. I seriously doubted I could immediately advance from "Roses are red....violets are blue..." I'd written in my Dad's Father's Day card when I was age ten, to authentically moving poetry. However, to challenge me is to see my smug self accept that challenge.

Speaking of my Dad......rest his precious soul....

He was a no-nonsense but fun kind of Dad He was a United States Marine, musician, song-writer, PT Instructor and blue collar machinist, just brushing the surface of his many talents. Yes he was quite a guy, I know. When he thought it was time I learn how to swim, he was the Dad who would toss his kid in the pool. No, not because he was mean, but because he believed if you're gonna do something, do it. Jump in and learn as you go. I realize that was his message although I don't recall feeling very inspired.

His messages always stuck with me, despite his methods. I do jump in and go for it once I've made a decision. Of course I knew it was time that I stop resisting. I would write a poem.

I had no idea there is so much to learn, Until I searched "Poetry," and up popped the list that honestly scared me. Who knew there are so many styles ( forms?) of Poetry? Epic, Dramatic, Satirical, Lyrical, Inspirational, Narrative, oh my! Where do I begin? And look here what I see, How to Write Poetry. I think I'm smack-dab in the midst of that sort of situation where.... if all else fails, read directions.

No, no, no, I will not put this work on ice while I study. I'm this far now and there's no turning back. I am at your mercy. So, no more chit-chat, this is it. My very first (blind) attempt at a Poem. I feel faint.


LOST WITHIN

My body Trembles, with every step

But still, it leads me straight ahead.

As daylight plays elusive games

and shadows lurk, I fear to tread.

Mystery hovers to distract me

What place, shall I be lead?

Clinging to this need to know, I see

My heart and soul, become as one

This clears my mind, of what's to be

And helps me see what I am worth.


I hope you're as HAPPY as I am!!
I hope you're as HAPPY as I am!! | Source

I Want to Write of Happiness

So this is what I put into words, and I suppose it's barely acceptable. Short and possibly sweet, but my newly born baby nonetheless. I think if ever I choose to make a serious commitment to write Poetry, I'd want to lean toward happiness and perhaps nonsense poems. I see there is actually a category by that name, "Nonsense Poems." Sounds like something made exclusively for me. If it leads to laughter, I'm all for it.

In the meantime, I will continue to read and enjoy the wonderful, inspiring and often, very moving works of my fellow-writers, who take Poetry to Heaven's gate.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh, that's perfectly all right. I only wanted you to understand. I wasn't at all concerned about the mistake. I truly appreciate your kind words.....


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Paula: how silly I was to misinterpret something in your excellent hub ! I'm extremely sorry for that slip on my part. I don't agree with the last line of your comment regarding gift or knack as your poem proves it otherwise. You have all poetic seeds in your heart and there is no doubt about that. Thanks for the correction. Wish you all good and happiness.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello Harish....I'm happy that you came to visit. Correction: I was not referring to "poetry" as a wench.....I was explaining the annoying inner voice who tempts me to try to write Poetry....This is what the wench is. and really I'm being somewhat silly about that.

I do love the poetry I read here on HP by some of the wonderful writers of poetry....I don't seem to have the knack (or the gift) for writing poetry

Have a good night!...Peace, Paula


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

I used to wonder why some guys write in a way that is not clear and is sometimes very difficult to comprehend. Though songs were favorite to me but even those were meant to be sung and delighted and nothing more. Paula, when I began comprehending the real import and purpose behind them, I was delighted no end. You name poetry as a wench but I would say once you make friends with her, you are bound for life. Congrats on coining such a pretty poem and on your wonderful avatar. I loved reading your beautiful hub about a beautiful topic. Voted up.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nithya...Yes, Poetry is all you say. I am pleased that we have so many magnificent Poets here with us at HP. My appreciation has grown.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Awesome hub! Love your poem!! Poetry is a magical world where you can express so many feelings and thoughts in few words. Poetry is powerful and beautiful. Enjoyed reading your hub.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh Jodah...you silver-tongued devil, you! You're just too sweet. Sorry, but I'm no Poet......I just goof around with it. I'll have to waddle over to your site and read your poems.

