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Poetry in its Infant Stage: A Moment with Bill Debacle

Updated on April 18, 2014

A Simple Declaration of Fact

I am not a poet.

There. The truth is out there for all to see. I am not a poet. I am many things, but a poet I am not, and for the first sixty-five years of my life I have managed to be fairly happy despite this shortcoming…..but…

I am, however, a person who has never met a challenge he didn’t love, so when my good friend Ann, or Annart from HubPages, challenged me to write a poem, I shuddered, shivered, and then accepted her challenge in the spirit with which it was given.

I have, in fact, written one other poem. About a year ago I wrote a little number called “I Cry Real Tears,” but since that day I have felt no compulsion to ever try again. Still, there is that challenge, and you know how I love challenges.

Listen, I know nothing about poetry. I don’t know about counting syllables and rhyming. I know nothing about pentameter or any of that other nonsense. I am a prose writer with a poet’s heart, but I am not a poet.

Still, there is that challenge.

So I’m going to do it. I will give you not one but two poems….right here, right now….and then I will allow the poet in me to slink back to obscurity so I can get on with my writing career.

The first poem is whimsical to say the least and it is also in response to a challenge I received months ago from my dear friend Sha. She challenged me to write a poem about my grocery list, so I call the first selection “A Day at Ralphs Supermarket.”

The second is my feeble and self-serving attempt to draw attention to my soon-to-be-released novel “Resurrecting Tobias.”

I hope you don’t think too unkindly of me because of these efforts.

A Day at Ralphs Supermarket


Itemize the things I covet

Matched against available funds

Frozen pizza, meat lovers supreme,

Cholesterol be damned

Don’t take Bev for goodness sake

She would only ruin the fun

Who needs veggies I think aloud

Meat is what I crave.

I want to apologize to the great poets of the past. In fact, I feel horrible even calling that thing a poem. We’ll just call it a response to a challenge and leave it at that.

Resurrecting Tobias

Are there answers to the questions?

Are there reasons for the pain?

Are we merely players on the stage

With no lighting or direction?

There are days of mass confusion

Encircling rare moments of

Intense clarity, a rarity, here then gone

Leaving us with more questions.

Through it all a feint glimmer shines

Giving us elusive hope

A beacon in the distance glimpsed

Then snatched away as the fog sets in again.

Love will light the way

Are we willing to see the truth?

Love will light the way

Once humility is embraced and ego slain.

Forgive me please
Forgive me please | Source

So There You Have It


Sha, Ann, your wishes have been answered. I will now tuck my poetic voice back in the closet where it belongs. Thank you for the challenge and I hope I haven’t caused any of you to have an upset stomach.

Remember this old adage next time: Be careful what you wish for.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I thought the poem was "cute" oops not the best word. Ithink I missed a few of your hubs...have been so busy....Just wanted to stop by and say hello and wish you a happy day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, Carol, and I'll take "cute" any old day. Have a very Happy Easter weekend my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bravo, Bill! You did it!

      I was thinking the other day about the veggies you and Bev are growing. If I recall, you're a meat and potatoes (and cheeseburger pie) man. How's that working for you? Have you learned to love your veggies? LOL

      Thanx for taking on the challenge my dear friend. You're a real trooper!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you damn well better read this. LOL Thanks for reading this drivel. I hope you're happy now.

      Happy Easter my dear friend.

      love always

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved your poetry here today Bill and you know I am similar with writing poetry, so your take was refreshing this morning and totally put a smile eon my face. Happy Friday and wishing you a Happy Easter, too this weekend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Stop pouting Bill. It doesn't become you in the least. :-)

      Lots of love to you and Bev,

      Sha

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Great stuff ! I say damned to cholesterol often. I enjoyed your Tobias poem a lot. Good or bad it's fun! Jamie

