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Barefoot Writer

Updated on September 5, 2017
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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.


My bare feet are cold while my pen is still warm

Been penniless at times, but not for long-term

The daily grind requires opening my mind

Some days I can see, on others I’m blind

My world requires imagination, and no set of rules

The weaving of words; not taught in schools

A pencil my needle, some paper the thread

Thoughts in my head; I’ll seek to embed

It starts with a stich, with a knot on the end

Hopefully completed with a, “well penned”

But the case in point is not always true

Despite being creative and something brand new

For readers are fickle; just as the writer

Finding perfect words, lines that are tighter

Verses that flow like a sweet harmony

Being careful they don’t come across formally

And the rhyming, the rhyming, it becomes such a puzzle

It a balancing act; like standing on a bubble

So we think and reach deep in our memories

The writer’s vocabulary is much like a treasury

And often when the verse is done

We reread it and see its overdone and no fun

Delete, erase, or crumple the page

Falling back to its development age

Again with more words and phrases, and rhymes

And this might happen a hundred more times

For our craft, our life, it’s laced with perfection

As we’re not always sure of upcoming dissections

Butterflies in our bellies as we hit publish or send

Hoping the readers will see what we intend

But more often than naught, the views are low

We sigh and wonder how far we must go

To pen the perfect verse, the one that everyone would read

With the balance of drama, romance, and hope that they need

To fill in the spaces where life only leaves clues

This is my wish, along with some shoes…

© 2017 Ralph Schwartz


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  • manatita44 profile image

    manatita44 11 days ago from london

    Cool! Very promising poem and good rhyming too. Excellent!!

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    Dora Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

    Serious and playful all at once. I like the form and the message. There is always another verse to write.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

    Most creative and a wonderful way with words. Enjoyed this. There are often times when inspiration hits my fingers flying over the keyboard and then while rereading I see the most amazing phrases and I wonder - will this work? but most often it does not making me richer but making me fulfilled.

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    MizBejabbers 2 months ago

    I kinda like it, Ralph. I don't relate to it poetically because I'm not a poet and I sure know it, but I feel the butterflies each time I hit "publish" on an article. I admire your way with words.

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    Delver J 2 months ago from Philippines

    It relates to me very much right now as i'm just starting here, thank you Sir Schwartz.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks Shannon - And yes, we are artists - coaxing ideas from mere words and worlds from those ideas. My wife is a painter and she's always referred to me as an artist as do her friends.

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    shanmarie 2 months ago

    I love the ending of this poem! Makes me think of the phrase "starving artist." I suppose that's what writers are, though - artists. And like an artist, the art is a passion. Isn't that what everyone wants? To do something that makes a difference or that leaves a lasting legacy. Very relatable.

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    Ralph Schwartz 2 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks John - I think that's what we've all been hoping for. I was personally amazed that no one had ever used the title "barefoot writer" before (I saw an ad on HP which gave me the idea)

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    John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

    A wonderful verse that all poets and writers can relate to Ralph. I am chomping at the bit to write something masterful (or at least meaningful) but experiencing somewhat of a writing lull at the moment. I know it's there waiting to be release...hopefully soon. Good work.