I have, however, truly learned to appreciate Poetry more than I had before joining HP (which was, not at all) LOL

I couldn't help but love all the beautiful and emotional poetry by my fellow hubbers!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OK all of you sweet lovable Hubbers you........Linda, Nell, Vee & Audrey....I have to confess. I have been doing a LOT of editing (Spring Cleaning & Sprucing up)

This particular hub...I CHANGED THE TITLE. I swear, I didn't mean to FOOL you into thinking it was a new hub and to read it!! LOL......Hmmmm, however......that's a pretty crooked way to be LAZY. Ya think you guys would catch on fairly quickly??

Anyway...I thank you for not only reading it again, but commenting as well.

Audrey....I think I pretty much used up my Poetry Time! I have basically a few "nonsense" poems like my" Man in the Can" and my tribute to Google. But I did a stream of Haikus in Honor of Sunshine's Birthday, which of course I will be circulating again very soon June 25th ...I think it's her 39th BD...not sure? (I'm lying).

Truth is.....I am not a Poet. I hang my head in shame.....


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

I just found this hub through "Hot Hubbers". Glad you took the step and jumped into the poetry waters. You did a good job. I find poetry addictive and just can't find enough different subjects to put into verse. There can never be too many poets, so welcome to the ranks. I also love 'nonsense' poetry eg. 'A Funny Bone is Humerus' and 'Funny Bones' a couple of hubs I wrote. Love this entire hub and the story behind how you came to write your first poem. Well done, voted up.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Came back for another read! Have you written more poetry????


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I remember reading this now! I'm glad to read it again. The poem itself is great, and the rest of the writing is humorous and insightful and just wonderful. Plus, you mentioned me! How lucky am I? I agree with Sunshine; I think it's time for another poem from you, a nonsense poem or any kind. Do it! We're waiting . . . . :-)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Awesome Paula! you secret poet you! lol!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Isn't it time for another poem, courtesy of Effer J? :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi there, Glenn....You've stopped by to read one of my "oldies." Thank you. I appreciate your interest and your interesting comment.....I understand what you mean by writing poetry when the mood is right.

Since this hub, I got into some nonsense (funny) poetry.....and created a few laughs. I also dedicated a group of haikus to Sunshine 625 for her birthday a couple of yrs. ago...but that's it.

Stop by any time! Peace, Paula


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

Very interesting into to your new-found love of poetry. And when I got to your poem, I saw wonderful creativity. Writing poetry isn't easy. I've done it under rare occasions, when I feel extreme emotion. That seems to help with becoming poetic. But maybe that's only me. I find that I cannot write poetry at just any point in time. I need to feel something. Like I said, it's not easy. You've got it. Keep it up.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vinaya.....that is an interesting piece of history you have shared. Thank you!......I'm happy your father encouraged you.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Paula,

I scribbled on my diary since I was an eighth grader. One day my father accidentally read it. He said to me "You have composed some really good poems." Before that I did not know I was writing poetry.

Since I was the only poet in family, I began reading poetry to save my honor.

This is how I discovered poetry.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Peanut...I know what you mean. :)


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK

I certainly do! Sometimes it's depth can be it's downfall and come across as pretentious or too' try hard' if you know what I mean.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Peanut.....good to see you! Some Poetry, I can really enjoy and absorb something from...I can either understand the Poet's intent...or find my own translation. Either way, I like it.

However.....Some poetry I can read 10 times, and still get to the end saying,"HUH? WTF?" Then I know that the Poet went somewhere down real deep and far far away and threw fragmented thoughts on paper......and only he/she has an effin clue what it's about!!

Know what I mean,Peanut? HUH?