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      Cheryl 3 years ago

      I am a lover of poetry and have published two books of it. The latter of the two is wonderful. Poetry does not need to rhyme in any way. It comes from the heart and speaks truth. There are many great poets out there that never rhyme and I have written some myself. I think with a little fine tuning you could find a new nitch.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, if I made you smile then it was worth it. Thank you dear friend and Happy Friday to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think with my recent ponytail that my pouting looks quite becoming. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, you are very kind. Thank you my friend and good luck with that chicken coop.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cheryl, you are much too kind. I just did this to keep my friends from bugging me again. LOL...but thank you for your kind words on my second attempt. Have a nice weekend.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Resurrecting Tobias is quite good billybuc. No need to tuck away that emerging poetic voice!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Hooray!! The poet raises his voice!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well Bill, you got my vote. It's amazing what comes from a challenge. You may have never you known you had it in you. Great stuff, my friend!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, we can all be our harshest critics. 'Resurrecting Tobias' is a better than a lot of poetry I have read from people who call themselves 'poets'. Not bad for someone who has only written one or two poems before. 'A Day at Ralph's Supermarket' isn't the most polished, but it was a bit of light hearted fun and made me smile. Well done for taking up the challenge. I'd give you more than a pass.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cecile, you are very kind, and I thank you. Maybe I'll just do this once a year as a tradition. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, thank you. LOL I am totally out of my element doing this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Really very kind of you, Lifegate, but I would expect nothing less from you. Thank you and Happy Easter to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, that's why we are friends....because you are so nice. :) Have a great weekend buddy and thank you!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Whenever I read your any article, I always found a glimpse of poetry in it. I used to wonder why this wonderful writer has not ventured into the realm of poetry. Once I had pointed it out to you and I was convinced that someday a poet sitting in your heart would sit up and dazzle everyone. I loved reading both of your poems and " Resurrecting Tobias " is such a sweet one that I anticipate a third one from you. Since you have given birth to two poems, you are a poet as a woman giving birth to a baby is called a mother.:-)

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Bill, you can write poetry and you have proved it, but you need to know all bit about the type of poetry you want to compose. Do you want to compose a sonnet, a ballad, a lyric, an epic, an elegy, or an ode? This is the most important thing. Then, have a cursory glance over stanza pattern, meter, rhyme scheme, free verse, blank verse, and figurative language. I am pretty sure that you would excel many amateur poets if you have know-how about these elements. Anyways, bold efforts on your part!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, that was a very kind thing for you to say. Thank you from the bottom of my poetic heart. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rafiq, thank you as always. Your suggestions are helpful as they always are. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      You did very well as a poet, although, I don't know anything about poetry either but to me it was fantastic! Good for you for taking on the challenge!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Liz, we are alike in that case. I know nothing about poetry and never made the effort to learn. I know what I like when I hear it and that's about it. Thank you for your kind words. I've take the challenge and now I can return to my comfort level.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Bill,

      Keep writing poems and do a love poem about your first love. This will make you think real hard and it will bring back feelings left in a special place in your heart. I know it is there---we all have it.

      I believe you can do it.

      Your Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Well, you are certainly better at poetry than I am. I think I had beans in my ears during poetry classes in school because I just couldn’t rake up the interest.

      What’s that teacher/

      Speak up/

      We can’t hear you/

      We have beans in our ears. (Remember that song?)

      I do find limericks to be fun, and I’m developing a grudging interest in haiku, I guess because they are short and the writer doesn’t have to hold a thought for very long. I recently wrote my boss a haiku on his birthday card. He didn’t comment, so I guess I won’t do it again. Really, yours is much better than mine. Maybe you should keep at it. Give the teacher an “A” for effort!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I love this one Bill! You really have put a smile on my face today. And, yes you can write a poem! :)

      Have a peaceful Good Friday!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bobbi! I'll put that on my to do list and we'll see what happens.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I do remember that song. Well, I'll take an "A" for effort any old day. Who says it's all about content? LOL

      Thank you so much and have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, if I put a smile on your face then it was all worth it. Thank you so much and Happy Easter to you and yours.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Congrats on putting your big toe in the water Bill!

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      Rozalyn Winters 3 years ago

      Wow. "I Cry Real Tears" really moved me. Well done -- it speaks truthfully to the stark reality we face in this country. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Audrey! It's a little chilly there. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Rozalyn! I appreciate those kind words.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL.....Well by God...this seals it, Bro! Ain't no way, no how we ain't bro & sis fer reel! Y'all got that dern Potree down pat!

      Your Loyalty is priceless......taking a leap for your friends. You definitely landed on your feet! I love this....UP+++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Paula and yes, this was all about loyalty. I've made a bigger horses ass out of myself in the past. This was pretty tame comparatively speaking. LOL

      Thanks, Sis! Have a great Easter weekend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You're an excellent writer. Even your poems are fantastic. I really enjoyed them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I'd like to be able to clone you about a million times. LOL Thank you my dear.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Mmmmmm . . . Pizzaaaaa . . . Your poetry is inspiring, Billy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, you are supposed to crave pizza BEFORE you give birth and not after. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, I've said it before and I'll say it again...You are a poet, you just don't know it....

