To Be Or Not To Be - A Poet.

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The strange thing you may notice about this hub is that it is to honour April as Poetry Month, and is in fact an essay, and not a poem.

Those of you who know me would realise that I mainly consider myself a poet, who occasionally branches out into other forms of writing. Well, I did in fact try to write this as a poem but just couldn't make it work, so here it is, some prose for Poetry Month, and to honour all the poets and aspiring poets out there.

Even a three line haiku can convey an entire story

Random text from the book "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr Seuss.

"I do not like green eggs and ham.

I do not like them, Sam-I-Am."

"I would not like them here or there.

I would not like them anywhere!"

"I do so like green eggs and ham.

Thank you. Thank you, Sam-I-Am."

  • The text of this book consists of just fifty different words and was the result of a bet between Seuss and his publisher that Seuss could not complete an entire book using so few words. (His previous book 'The Cat In The Hat' used 225 words)

To Be Or Not To Be - A Poet.

by John Hansen (C) 2014


Many people often say to me, "I'm not really into poetry." This makes me wonder how much poetry they have even read. After all there are so many different forms and styles of poetry, that surely there is at least one to appeal to each person.

To appreciate poetry perhaps you need to be brought up as a child listening to your parents read you Dr Suess and other rhyming children's book. I know I was. It gave me an appreciation of rhyme and made story telling much more enjoyable. Even as an adult, I preferred to read rhyming stories to my children. Now, I admit that not all poetry rhymes, in fact a great deal does not, but it is the original basis for the distinction between poetry and prose.

I sometimes feel that poets aren't considered as 'real' writers in the wider community. Our work often seems to be given less importance or relevance. "it's not commercial enough or there's no money to be made from poetry," are words I often hear. Even here on Hub Pages with the Hub of the Day, Editor's Choice, and Hub Pot Challenge, poetry hubs just don't seem to be given consideration. If anyone knows of a poetry hub being awarded one of these honours, please let me know, I'd be happy to be proved wrong.

Whether it's traditional rhyme, free form, haiku, sonnets, acrostic, dramatic, nonsense or even limericks, poetry is like a song without music. A good poet can say more in a few verses than many an author can in a whole chapter of prose, or sometimes even an entire book. Even a three line haiku can convey an entire story If written skilfully.

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So many writers, now, write not from the heart, but from the wallet.

Please watch this Inspirational video by my friend Greg Amour.

Poetry invites you to read between the lines, to look for the unwritten. It encourages the imagination and can take you to different places and times. Poetry can make you sing, or make you cry. It can make you laugh, or frustrate you and challenge you to find it's meaning.

So many writers, now, write not from the heart, but from the wallet. The Internet has made it easier for anyone to write and have their work read by thousands. Most see this as a way of also making money, and good luck to those who work hard enough to make a living at it. But much of this writing is dictated from demand and not by the love of the art of writing.

Most poets are different. To us, words are an art. We write where our heart leads us, or simply to express our feelings, to vent our frustrations with the world, or express our love. Poems are often not even written with an audience in mind, but a way to express our inner thoughts and dream, or to challenge our own writing ability.

A poet is a painter of words

A poet is a painter of words, a Van Gogh or Picasso with a pen and ink instead of brush and paint. I urge you, next time you see a poem or poetry hub, stop and take the time to read. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you have been missing.

Deep down, I think there is a poet in all of us.


Don't keep it caged,

Set it free.

Let your words fly

For all to see.

Do you think poetry is a relevant form of writing?

  • Yes, definitely.
  • No, it's too difficult to understand.
  • I can take it or leave it.
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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

You expressed soo well the feelings of many who write poetry. I've seen comments like, " That's awful, i don't call that poetry. " To me poetry is your inner being, usually from the heart, not always. I like to tell stories in rhyme. I call it playing with words..Happy to call you my poet friend....


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ruby, My poet friend, the good part about sites like hub pages you can find and interact with like-minded people or others who appreciate poetry.

I like to tell stories as well, and inspire and try to right wrongs.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

How right you are! Poetry makes our imagination work hard. It challenges us to find words which best fit what we need.

I was brought up on 'Winnie the Pooh' along with 'When we were Young' and 'Now we are Six' and I love the poetry as much as the prose.

It also means we can say anything we like in a much shorter time!