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK

I love analysing poetry and looking for the deep rooted meanings that the words meant and how the poet was feeling etc. On my own though, I wouldn't have been able to understand as much as I did without my training in English literature for my degree.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tillie....Audrey.....Susan....Imkarn.........

I am overwhelmed. Four of my hubpages IDOLS. Four of the most gifted writers.....sending such lovely comments, in response to my hub.

You ladies have made my entire week-end.

I am convinced that Heaven will be inhabited by "Hubbers," and I also think, once we get there.......Heaven will never be the same again!...LOL

Thank you all, so very much. Love & Peace, Paula...Effer


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Smiling big! I can so relate! I skipped out of poetry whenever i could - which was often! i don't undersand the styles etc - i just write!

it takes courage to write a poem and yours is beautiful, my friend!

ps..i wish i had your daddy!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Paula, what a journey! Even your description was poetic. That "wench" hasn't jumped on my shoulder yet. I wonder if it's because my mom paid for my swimming lessons... Hmmm... I need to ponder this. Your poem is lovely, and I think you should move with the "groove" whenever it takes you there. You have inspired me.

Loved it! Votes across and shared!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Loved this--both the explanation and the piece--Yay for you!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

A rare gem...our Effer that is...a beautiful poem to stand the test of time.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jools......Yes, my friend....(I am convinced your husband and my late husband are blood-line relatives, down through the ages, somehow).......I believe, "we are all poets," in the ways you have suggested. I appreciate being given the chance to think of it in these terms......in the much broader sense, that is.

If I were to choose to get more serious about it........it would not be "serious," at all...but I'm sure I would quite characteristically, write on the humorous side...........Thanks Jools......Hey, you ARE a jewel!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Effer, we are all poets really (and now so are you!-Well Done, great poem). We all drift along in life thinking 'deep' thoughts and sometimes we wander around thinking funny little things - which can also be turned into poetry. I am not a poetry snob, I write it and I read it. I write more serious stuff and I write about daft stuff like cream cheese sticking to your clothes and about having gnarled feet - I think I just see opportunities for poetry in all of life, with your sense of humour I bet you could have a lucrative hubbing career writing humorous poetry. Pigsty could have more poetry written about him :o)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

pagesvoice....Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I am always so grateful to my fellow-hubbers for taking the time and interest in my writings.

It is amazing that your daughter took to the water like a little fish....I can imagine how happy and proud that made you and your wife!....even though you gave those poor Jewish women, a case of the vapors!!! LOL


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. Wow, did this article reach into my brain and shake the cobwebs of fear around writing and understanding poetry. There is a part of me that doesn't feel qualified to understand what other poets are trying to convey. Additionally, I struggle with format and phrases to put into a poem. I do keep trying though and I guess that is the important thing.

I laughed at your father tossing you into the water. My oldest daughter was a water baby who literally could swim before she walked. I remember all of the Jewish mothers at a resort in Lake George, New York yelling, "Oy Vey" as I dropped my little girl in the pool's deep end only to watch with shear joy as she paddled her little baby fat body over to her mom. Great memories.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Skarlet...Thanks for stopping by! By the looks of the comments here, I've come to conclude that "dads" everywhere had the same method of teaching kids to swim!!

Must be a "guy thing" because Moms usually get hysterical when Dad throws the kid in!!!


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

Nice job, and very clever. I am not exactly the poet, although I love to read other hubbers creative writing.

"Your dad sounds a lot like mine as far as throwing the kid in the pool."


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks Molo!! That was it.....I'm done. Wrote a poem, got some feedback....no more....Bye, guys...See ya!


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molometer 4 years ago

Interesting to read about your dad's attitude to life.

Very sensible advice. Liked the poem too.

I too struggle with this form of writing. Don't know why.

I have read tons of the stuff. Many of the classics.

Some of it great, some of it so obtuse. I cannot decipher it.