      You have a poetic voice in most of what you write, especially whern you are writing passionately (and that is often) In my opinion, poetry doesn't have to have an exact pattern. Yes, I know there are certain rules if you choose to write a certain type of poem. But aside from the formal, poetry comes out of your pen...

      Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I am very grateful for your comment. I know I have a poet's heart. I think for now I'll just stick to writing poetic prose. That's much more my comfort level and where I'll find success if I do, in fact, find it. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Your first poem made me laugh because it reminds me of how I feel when grocery shopping, LOL. I'm actually trying not to eat meat more than twice a week now but there's always a craving for it I can't turn off! Your second poem seemed to bring out your true poetry voice more, probably because it was something closer to you. Either way, they were both poems and great job accepting the challenge!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, there is poetry in everything you write, I totally agree with the person who commented that poetry doesn't have to do with rhymes and meter, it's about how you feel inside, how you are able to touch others with mere words. My friend, you've touch so many people through your words and emotion. Every heart sings a song, everyone becomes a poet. But hey.. you already knew that..right?

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Bill your second poem is incredibly beautiful! Indeed it is written as a poem. I say this because the first is different. Sweet and good fun, yes, but different. I felt your prose spirit all the way through it.

      The second was definitely poetic to my feel and senses, and I do appreciate this immensely.

      Kindly note that I am sending you my love in a spirit of service, and giving you a sincere view. It need not be others. Still, I have always felt that all good writers are poets. Strange that it's not so obvious in your first but definitely lofty in your second.

      So there you are. I don't usually write that much. March on my brother, while following your heart.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, the poems (and all the apologies about not being a poet) make me smile. I smile even more when I think of Bev reading the first one. Got a serious message from the second. Thanks for sharing your skills in their infancy. Have a great Easter weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, thank you for your kindness. I'm afraid poetry isn't for me, but I can still be poetic in my prose and that's good enough for yours truly.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you are right of course. Anyone who is serious about writing has a poet inside of them. The key, I believe, to great prose is to allow that poet out to influence the prose.

      Have a wonderful Easter weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      .Manatita, i respect you greatly and I am humbled by your praise of my second poem. Thank you my friend. Following one's heart is always the true course to take in life.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I will agree, the first poem didn't make my heart flutter, but the second, ' Resurrecting Tabias ' Is beautiful. I knew you were a poet, you just won't admit it. Why is that? Poetry is so heartfelt if it's coming from within. Humorous poetry is just fun to write, but the words that come from your soul are precious. You get my vote as a reluctant poet. Hee.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, if I made you smile then I am a satisfied poet-wannabe. :) Thank you and have a blessed Easter weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, when I think of poetry I think of Tennyson...not Bill Holland. :) Of course, when I think of writers I think of Harper Lee and Steinbeck....so I don't know where I fit in. LOL Thank you, seriously, for your kind words. Have a blessed Easter weekend.

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Sir Bill, a poet in you can still spawn inspiring rhythmic incidentals, LOL! Poetry reading is very much popular here in the Philippines (mostly in our vernacular language).

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. That wasn't so hard now, was it? I was actually impressed. I think you are too hard on yourself or extremely humble. Maybe this is the start of something new :)

      Have a nice Easter.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, Bill, the poet, there you are!

      You do have it in you, and please never put yourself down when you always do your best, as your best is as good as it gets! You may even get hired to write commercials using your Meat Lovers' Pizza poem for a large pizza conglomerate! As you are always teaching us, spread you wings and fly, and don't forget to add veggie lovers' pizza too ... wise business practices : )

      Love your "Resurrecting Tobias" poem. When you write from the heart, you can never go wrong.

