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Musings of a frustrated poet

Updated on November 26, 2013

Fairytale

Guinevere knew

as well as Isolde,

of a club with members

named Juliet.

They had love,

misplaced,

out of time,

where the accidental graze

of fingers across skin

could make the world expand,

then collapse.

It could not continue,

It could not cease.

And so, clasping hands,

they danced,

with infinite joy,

and simultaneous pain.

Balancing,

On the twisted ellipse

Of fate’s own design.

Loreena McKennitt"The Lady of Shalott"

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      JayDeck 4 years ago from New Jersey

      "Where the accidental graze/ of fingers across skin/ could make the world expand..." I love this line. Accidental touches can be very powerful, much like your poem.

      -J

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      And thank you for reading, again

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well Theatre girl you may act like Meryl Streep but you are also an amazing force of poetic nature as well.

      I love the way you write here - it's similar to my style: clean, neat , short and sweet but to the point so clearly and with much profound meaning as well.

      You are a real find - a real hub treasure and to receive your royal endorsement of my humble little hubpage means a lot to me when it comes from someone as special as you.

      Greetings from Colin and his cats, Tiffy and Gabriel and sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 6:40pm and winter is still hanging on here by the lake

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you so very much! I am new to this forum and I am humbled by your compliments!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      This is very good, Jennifer. I so happen to be reading of Guinevere right now. Voting up.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you! This poem I believe was gifted to me in that it almost came into my head fully formed! And she is my favorite tragic heroine! Enjoy your reading!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      they danced,

      with infinite joy,

      and simultaneous pain.

      Balancing,

      On the twisted ellipse

      Of fate’s own design.

      Wow--loved this!!

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Again, thank you Audrey for your wonderful compliment! This poem is an intensely personal one, and I am delighted that you liked it!

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Fate intertwined with ones own heart is a lethal combination which you have portrayed beautifully.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      It is indeed! Thank you for your generous compliment!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Our Muse can be so fickle .. so loving or so angry.. the frustrated poet can be all of these.... how delightful how you explained it in your poem and each word mean so much.. .. the lines

      of fingers across skin

      could make the world expand,

      are my favorite...

      many blessings to you

      voted up and sharing

      Debbie

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is so good! I really think this is superior poetry. You should be submitting to lit journals for certain.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Xstatic, thank you so much for that wonderful compliment! I am again humbled by your enjoyment of the poem.

      Deborah, those are my favorite lines of the piece as well! Thanks for your visit!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Theater girl - Very well done. You have a good ear and pack a lot of visual image and emotion into just a few words. Sharing.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Phdast7, you have left such lovely comments! Thank you for your generous support! I will be visiting you as well!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful poem! Unrequited love can be so painful. You wrote about it so eloquently.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you again! This is a favorite of mine if I may say so...and I am so happy that someone gets enjoyment from it!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      An intensely personal piece; I respect that you have decided to share such a very personal part of yourself,contained within the agony and ecstasy of your lines,which must have cost you dearly.....(if it's not based on reality,then you sure have an illuminated imagination :)

      Its' gravity leaves a lasting impression of consented resignation,without being haunting,which intrigued me -just an opinion.I won't say any more;it would be insensitive,and wounding when somebody you hardly know attempts to conduct a post-mortem on your cherished poetry baby,but I think that it would be a good day for any publisher worth his,or her salt,if this gem landed on their desk.... you at least deserve a hug,if nothing else!

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Such a wonderful and heartfelt compliment! Again I say, I am humbled by any suggestion that anything I wrote is publishable.

      I do also appreciate how detailed your comment was...and that the poem made you feel something. It is a favorite of mine ;)

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Theater girl ....

      Have you ever thought about entering your work(s) for competition,or have you already tried that avenue?(If it is not an affront to your sensibilities as an artist,of course).

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Before putting anything on here......my writing was in journals tucked into drawers....so no, I have never tried anything like that!

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      Diane Minton 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Very nice...your feeling got down on paper, its the main thing...ty ty ty

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you diane! That is really the only reason I write anyway, and I thank you for your visit!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      ... There are so many decent poets on HP's,with outstanding work.Competition,I found was good for building confidence,in order to be a more qualitative,prolific contributor,not just for the sake of competing.Entering local ones is a good start;if you think you can do it,then why not go for it? :)

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I thank you for the kind words and encouragement :)

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      enjoyable, intellectual, my kind of poetry

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I humbly thank you...and nice to meet you!

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      Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is a masterpiece and you more than deserve to be called an authentic poet with both substance and flair

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Oh my goodness! Thank you so very much for your kind words!

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      Jeffrey Dela Costa 4 years ago from Philippines

      I just felt the emotions jump out of the words of this poem. Thank you for this.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      No, thank you for the visit and for the kind words! I appreciate the support very much!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Life is all about ups and downs, so the best thing to do is to enjoy it while you can.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      you are correct! thanks for stopping by! and for the advice!

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      Darrylmdavis 3 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      A fun and engaging read :-)

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for visiting!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love this poem. How clever and creative. I love the idea of the three women you chose and the images you create with your words. Just lovely.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you! This poem is very dear to my heart and I am thrilled that you liked it! Thanks for your compliment and for stopping by!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Theater girl. I still think this is a fabulous poem, even after six weeks. I think it is one of your very best. Do it again, do it again. :)

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks so much pdast! I so very much wish that i could!I do try my best! But i think my muse gifted this one to me!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sometimes that happens, the muse visits and assists and magic happens on the page. I once did a poem about Muses - you may have already seen it. I think it begins, "Thalia, Melpomene..." That was a git from the muse. Yours will visit again....and probably not when you expect. lol

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I certainly hope so! She dabbles here and there once in a while! I think I came close with "What We Never" and "A Story Told Once Upon A Time" But I will check out your Muse poem definitely! Thanks for all the encouragement!

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      dreamseeker2 3 years ago

      Interesting poem. Voted it up! : )

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you dream seeker! I am glad that you enjoyed it! And thanks for the comment and the votes!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you dream seeker! I am glad that you enjoyed it! And thanks for the comment and the votes!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Theater girl,

      Wow, this is perfection! ...not to stress the frustrated poet out anymore, but yet another reason I'm anxiously awaiting the next one! :D

      Up and more, sharing too!

      Cat

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Oh my dear Cat, thank you for sharing this one as it is so dear to my own heart. Although I do fear that I had a special muse's help in the writing and I fear I may never quite get there again! I do have the joy of people like you reading and sharing! It honors me and the experience that inspired the poem. Thanks for your kind words!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I just had to come back and read this--and it is just as wonderful this time!!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Audrey! I appreciate the continue and generous support! It's lovely and overwhelming!

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      Lissette 3 years ago from Central Florida

      You were right. I did enjoy it and your comment on my work gave me a sneak peak into context.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks so much Moms-secret! Sorry it took me so long to get back here.....just some personal stuff....but please come again and I am glad you liked this!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You have a wonderful gift! I love this poem. I found myself 'riding on emotion' as I read each line. You create marvelous images with your words. Thank you for sharing this beautiful masterpiece. Voted up, awesome and sharing.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you so very much for the visit, the comment and the sharing! You have done my heart a good deed today! Blessings to you for a wonderful day!

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