Voted up and interesting.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

dmop....Now THAT kind of rhyming I can do!! LOL. You're funny. I also know you do a whole lot more in the poetry field besides Jan the van and the can!! Thank you so much for visiting. You made me smile.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

You did it, you wrote a poem. See it's not that hard is it. I have been writing poetry since I was a kid; you know, stuff like I ran with Jan beside the van while kicking a can. I haven't really gotten any better since but I still like to do it. Great first poem, I'm so glad you decided to broaden your horizons. Voted up and awesome.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh Coge...you know this bunch here....they're all so nice and willing to encourage.....Bless their hearts. I actually had fun with this hub, so it was worth writing and taking a chance at poetry......Trust me Coge, I see NO future in it for me! lol.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very nicely done....I like how you worked you way to your poem....I like you feel lost when it comes to poetry....but enjoyed reading it....and I see that you have gotten a very nice response to your work....voted up and beautiful.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

silver...Nice to meet you and thanks so much for your interest in my work. I appreciate your comments.....and wish you a wonderful day! Peace


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silverstararrow 4 years ago from India

fpherj48, your hub was interesting and amusing. The poem at the end was really good too; but the introduction, especially your experience with the wench, was truly engaging.

I can easily relate to the wench ideology. I too, have this persistent inner voice, urging me on to do things I don't usually want to indulge in. Thankfully, poetry isn't part of its list, it's something I enjoy all on my own (reading and writing).

Off to peak into your other hubs. :D


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Welll... that is the best compliment I have had lately! All stalkers are welcomed!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

xstatic.....I like your hubhandle...and even more so, I am thrilled with your comment.. How nice of you to come seek me out! Oh, isn't Vincent "The Man of the Hour??" I just cannot say enough, nor emphatically enough, how I have fallen madly in love with so many fellow-hubbers! I should probably be arrested or something of such a nature!...duct taped to a telephone pole, where I cannot reach my computer!!

Of course, now, xstatic, you know I must travel to your profile and become one of your stalkers! These people here, are not fooling me....they are not fans and followers.....They are obsessed & crazed maniacs looking for a fix at any corner!!

I have fallen into the web of no return with all of them........and I .....well, quite honestly, I LOVE it!

Thank you my kind sir, for visiting me. I am humbled.

and btw....you are quite handsome. I'm not flirting, I swear!! You can ask anyone!!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

What a great Hub! I found you on a comment on the "barfly" Hub of Vincent's and had to come see. Glad I did!

This is truly a great first effort at poetry. Will read more.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wayne...You rushed right over like a super hero....thanks. I thought if I gave you a little nudge, you'd finally see my first (and more than likely, last poem)

I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. And your Title suggestion is WONDERFUL, but I won't change it, because bill will be crushed...and besides, as I think of it.....in my case? Lost in the Wilderness is the same as Lost Within....if you get my drift (and I know you do!) lol....

Oh...that's ME, Wayne..."Honest and Tenacious," to a fault. Not always a good outcome. But to quote the great philosopher, Popeye, "I is who I is!" Thanks again, so much!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

And on that day...a poet was born. I would have titled the poem, "Lost Within". You have far more potential exhibited there than I ever did the first go around. I never desired to be a poet either...just kind of happened. Once I was into it, I found that it was an excellent way to search the depths of myself and my interests. It also helped me to write better over all as I am far more word conscious now thanks to poetry. BTW...this article is very well done and funny too. It really displays your spirit and tenacity in an honest, straight-forward manner. You really have some good, natural writing skills...much more than you think I'll bet. Keep pluggin' away with it and remember what Rose Ann Cash said of the songs about her failed marriage to Rodney Crowell..."If I can make it rhyme, then you can know about it." Up and more!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL.....well...that was it. My first and probably last try at Poetry. I've admired all the poets here on HP, once I finally began to actually read them.. Like my hub said, I never had an interest in Poetry....

