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A Poet At Work

Updated on September 15, 2015
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.


While reading the works of other poets and noting that some had very few comments or none at all, I found myself pondering on the courage it takes for the Poet to publish their work. When the energy of pure thought is put down on paper and thrust out into the world for others to ignore, criticize, or ridicule is quite a barrier to overcome. For many that step is never taken and the world misses out on those unfinished works of the mind. For others, they take the step casting aside the fears and sharing their work. I say to ye all, "thank you."

A Journey of Words

When the idea calls, we write

Sometimes without direction

Words meander on the page

Thoughts collide

Breakneck speed then stop

Beauty emerges from the wreckage

Light from the darkness

We search endlessly

For sense in our rhymes

Rhythm in our sentences

Carefully chosen terms

Teeming with feeling

Bursting with the moment

And then we critique

We edit then cut our creations

Uncertainty looming

What is it that troubles us

Understanding as we are

Travelers of the mindscape

Bold and fearless

Yet the kryptonite we know

Lies in wait, somewhere out there

Gnawing at our souls

We hold fast

Certain for a fleeting second

Praying for interpretations

Perhaps a comment

We fear the reader

Yet, we publish


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    Ralph Schwartz 22 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I appreciate your thoughts - this has been one of my favorite pieces as it speaks for all of us in some way.

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    Caroline Marie 22 months ago

    Really great work. You are so right on writing poetry because the poet is exposing their heart and soul to the world in vulnerability. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I'm flattered and humbled by such kind and wise words...thank you

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    QudsiaP1 2 years ago

    You have captured the emotions of a poet ever so effortlessly RJ! What a struggle; what a constant to and fro between writing and editing... Is it perfect yet? Does it hide what I wish to veil? Does it reveal that which I wish to deliver? Will anyone comprehend it? Such eternal conflict... Bravo!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Enjoyed your journey of words.

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    manatita44 2 years ago from london

    Very interesting take and great poem.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    All great comments - we poets are a unique breed. I have written thousands of poems over the last 30 years but have just recently began to "put them out there" at the encouragement of my beautiful and supportive wife. Dana - your comment about the community commenting more on each others work is spot on and I know I will make sure to be a better supporter of my fellow poets in the future.

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    Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

    Another thing I think that is not being said is that other poets- on hubpages- rarely comment on other poets pages. They will follow but rarely comment. Poetry may not be the ideal place for hubpages but if the poets read- comment- and share with people they know enjoys poetry the audience will grow. Hubpages has given us the opportunity to display our art and we have to utilize the opportunity and make hubpages known for good poetry. I don't receive lots of comments on my poetry but I receive many views. My views for poetry out number all the other articles- except for one- that I have written. Some poets become discouraged and leave hubpages but I stick with it because I have a bigger vision.

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    whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

    Nice work my friend. True, often I start without a clue in what to write about and other times some words tend to burn a hole in my thoughts until I unleash them in poetry. Well received and blessings. whonu

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Thank you for this hub RJ. You express the sentiments of many a poet. I used to consider myself a poet, now I tend to call myself writer as I have branched out somewhat, however poetry will always be my first love. A lot of comments in forums and such is that no one reads poetry and it doesn't make money or attract views. Most of these commenters don't understand how a poet thinks or why they write. When I first started writing I only shared my poetry with my family and placed a few in newspaper "poetry" columns. I am now confident with what I write and since being a member of hub pages I know that others enjoy what I write because my poetry hubs average about 70 comments each (admittedly many of those are my replies). No matter what anyone says, poetry does have a readership. I love your poem "A Journey of Words" by the way. It says it all.