What Lives...

words from Afrikaan Poetry  flickr.com
words from Afrikaan Poetry flickr.com
Portrait of a young Dylan Thomas by Augustus  John from RasMarley  flickr.com
Portrait of a young Dylan Thomas by Augustus John from RasMarley flickr.com
Portrait of Walt Whitman by Thomas Eakins from RasMarley  flickr.com
Portrait of Walt Whitman by Thomas Eakins from RasMarley flickr.com
Edgar Allan Poe from Jorge Alberto  Flickr.com
Edgar Allan Poe from Jorge Alberto Flickr.com

What Lives...

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


What lives in the poets mind,

finds flight within the heart,

and through the pen transforms,

into the eloquence of a loving gift.


Words honed to meet the needs of connection,

are birthed into the ether,

in search of open hearts and minds,

thirsty for the beauty of human dreams.


When found, words explode into possibility,

imbuing the reader with intent,

and the gift of thought in infancy,

the miracle of minds capable of love.


For it is love alone that stirs a soul,

in recognition of the writer's heart,

and the words so profoundly placed,

to ignite the passions of connection and sharing.


Poetry is not simply an art form,

it is the purveyor of love through appreciation,

delivering the reader to realms unknown,

to explore the heart of self-knowledge and understanding.


Poetry is the tender words of love,

the explicit voice of truth,

and the enthralling questions of the unknown,

wrapped in the pristine endowment of possibility.



Poetry is the love of my life, the mutterings of my soul and the teacher of my truth.

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Well said Wayne, and thank you for your kindness. You are more a poet than you think you are my friend. Have a great day.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

You use words and stanzas the way a painter applies layers on a canvas. Beautiful tribute to the artistry of muse.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Why thank you for your kind words Rose, and the pleasure is all mine. Have a great day.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Beautifully said Mabel, and so glad you connected to my expression. Thanks you for your heart felt comment and for allowing me into your poets mind.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

You are truly a talented poet and this was a brilliant poem! Thank you for sharing your words. (Voted Up) -Rose


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mabelhenry 3 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

"Poetry is the love of my life, the mutterings of my soul and the teacher of my truth" eloquently spoken and my soul bears witness with these words as if they were from my own heart. Poetry is my love too, the awakenings within my soul and resounding of that expression to others. A poet is as one who does not speak with verbal words, but profoundly can find words deep within them of which only a writing implement can translate and interpret and escorts into manifestation onto paper or now a days computers, then releases and imparts them into the world of the readers, a heart which perceives and values those words and are inspired and changed by their directives. Poetry is my heart describing what my mouth could not speak, but through a poem. Wonderful tribute to what is in the poets mind.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Much appreciated Cyndi; so glad you enjoyed my work. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Wonderful expression of what keeps us alive and connected - words. I enjoyed reading your feelings of the connections they create for us and the urgency to release the flow of words as best one can.

Beautiful poetry.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Martin; my Dad was a mason many years ago. I'd guess poetry is a blessing as it becomes a legacy, outlasting our short lives.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Again, great poem. I was an orator for the masons,before my illness turned me to poetry.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

I am indeed Betty. Glad you enjoyed my words. Enjoy your weekend also.


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Bettyoverstreet10 3 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

Beautifully written. Hope you are having a great weekend.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

You are more than kind Vincent, and I really appreciated your gracious comment, especially coming from an accomplished artist as yourself. Have a great day my friend.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

This masterful piece of art, expressed in words, offer the colors of a poets heart. They bring forth meanings, beauty, darkness, pasts, futures and seers of the future of mankind. They are voices crying in the wilderness and deep crevices of their minds.

The poet is what you are sir, and I appreciate your art that you share with us from your keyboard. Tap, tap into the day and night, let your soul pour forth, your anxious readers await your next work.

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