But.....Thank you for your kind comment. I'm always glas when you stop by!!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Paula, for someone who does not write poetry...you did an amazing job at writing it! Encore!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you, but I really know I don't have the Poetry knack....although this hub was fun. Thanks so much for visiting. Always nice to hear from you! I read a poem by YOU today.....amazing!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

well Your poem is fabulous .. I love it.. for someone that doesn't do poetry WOW..

Awesome hub

Debbie


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Rosemary.....Ya think? I don't know. Getting your toes wet is safe and easy. Diving in is another thing altogether! But, I thank you for the encouragment......I'm glad you liked my little poem!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I enjoyed reading your hub. Your poem is wonderful and now that you have dipped your toes in you'll be able to dive right in and make a big splash.

Congratulations, I loved your poem


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello ALUR, nice to meet you and thank you for visiting my site! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and attempt at a poem. I'll be stopping by to check out your work on my next "cruising day!!"


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ALUR 4 years ago from USA

Bravo for realizing the poet in you. I write often how the writer cannot help but write. We are the chosen few, the hopeful and the ones that serenade the dreams through our words.

Check out my versatile hubs as well esp about writing.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

PDX......Oh, you've got the wrong girl....My middle name is "OVER think"....seriously, with everything. I must plead "Guilty." I over-think, over-analyze, over-compensate....you name it. It's a horrible curse.

Thank you for the nice comment and also the referral to Williams. Always good to see you, PDX


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

excellent work. Great intro as well. Up and shared. I no longer publish my first run poems on the hubs, but still have plenty. Don't over think things.. look at the work of William Carlos Williams :-)

Enjoyable read!


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Meow! You're my kinda gal!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you, Kelly....Honestly, I know in my heart that fellow-hubbers are kind and encouraging individuals....so I have to take the compliments in a reasonable manner. Oh, I don't think that anyone would "blow smoke'...it's no that at all.

I just think if I were to post this on a REAL Poet's website......the comments would be quite different....like...."don't quit your day job, girl!!" lmao!! Anyway, it's always nice to hear from you!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Effer - this ain't no SH$& - you should write poetry more often!!bravo woman!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perry....No wonder I love you. You give me so many interesting gifts. I owe you a cat-nip mouse!!


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Thanks. You should also take a look at my collection of Kitteh Haiku at the Museum of Feline Art. These are contributions by cats around the world (but mostly American), illustrated.

http://museumoffelineart.intuitwebsites.com/Haiku....


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

rahul324.....Thank you for coming by to visit and read my hub. I truly appreciate your input. I appreciate your photo even more! You are a real CUTEY!!

Don't get nervous....I am not a stalker. I'm a harmless old lady. Just ask anyone here!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

alocsin....Obviously I've disclosed my knowledge of POETRY.....which is next to nothing....this entire idea was my own attempt at stepping out of my comfort zone.

We call it a "comfort zone" for a reason, that's for sure!

Thank you so much for your visit. I'm always glad to see you stop by.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perry...thank you for the link! You are a highly crafty Kitty!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

The introduction is great as well as the poem.... beautiful work


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I admire people who can write poetry because to me the process is difficult. I'll have to confess that my favorite type are the ones that rhyme at the end -- which I suspect many modern poets find rather primitive. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

This is a link to a poem I heard recently. It's beautifully simple and plainly spoken, but highly crafted.

http://mappingthemarvellous.wordpress.com/2012/03/...


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

As the Mom of 4 sons, I've only one word......AMEN


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Yep father to daughter is like mothers to sons. :;


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you Wes....I must say I sure do agree with you about Poetry being created of the stuff that's pulled from deep within. I don't think I ever wanted to work that hard....to read it OR write it.

My Dad was THE Dad of all (of course, that's my opinion).

I could go on forever, talking about him...describing him and all the many hats he wore so well. That would be silly.

Suffice it to say, In my 64 years of life, I've not encountred a man who could even "fantasize" being the man he was. The pain and void of losing him, has not left me for one moment in the past 4 decades.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

No chance of me going poetry....but it could be worth some effort if directed towards certain pretty eyes....