I think the hubpages thing is because we're encouraged to have so many words, to add lots of photos and so on. If we write the background and reasons for the poetry or maybe a little about the particular style we're using, then they might be more sympathetic to awarding poetry. Play them at their own game and we'll win!

You have a strong following so there are plenty of people here who love poetry. This makes me think there must be many more outside in the big bad world who do too.

A hub to celebrate poetry is a great contribution to the challenge. Well done! Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your interesting and insightful comment Ann. Together we poets can make a stand. You are right about HP wanting more words in a hub than a poem can accommodate and so many photos. I usually add additional commentary, photos and videos to my poetry hubs now to bring them up to HP standard, but I feel if they are classified under "Poetry" they still don't get considered for any awards. Maybe if enough of us protest loud and long enough they may take notice.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Yes, I've noticed you add lots to your poetry too. I guess, as you say, the classification is the key. Maybe it's the hits on google - perhaps we can 'tweek' the titles to fit searches!

We should definitely protest loud and long! Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Ann, I have thought of making my titles sound more like "How To"hubs so they will get more Google hits. Maybe as long as there is some content to that effect it isn't false advertising...lol.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this hub. You have written this essay with love and care. I feel that I have found a friend in the good fight. To some they just have never had anyone give them a definition to poetry. They just don't know. I can ramble on forever but I haven't had my morning coffee yet, thank again Jodah you have made my morning with your hub. Jamie


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and supporting the cause Jamie. It sounds like I am planning a revolution doesn't it...lol? I just get a little frustrated at the effort poets put into their work for little appreciation apart from our regular followers and fellow poets. Glad I made your morning, enjoy your coffee. I wrote this as an essay so it may be seen by others who don't look at the topic of poetry. I wrote a poem recently titled "coffee in the morning" and listed it under "food and drink, beverages, coffee" instead of poetry, and it has had very few views...so maybe that wasn't a good move.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love poetry...I just can't write it. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Bill, I appreciate that everyone can't write poetry. You are an example that you can still love and appreciate poetry even though you aren't a poet.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I use to think I couldn't write poetry but it has had its grips on me a few years now. Sometimes we just never know. Very interesting coverage. ^+


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

So a man walks into a bookstore and tells the owner that he is a poet. The owner just says "prove it" the "author" pulls out a book with hundreds of poems. The owner laughs and says "poetry is not on paper but in our hearts". Life is the treasure and poetry that adorns life is very worthy.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I think poets are clever, simple as that. We can all write, well people on here and book authors can of course, but to be a poet is something special, so for those as you said that look down on it, well they just don't get it do they? lol! I have written a few on here, but because they have been stolen on other sites, and now have sunk a great big deep hole, I haven't bothered since, but now maybe.....lol!


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

It is very true Jodah.

I write poetry, fiction and factual writing on Hubpages and the difference in the scores of the poetry and factual writing is huge. The fictional stories also have a much higher score than the short poems as well. Due to the poetry's limited word count and lack of polls and quizzes it is definitely classed as the poor relation. Also as you pointed out it is not something that is likely to be searched for as our titles are specific and there isn't really any subheadings.

Good to see you sticking up for poetry. I personally find it the hardest thing to write and it takes me longer to edit it, than anything else.

As a genre it deserves much more respect.

Anna. :)


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

So true John. Poets and poetry--both amazing!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Jackie. You are quite a good poet, the more you write, the more it gets you addicted.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good one Eric. I like that, thanks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind support Nell. I haven't noticed any of my poetry stolen, they seem to be more interested in medical and travel hubs at the moment. You're right most just don't get what it is to be a poet. Give it another go, I'll read your poems and I'm sure many others will.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I appreciate your support Ann. You are right about the title and subheadings, polls and quizzes. I have been updating some of my earlier poetry hubs adding videos and extra info if the topic supports it, even changing titles slightly to make them more search friendly, but it seems to make little difference. I just hope if enough people voice there opinions that HP may take some notice.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

It's great to have support of fellow poets. We just have to keep on keeping on.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a beautiful tribute to poetry, Jodah, and is especially appropriate during National Poetry Month. Thank you very much for writing this hub.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Thank so much for writing this, and what a perfect time to do such! Poetry is writing at its best to me and I admire all those wonderful persons like you, who share their love for poetry. It is sad that poetry is not seen as "writing" when of course we know it is writing at its best. What you stated about certain sites and HP not recognizing poetry is not right, but for them, maybe they do know poetry is writing at its best, but the bottom line is making money via the Internet.

