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A Compilation of Short Poems

Updated on April 24, 2016
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Why I Write

© 2016 Missy Smith

Poetry has to be God’s gift to some of us. The ones who love to write and truly embrace the expression of thought and emotions, it’s just a blessing to have an outlet like poetry.

I haven’t been writing poetry for a long time. I’ve dabbled with it through the years, but my concentration was guided through thoughts of; if I didn’t make it with some kind of story and a book, or find my way writing articles in a journalistic way, then I was a failure to the thing I loved to do, which is write. However, the more I tried to submit my children’s stories, and the longer I tried to freelance for different clients, the more my love for writing was becoming distant. I hated that, because I knew that to write is what I wanted to do.

When you are a shy person, expressing yourself, and finding ways to join a conversation becomes painstakingly hard to do. You start viewing yourself as such a loser. You alienate yourself from social lifestyle. Writing becomes a very important outlet for shy people like myself. It becomes your very voice, your way to express your intelligence without having to prove that you are entitled to be looked at in a human way also. Even so, like everybody else and how we all have to look ahead in life, is that we must find our own way, our own identity through our own individual talents. I know I’m not excellent at grammar or punctuation, but I am great with detail. So, I tend to feed off my talent in this area.

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The Struggles I've Had

What I really dislike in the writing world is the ones who consistently think if you are not perfect with all areas of this craft, then you are bad and cannot be addressed as a true writer. Well, I don’t feel like that at all. Especially in writing, I believe everyone can be excellent. Yes, it may take some time, but if it is something that drives you through an inner passion, then you will make it if you don’t give up or read too much into people’s perceptions of perfection.

Like I said, I haven’t been writing poetry long. I was getting lost trying to grow in the freelance world, and before that I had taken a break on submitting my children’s stories. Not because I was getting bad feedback from clients; I never did. My work was always accepted and sometimes with some great compliments from the clients. Nevertheless, in the freelance world, you work not for the client as much as the text broker site you signed up with. They are the ones which determine if you rise in the freelance world in order to make a good living. Needless to say, I wasn’t growing; they would never give me a good enough review to move me up the ladder of success in this field. I would mostly get that I was adding too many commas, so then I would try to cut down on that. Subsequently, I would later get that there was not enough comma usage. Can you see why I feel it’s a bunch of horse crap trying to be a perfectionist in writing?

My experiences with my children’s stories were a little different. I always got rejection letters, but they were much more positive than trying to create a place in the freelance world. The magazines I submitted to would give me great kudos on my stories, but it would always be a story they didn’t need at that time. I also believe they went with writers who were commonly used in their publications. So, what do you do?


How I Ended Up On Hubpages

When I first came here to Hubpages, I had already been signed up for a year, but I had mixed emotions about starting. I really didn’t know what niche I wanted to pursue. I was worried about boxing myself into a certain genre, because I do like variety. So, I sat a minute wanting to write something here. I wanted to keep trying to find a place I fit, and I was hoping this would be it. Even if I didn’t make money with the process, I was looking for comradery in the writing world instead of negative influence. I needed to rebirth my vision of my passion for writing.

It took me a while, but I took a chance and entered a poetry contest on another site, in which I did not win, but I was one of 300 semi-finalists that would be presented in a compilation of poetry in a yearly book they put out and sale at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Actually, I recently got word the book should be on shelves very soon. They are in the final publication processes now. I can’t wait to buy it. You know, just for some recognition in the poetry world.


After this news, I decided I was ready to write here. I thought why not poetry? So, I published here the poem that will be featured in the book, and I also got busy writing a few more. I’m laughing right now, because today I went back to one of those first poems I wrote here. I needed to update it since I got a notification it was unfeatured for traffic. (laughing) However, when I read it back; I was so mortified at how dreadful it seemed to me. And then, it wasn’t terrible. Let me explain; it’s the beauty of poetry!! It’s a lovely process of deep emotion and thought. It doesn’t exactly have to be PERFECT. I did make a few little adjustments, but for the most part, I kept it the same. I loved my rough edges.

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Finally Finding My Focus Again

I have found a fresh focus, a new place and way to write that I think fits me perfectly. I don’t know if I will ever be noticed for my own style like; Edgar Allan Poe, or Walt Whitman, but the beauty of the process is enough to keep me happy I think. And I thank all who take the time to read my inner visions.

Today, I thought I would post a compiled list of very short poems I wrote out of nothing but sheer thoughts in a single day. I hope you like them. :)

A Compilation of Poetry in Short Form

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Secret Scheme

It’s a familiar dream,

a common scheme, to

leave this place without a

Trace.


I will take with me my own

faults, and bury them deep

in a desert sand vault.


Sad Zombie

Like a zombie on earth, I am

tortured. For to live already

dead is my sorrowful

misfortune.