That stuff is generally too personal for other folks to understand wtf someone is saying.

I'm often scared to comment on poetry - I think I'll say the wrong thing!

Your dad sounds fun!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Till....LMAO...Oh GF, You're too much! I stretched my comfort zone so much, I think I have a hernia! Everyone has been so kind and encouraging.......I ask you, is this not the most comfortable place we've ever lived, to meet great frends?

I don't know what's gotten into me.....besides the wench, that is. It's as though she has secretly written my "bucket list," and won't rest until I've done it all.

She better be smart enough not to suggest hot air balloons or hang-gliding because believe me THAT AIN'T HAPPENIN!!!!!!

Thank you, beautiful Mary!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

"Habit does not die of natural causes." That has to be the line of the year! GF you are superb!!! Not only is your hub up to your wonderful standars, yes, I'm being serious, but the poem was great. What wicked woman told you you were a poet? Admit it...the wench was right! Voted up, beautiful and interesting. You have now stretched your comfort zone!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I relate to your indifference to Poetry while in school...(I had many more important things to do, I'm sure...like pass notes to my friends)

Everyone seems to want to encourage me to write more poems. I suggest no one hold their breath......Thank so much for the visit. I truly appreciate it.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Lovely amusing hub! I too had no interest in poetry whilst at school, probably because it was forced on me. However, I like the idea that you can pack a lot into a few words, especially with things like Haiku. Great hub. Great poem. We'll wait for the next one! Voted up and funny.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Oh wow, you are much too kind! Thank you my beautiful lady. I hope to see many more poems from you in the future.:)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

tsmog.....I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and that it brought back fond memories to you! That makes me happy!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

I am enthralled with your prose leading toward a poem saying, yeah, dad! Gotcha' I can swim. Must be something they teach Marines in the olden days. Kinda' got thrown in myself. A little different was I went first then my sis. She a year older. Still can't figure out if she was to save me or I was to know how to save her :) Hot dogs and home made ice cream at Camp Creek, (really a lake in Texas) was tasty afterwards . . .thank you for an inspiring poem fpherj48 and the memory too . . .I feel poetic now as well . . .

Tim


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Ruchira,

I have to correct a misconception that causes great harm. After having taught swim lessons for over twenty five years, I can say unequivocally that every single student I had who was afraid of water was either thrown in or held under by someone who thought it would be good for them. No one should ever throw a child or adult who cannot swim into the water. No matter whether the person swims or has to be rescued, the harm it does lasts a lifetime.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ruchira....You are much too sweet! You have a wonderful way with words that lifts the spirit. This is a special gift.. for all that goodness is returned to you........

I don't think I can be called a Poet.....but maybe a brave girl to give it a try.

We all hate to expose ourselves to scrutiny! lol

Thank you, Ruchira, you are a lovely woman.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Paula,

amidst writing this beautiful hub and dedicating it to some great poets in our hub community, your tiny frame is graceful and intelligent and I am pretty sure just as your dad threw you in the pool and you learnt to swim faster...with the same atitude in mind, IF you throw yourself into poetry; it will not be Greek to you :)

Cheers for a bright future; Poet Paula :) (Applause!!!)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I'd like to write something very clever right now, SanneL.....however, just a few minutes ago, I read your flaming HOT, sensuous, erotic Poem.....and am just beginning to come out of my trance...You sure can write POEMS!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a pleasant surprise coming here seeing my name among those other outstanding poets you have mentioned. I am truly honored and moved. Just like you, I never gave poetry much thought, until one day when Epigramman - a wonderful and brilliant writer, encouraged and inspired me to give poetry a chance. Since that day I was hooked, and so will you, lol. As soon as you start writing poetry, it's difficult to quit. Well, your first poem was a success. You truly have it in you, a gift just ready to come out and be enjoyed by others, just have fun doing it. Well done! Thank you,

Sannel


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dex....I think Barack should write a LOVE POEM for Michele......and recite it to her over Eggs Benedict. What-a-you-think?