What you stated is so true, that true poets can say more with less words! One of my favorite poets is e. e. cummings and one of his poems:

"you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars" That's it! It's great!

My mother would recite poetry and I did not realize until I was grown a bit in school reading poetry and that she was reciting most famous poets' poetry to us all throughout our childhood. And she would say with such emphasis or set the mood as I would imagine the poet would have wanted the reader to read it out loud, and I remember it would just grab our attention! One that just sticks in my mind until this day and whenever I am driving through fog, it just pops into my mind. She recited Carl Sandburg's poem about fog: "The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on." Cool!

We read Dr. Seuss too.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your support Alicia. I have wanted to write something like this for some time. National Poetry Month was a good opportunity to actually do it.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for such a great comment Faith. Fancy finding out after the fact that your mother was reciting famous poetry to you as a child. I love the line by Carl Sandburg about fog, and also the poem by e.e. Cummings. They illustrate my point perfectly.

I can understand sites like it's needing to make money as the bottom line, but there are so many other writers that they can make dollars from so I can't understand why they can't just accommodate a few poets and give us our rightful chance at receiving awards and accolades as well. That doesn't effect their income, and it doesn't matter how high they set the standards regarding word count, photos, quizzes and polls. Poets will continue to write poetry. Thanks for the vote up, share and pin.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I know, we just thought our mother was brilliant, and she was indeed! It is very disheartening. I am trying to recall if I've ever seen a poet with a 100 score here? I am with you, regardless if they are not making money off the poetry, but I am sure they are, they should allow poetry and accolades in all areas of awards and such. However, they do have the Poet of the Year as a Hubbie Award, so that is great!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes the 'Poet of the Year' is an exception. I am pleased about that, I only became active on Hub Pages just before the last one that dear Nellianna won. Maybe if we aren't included in the running for Hub of the Day etc, they could have 'Poet of the Month'. That would at least give us some incentive. I have got my hub score up to 92 twice after writing article hubs, but as soon as I write a couple of poetry hubs it drops down to 87 or 88 where it usually hovers.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Yes, I just love Nellieanna. Oh, you are in the running dear one, no doubt! That is an awesome idea and maybe you should make that suggestion in a forum or wherever appropriate! Back before they changed up everything, Jackie and I were always up near 97 or at least 95 for the most part but now ... I know, after entering the poetry contest, I dropped two points from 91 back into the 80s! Then had to make up for it by publishing a recipe hub to get back into the 90s. So .... I just went back and deleted a bunch of hubs that were poetry that started out so high back before HP changed its format, then they slowly went down, although still featured, but I thought well, I might as well just delete them, but now, I wished I had kept them, as they were some of my favorite hubs. I could republish and change the title and have them as "A poem and more" ? But, we should not have to try to add to a poem, as it should stand on its on, without having to add a bunch of other prose to make it an "evergreen" hub with at least 700 words, a poll, a quiz, a map and at least three legal images. Whew!


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

What a wonderful idea of what poetry is all about ! It is like salt in a meal, sugar in a cup of tea, glance of a bewitching eye, charm of a damsel, a gate of bliss, a smile of beloved, an act of daredevil, a riddle of life, a song of eternity, an effort to drink immortality, an extract of ambrosia and so on....To venture into the world of poetry is a great joy and it is also capable of opening eyes of insight. In fact, poetry is life of life ! So, it is always refreshing to wander in the territories of poetry land. John, you have created a beautiful hub about poetry. I loved reading it and enjoyed myself with all my heart. I am sure it will ignite the minds of many budding artists ! Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for such a wonderful comment Harishprasad. You added to the value of your hub with those other examples of what poetry can be compared to. I hope others read this hub and are encouraged to try their hand at writing poetry. It is a beautiful art.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

An amazingly thought of poem. I got interested in reading poetry for a while now and yo have shared many beautiful pieces. Your work of art surprises me all the time great one! Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are so kind DDE, it is people like you who inspire us to keep writing here on hub pages. Your comments are always greatly appreciated. Thanks for the vote up.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Some of the writers who have inspired me the most were poets -- Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, William Wordsworth. You defend the art well.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Flourish, those people are fine examples of beautiful poetry. I appreciate your reading and kind comment.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Jodah, your article is most fitting for poetry month. Please be encouraged! I love a good poem, and you are one of the few (my opinion) good poets on HP. I appreciate your sentiments.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDora, I appreciate your continued support and kind words. I know my fellow poets can relate to this, but it's encouraging when writers of other genres offer their support as well.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I agree that poets are sometimes not taken seriously and that people who don't like poetry haven't read many good ones! I also agree that poets pay far more attention to the words they are putting down to compact the meaning. Voted useful!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