I’m as pale as paper upon

my face, it’s funny how pain

wastes you away.


The Finale

The years are starting to rest

on my face. There’s no way to

stop them, I must embrace.


These are the thoughts I had

today. These are my feelings I

needed to convey.

The Hermit

Have I actually stopped

caring? Observing others'

walking past, I don’t seem

to feel a thing.


I can’t connect with people

anymore, so I hang my head

down, and they become

shadows on the floor.


Freedom Flight

As I watch the blackbird fly

swiftly in the gray sky; I

realize he is my spirit guide.


Stepping out into the wind,

just blow me to the breeze.

Turn my arms into wings, so

I can fly far away and free.


Soul Searching

If you could peel off my

outer skin, my soul you

would then see struggling

within.


This world absorbs my

strength in hordes. It’s

crowded with cruel

insensitive lords.

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    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting hub narrating the struggles and confusions faced by writers during their startup endeavours. I appreciate your stamina and skills, Missy, in achieving your goals. The poems are wonderful and meaningful. Compiling them within one day is a great job. Wish you success always in your endeavours.

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      manatita44 17 months ago from london

      Both videos were very soothing; enchanting ...John Baptiste was engaging ......

      Your preamble as usual was interesting, open, thoughtful. The poems were succinct; to the point, exquisite ...

      My perception is that you're in a much better space than, lets say, five, six months ago. Is it my business? In a profound way, yes! Your Essence is my Essence; your happiness is my happiness....Excellent Poetry! I bid you a very pleasant Sunday. Vayas con Dios, my amiga. La Paz.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      That was a great comment, Venkat. Thank you so much!

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Yes, Manatita, Jon Batiste is very engaging. I think I loved watching his expression while playing his piano more than I liked the words. Although, those were beautiful as well, and he did a lovely job paying tribute to the Beatles.

      I try to keep my thoughts straight to the point, that is true. As far as it being your business, of course it's everyone's business that I care to share my thoughts with. I love the words of wisdom from others. God be with you, Manatita! :) Thanks for your kindness always!

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It was nice to read about some of your "struggles" as you became a writer...and the short poetry was lovely; certainly lovelier than anything I could whip up. :) Thank goodness I can still claim to be a writer despite a complete inability to write poetry. :)

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      manatita44 17 months ago from london

      Our thoughts were similar. He seems gifted with his fingers and feelings, but his voice does not come over too great. I think he knows that, and makes up for this in sweetness. Also, I think he had a very appreciative audience.

      I'm a creature of habit. His name's spelling deviates from the norm. Sorry I got it wrong.

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      Shaloo Walia 17 months ago

      Beautiful poems. I especially loved 'Freedom Flight.' How wonderful it would be if we could be light and free as the bird in the poem!

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      Diana L Pierce 17 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Likewise we can relate to the struggles of exposing our talent to the world. Your words are chosen carefully and that alone makes for interesting reading. Good hub.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Oh now, billybuc, I have no doubt that you couldn't whip up a mighty fine poem. As for being a writer, there is no doubt you are the true definition of that. I think I'm still trying to figure out if I can claim the title. I love hearing your comments. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Yes, his name is not spelled in the common way, J-O-H-N, but I have seen a few of the same name spelled his way; usually in the showbiz arena. I think his performance was more about the beauty of his music for sure, and it was a lovely tune. Take care, Manatita.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      I liked that one the best also, Swalia. Yes, it would be lovely to take flight. Thank you!

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Hello Diana, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment here. I'm so glad you thought this hub was interesting. Please come back and leave me your great feedback anytime. :)

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      John Hansen 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy it was great to hear of your journey and struggles as a writer, believe me I can relate to most of them. You have found your place and a welcome home here at Hub Pages, and I hope the site continues on well into the future because I will be lost without it. Loved your short poetry..all relevant to your feelings at the time. I also love the photos of the old typewriters. Thank you for sharing.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      I'm glad you liked this hub in a whole, John. I've been trying to write as much as I can, but in doing that, I now feel like I'm writing gibberish sometimes. So, I am working on another poem and prose now, but after I publish that one, I think I need at least a week away from my thoughts.

      I love old typewriters and Victorian things; I'm vintage that way. That's where the inspiration came from in deciding the pictures here on this hub. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton

      Missy.. thanks for the great little collection of your poetry..

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Frank. :)

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      Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      "Don't give up or take to heart others perception" that part- great advice.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 17 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Just loved this hub and your poetry is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Dana, and thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      I'm so glad you liked the little short poems, Gypsy. Thank You!

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      Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I like how you can put complete thoughts down in just a few words. Some people like to embellish instead, but with me, simplicity is the most beautiful word.

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      Oh yes, Aviannovice, I do like simplicity. I like to add not too much, but not too little, stir the pot and simmer my thoughts to make it just right. I always appreciate your kind words. :)

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