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Fpher! I hear you! I hear you! Nuff said! :-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much Dana!! My HS teachers were more interested in teaching RELIGION....(Anoter hub, another time)

You are 100% correct about waiting too long to do some things!! And my Dad was the WISEST!!

I don't want to give my little wench anymore attention than she already gets!!!!

Thank you so much...Peace!!


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Great hub! I can relate. My high school teachers were very harsh with my poetry grades. It killed my desire to ever write poems again. Well I showed them! This little hubpages world gave me the courage to try it again and I have started with one free verse and not a bad little group of Haiku (inspred by reading those of many other hubbers). Ha!

I love the "Jump in and learn as you go" theory! Your dad was a wise man. If we wait until we feel ready to do some things, I don't think we would ever do them!

Love your little wench too! Perhaps you should write a poem about her :)

Keep writing! Can't wait to read more!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Justateacher....Hi there! Thanks so much for coming by to read my hub and first attempt at Poetry. You are too nice. I'll have to check Frank out.

Congrats on learning how to swim....I never did! lol

Thanks for the referral. Peace!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vincent.....

Thank you for being so complimentary! I'm humbled. I will try this again one day, but only if I feel "inspired."....Wayne put the bug in my ear, as well. I'm sorry I never had the privilege to read Rawlus. I appreciate your comment so much.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Victoria...Oh, how sweet you are! Thanks so much for the lift and the encouragement! I really don't think Poetry is my "thing," but I had fun with all of this.

Who knows....the mood may strike me again.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

fpher - what a great start! All of our dads must've got together on how to teach kids to swim. My dad and my uncle thought it was a great idea to play toss the child in the middle of Lake Mead! I learned really quick how to swim!

One of my favorite poets here on HubPages (besides the ones you already mentioned) is Frank Atanacio -he writes a lot of poetry about crime...very awesome writer!


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Well my sweet lady you are truly worthy of being called a poet. You see poetry is simple, it comes from within, it comes from life experiences, mother nature, people watching, sadness, sorrow, laughter, life, death. Poetry is all around us.

I didn't start writing poetry until I came to the Hubs just a little over two years ago and it was Wayne Brown and I who tested the waters after both being mesmerized by Rawlus who has left the Hubs, but never forgotten.

Keep writing, keep searching your heart and soul. Pick up your Quill and let it flow and believe me it will. Thank you for mentioning my name as one of the poets you read. Have fun and you as well as us will be the benefactors of your poetic gifts. Hugs


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

You are NOW a poet!!! I love your poem. What have you been hiding all these years? Now you must write more. And I am so, so honored and touched that you mentioned me along with those other really cool poets. I've heard of Wayne Brown but haven't read his work. I must check him out. Great hub. Love, love it. Love the poem, and I love that you like my poetry! Keep it up, girl! :-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

BILL.....yes !!! Perfect!! Thank you.

Attention readers:

My Poem now has a Title, compliments of the brain of billybuc!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I think "Lost in the Wilderness" is a perfect name. :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ExoticHippieQueen....So nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by. That's the best way for me to get to know hubbers I haven't met yet.

I'm not able to spend as much time as I would love to, gadding about on HubPages! lol. If I didn't have such a demanding schedule, I swear, I'd be on here day and night.

I thank you also, for your kind words of encouragement. Imagine, beginning a new journey at the ripe old age of #@....OH, look at that, my number keys are not working properly!! I'll be damned.


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

Bravo! Do it afraid! Isn't it wonderful to step outside of your comfort zone? How else do you know you're alive? Your first piece is awesome! I'm sure my first was not nearly that good.........I believe that you have the gift of poetry, and now you can begin the journey of self-discovery and growth through expressing yourself in poetry! Congratulations! (I see we have been on Hubpages for the same amount of time - 11 months).


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perry!! I did not know you are a Cat Burglar!! lol

Poetic Fool:

Your comment has made my day! I really appreciate reading this from a "real" poet. I don't know though....I may do this again some day.....it all depends on what the wench says.