“A good poet can say more in a few verses than many an author can in a whole chapter of prose, or sometimes even an entire book. Even a three line haiku can convey an entire story If written skillfully.” Very true. I have read that certain hubbers look down with disdain on poetry, and that, given their reasoning, the length or number of words cannot possibly match the work, effort or substance put into other hubs. Obviously, they don’t write poetry. Some of my best poems have been voted down through the hub hopper. Perhaps this is“poetry blindness”; perhaps this stems from “writing from the wallet” rather than writing from the heart. In either case, I stopped writing poetry on Hubpages for a while.

Excellent article, John. :-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Genna. I agree that writing poetry hubs causes our score to drop. Even this one that isn't a poetry hub hasn't helped my score to rise though. I read a forum post from three years ago where commenters were saying that they voted poetry hubs down when they were hub hopping. AN hp moderator came into the forum and said poetry was judged differently from other hubs and should not be held to a specific word count and felt that it was wrong to flag poetry or vote down because of that. It does however show that other hubbers have been doing just that. A couple of poets left HP due to that forum.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

you are so right Jodah: I noticed also that poetry doesn't seem to be getting the notice that it deserves. Because poetry is art from the heart and it's written from the artist's point of view. Some people can't relate. I appreciate this article so much and hopefully you have encouraged some people to stop by and read some of our hubs because they may be surprised at what the find. Meanwhile we poets can encourage each other.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Dana, it is the other poets on here that inspire me so much. Even the support of other hubbers who aren't poets but appreciate what we do like Billybuc. You are right our writing is from the heart and a true art. I do hope this hub and the forum I started make a difference. Moms-Secret also wrote a wonderful hub on the same subject which you may like to check out. There is a link on this hub. Thank you for reading this.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

poetry defines.. and builds character you can tell a creative mind when you read someone's poetry you are very creative


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Frank, being someone who is equally proficient in both poetry and fiction story writing your opinion holds a lot of weight.


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

I agree. Poetry is abstract thinking of common sense, life events, and feelings. Poetry offers opportunity to explain what cannot be defined. It is introspective of 'now' even when reflective of the past. Feelings it seems is the spirit of poem in my humble view. Three many times . . . the author's, the subject at times even if a flower, and those of the audience.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that insightful comment tsmog. You are right, the spirit of a poem is the poet's feelings, and he/she hopes to tap in to the feelings of the reader as well.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Jodah,

This is such an amazing piece of art with such an important message.

Recently, I took one of those crazy FB quizzes that is supposed to tell you what you would have been in a previous life. The result of the quiz = Poet. Big Smile!

I sit here at my desk, and on my wall is my 2014 National Poetry Month poster: "Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you." -Walt Whitman...

To this day I celebrate Dr. Seuss Day--one way or the other : )

Thank You!

Kim


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Kim, I'm glad this hub resonated with you. Thank you for your kind words. It isn't National Poetry Month here in Australia but because of Hub Pages I can join in the celebration with my wonderful poet friends in the USA. That poster would be an inspiration to you. Walt Whitman was a great poet, and who can ever forget Dr Seuss. Have a great day.


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epigramman 2 years ago

Good afternoon Sir Jodah and thank you so much, sincerely , for gracing my page the other day as it really meant a lot to me to meet someone new in this world of ours.

I am not a big fan of poetry at all, lol lol, of course I am forever a rebel and a maverick and a lot of poe-tree makes me want to go to the bathroom (and not in a good way).

That said, I guess I am trying to subvert the poetry genre or take it into new directions. I would say to any budding/novice writer/poet is to just ignore classic poetry traditions and just do your own thing and be your own man/woman. Create your own style and niche like the epi-man, lol lol, I dare say that anyone writes quite like me. Of course then again I don't follow the crowd or the literary sheep I just do my own thing.

I love your heart though and your intelligence and the way you can communicate the written word so well. That not only shows a lot about the writer but also the 'man' inside. So nice to meet you my friend .....12:34pm Canada time Wednesday with coffee and zither music


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida

Jodah, you are right. We are on the same page with our messages and thoughts on poetry. One thing in particular hit home... not one thing I have written was done with the intention of actually being read. There is no editing or tweaking. I usually find things I have to correct after I have published. That people relate to it or enjoy it was always a huge surprise to me. It's almost like I forget that people read it at all.