Mr. Wayne Brown put a little bug in my ear a while back. Think I may have been susceptible to peer pressure? I surely never was as a teen. I just can't seem to stop myself from making up for lost time, I guess.

Thank you s much!!


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Fpher...no worries. My computer just dropped a vicious defense of breastfeeding from a perverted closet sex maniac. Dang, it was good, too. As to the poem, it's very easy when you're stealing someone else's metre. Meow


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Paula, I loved your hub and how you've been drawn to poetry. Until a year ago I, like you, had no interest in poetry whatsoever. She has since become my mistress and I can't imagine being without her. I am humbled and honored even being named among those other great hubbers you've listed. Thank you! I am also moved that you enjoy my poetry so much.

In all fairness, when it comes to passionate poems I must give credit to Sannel who you mentioned and who is one of the real masters of the genre. It was she that inspired and encouraged me to give that genre a shot.

Paula, your first poem is simply wonderful and clearly shows you have a poet's heart. You should be proud of it and I do hope we will be seeing many, many more poems from you in the future. Vote up, awesome and interesting!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

TO BOTH OF YOU!! Teaches & Sunshine.....Thanks so much...for reading my first and more than likely, last poem. I had to jump in and do it.....but I don't know about staying in the pool!! BTW...I never did learn how to swim either!! LOL


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congrats on your first hub poem!! Well done!! You are a poet and didn't even know it!!

I'm glad you added my favorite hub poet to your list. Poetic Fool's poems are the best of the best on HP! :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Now you have your feet wet and will just have to jump in the pool. Great attempt at your first poem! I have to admit that I am not a great poet and believe that it would take me quite awhile to come up with a small poem on any topic. But, you will have to post another one soon.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perry....Something very weird just happened. I wrote a thank you note to you and it disappeared! I fear these new-fangled contraptions we humans use, have their faults!

I should have known that a smart, funny guy like you would be a wonderful POET! Thank you for the poem. I'll treasure it forever.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

bill.....Oh, I don't think you need to fret, my friend....I am still lost in the wilderness with you....a little further east than you, but wilderness nonetheless!

You understood my poem? Wow. What shall I name it?


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Paula, Paula, Paula! Is nothing sacred with you? I felt so good knowing there was one other out there who refused to write poetry. Now you have left me in shambles, a lone voice in the wilderness and I am none too happy about the betrayal.

Add to that the insult of actually writing a very good poem, one I understood AND....get this...I read twice!

You are shameless and yet a friend. I do not know how to rectify this contradiction. Sigh!

Alone in the wilderness,

bill


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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

I have always admired the intricate workmanship and puzzle mastery of Poe, Frost's plain talk metaphors, Whitman's rebellion and Wilde's ascerbic wit. Still, when I write poetry (such that is) I generally stick with the easy stuff, the silly or take something from someone else and replace the words:

Whose woods these are I know, I think

The guy who fixed my kitchen sink

He will not mind me hunting here

And turning all his white snow pink

My old coon hounds they bark and whine

Because I'm taking so much time

To load my rifle, vest and boots

And tie my trip lines up with twine.

(This has Frost rolling in his grave, I know)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

arb.....What a nice thing for you to say!. I'm speechless. Thank you so much. I so appreciate your input!

We've never met...it's nice to meet you and I see you are a POET....so guess where I'll be going?


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Susan.....Thank you so much. You're very kind. I don'tknow about those Dads of ours!! But, you know, they really had a good handle on child rearing....because whatever they did, came from love.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

The poem is, free of rule or limitation

it is and always is, written in reflection.

From what you write you have succeeded. You are now a poet. From what you have yet to write, you are priceless. Look forward to your next!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great intro to your poem. I really like the poem. Great job!

My dad was a machinist, and he threw me into the pool when I said to him "Daddy will you teach me how to swim" Sure learn fast that way :)

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