Thank you for linking to mine. That is quite an honor. I shall repay the favor.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

What a view Jodah. I now see poetry in a different light, thanks. I may come back here again. It gets my vote up.

Kevin


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good night by now where you are Epigramman. I thank you for taking the time to read this hub and appreciate your kind comment. As you say, it is great to meet someone new here in this world of Hub Pages. I hope you enjoyed your coffee accompanied by zither music....sounds good. I am partial to a nice hot cuppa myself, especially while writing, however I am lacking in my collection of zither music...lol. All the best, from Australia.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Kevin, it means a lot to hear a comment like that from someone who classes themselves as a non-poet. I really need these views and explanation to be read by those who don't appreciate poetry. I appreciate the vote up too.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

John, I love this! Your prose itself is poetic and captures so much of what poetry is. Thank you. This is a treasure!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Nellieanna, your reading and approval of this is very important to me. I am so glad you enjoyed this.


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epigramman 2 years ago

By the way I listen to topless zither music.


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Dania Razzak 2 years ago from Dhaka

We speak as prose, we think as poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That is exactly how I think Dania. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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lafleurdeplume 24 months ago from Chicago-land

I am learning to appreciate poetry more, but I think it is an intimidating genre to break in to... I look forward to reading some of your work and invite you to check out Friday Phrases on Twitter (assuming you also dabble in social media) since a group of us often write micropoetry every week...


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Sarah, thanks for reading this and your invite to Friday Phrases. I am on Twitter but am quite new to it so still learning the ropes. I love micro poetry and have written about 14 micro poems here on HP I think..hope you'll check them out as will Friday Phrases.


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lafleurdeplume 24 months ago from Chicago-land

Excellent! Given it is already Friday where you are, feel free to connect with me on Twitter (@lafleurdeplume) and be sure to use #FP when tweeting your micropoetry... there is also a weekly (optional) theme, so have fun with it!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ok I'll try to do that now. Thanks.


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Best of Aying 21 months ago from Philippines

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Jodah. Happy Holidays


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

No problem Aying, thank you for reading and commenting. Have a great festive season.


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ezzly 20 months ago

Simply beautiful !


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you ezzly, I appreciate you taking the time to read this and for your kind comment.


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Aneegma 20 months ago

Hey John

I'm back after a short break from writing. As usual your hubs are always the first I check out and this was yet another wonderful masterpiece. I must steal some of that talent of yours! Good stuff, keep it coming x


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It's always great to see you return Aneegma, and you are missed when you are away. It's a real compliment to hear my hubs are the first you check out. I hope to read something new from you soon.


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carrie Lee Night 19 months ago from Northeast United States

Thank you for paying a tribute to the unsung hero of writing :) Sorry I have been off the grid so long


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Carrie. Good to see you back at HP. I hope you have been busy writing a novel or book of short stories. You are a talented writer.


M L Morgan 13 months ago

Almost all poetry haters come around on the end; whether it's for their weddings, Valentine's Day, birthday messages, hidden within music, on the stage or finally, at a funeral. Maybe they just haven't managed to discover their favourite style yet, or in fact didn't realise they were reading poetry.

Thank you for discussing this and for fighting for poetry with your heart.

Love live poetry! :)


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi M L Morgan, thank you for supporting the poets among us and around the world. You are right they all come around in the end because little do they know poetry is within so many things in life many of which you mentioned...even jingles in advertising the product they buy. "Yes, long live poetry!"


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whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

Our lives are much like poetry. Although everything does not rhyme...we keep adding new words to our vocabulary. Nice message here my friend. whonu


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AudreyHowitt 12 months ago from California

Good prose for me also reads in the same way--with feeling and images between the lines--I think poets are the conscience of a society really--so good to read your work John--


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you whonu my friend. Sometimes we poets need to write in prose to get our message across to those who don't bother to read poetry.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Audrey, that is so true. One can read the poetry between the lines of good prose as wel. Many authors and writers are poets without realizing it. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.


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EsJam 11 months ago from Southern California

Marvelous, just marvelous, and I am a biiig fan of your writing, no matter what it is.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for such a generous comment Essie. I am a big fan of yours too.

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