      Blessings to you and your family for a wonderful Easter weekend

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      cheeluarv 3 years ago from INDIA

      Well done ,Billy buc .It does't appear as your first attempt.Specially the second one is beautiful. It has all the qualities of a good poem. I would say it as"'pakka''poem,

      (In Indian language it means, up to the mark)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You a hidden talent and now truly shown a great write here well done to your wonderful thoughts.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I think as folks who call ourselves writers we have no choice but to try hard -- not just drive by -- but maintain continuous effort in areas we are uncomfortable in "not a poet say you", well then damn well become one!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "I am not a poet"

      I beg to differ. Voted up and excellent.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Maybe you're a poet and didn't know it? :)

      I'm like you. I just don't get the whole poetry thing, though I do appreciate those who have the gift. Yet, I think you can agree that there are times in our daily writing when we use poetic elements without realizing it.

      BTW, I'm all for more poems on pizza... or donuts. Happy Easter!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Easter, Bill, and thank you. I do work on humility, but in this particular case, humility is quite easy. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, Happy Easter to you. You are so kind and supportive and I greatly appreciate you.

      Have a wonderful day my friend. Spread those wings.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cheeluarv, I will remember that....a pakka poem. I like that. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, you are very kind and I thank you sincerely.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Eric, and I will keep saddling up and we'll see what happens. Happy Easter to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will, that is a high compliment from a man of your talent and I thank you. Happy Easter, Sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I do believe we all have the poet in us. For some of us, it takes a bit of an effort to push that guy out into the sunlight. :) I'll work on that donut poem. In the meantime, Happy Easter to you and thank you.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing such excellent poems, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Bill, your poetry is refreshing, great hub! :)

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I have to say this and I mean it...You are a fast learner. Your first poem made me smile and your second makes me want to vote it up and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ryem, you are sweet. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, the famous poets in our world have nothing to fear from me, but thank you for your support and kind words.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill you have done it, and done it well! The feeling and ideas in a poem have intensity, rhyme and imagery and though it may not rhyme as much it certainly is not short on the other two.

      Well done my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I am grateful my friend.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      "There are days of mass confusion

      Encircling rare moments of

      Intense clarity, a rarity, here then gone

      Leaving us with more questions"

      and you say you are not a poet...

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, you brought a smile to my face...thank you!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      There was a lot of truth and belief in your second poem. A poet writes from the heart and spills his soul. Well guess what that makes you Bill?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, say it isn't so!!!! LOL Thank you kind lady.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      Appropriately, as any other poet, you've made it better and best. We are only responding to your challenge to love you even more my friend.

      Up and beautiful.

      Peace.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Well, Bill, that's another thing we appear to agree on. I can't write poetry either, but on occasion, do manage to put a poem out there. You did most especially nice on the second one. Well done, but stick to prose, will you? We have enough poets on hubpages! lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you are very kind. Thank you always, and I wish you a peaceful and blessed remainder of the week.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Ann, that's the best comment so far. No worries my friend. I have no desire to write poetry for a living. :) Thanks for the smile.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Bill I am delighted to see these small steps in poetry which you have taken. I will go on to say now that you have begun I would like to see you do a poem now and then and soon perhaps you'll have ten. Hugs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Rasma, that gives me something to shoot for...as if I didn't have enough goals already. LOL Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Well aren't you spreading your wings and flying!?! Congratulations on that. I like that you're giving poetry a try, Bill. Flap away, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I'm afraid I'll crash and burn if I keep it up. Time to head back to prose for awhile, but thank you.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      There now, bill, that wasn't so bad was it? I told you you could do it! I like the second one especially; it flows!

      Thank you so much for taking up the challenge. I could tell you didn't really want to do it - I could feel the blood trickling from the stone!

      Mostly, though, huge apologies for not getting round to reading this sooner. I'm back in France and have up till now been unable to get wifi. This has been rectified, at least for a few days, so I'm trying to catch up.

      I hope you had a blissful Easter with Bev and family. Now you can relax without the threat of poetry over your head! Sincerely, well done and I appreciate you rising to the challenge. I won't do that to you again - promise (not with poetry anyway!).

      From the depths of South Brittany - have a wonderful evening and I'll catch up with the rest of your hubs soon. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And what are you doing back in France, Ann? You left out that part of your tale. Please do tell!

      Thank you! The second poem was for you; the first was silliness for another friend. I'm glad you approved, but don't think for a millisecond I will ever do this again. LOL

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend and it is good to have you back.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks bill; it's good to be back. Don't worry, I will never put the words 'bill' and 'poetry' together again. I can feel your panic from here! I do so appreciate you writing a poem for me.

      Back in France to see old friends, to collect our caravan and move it to a more accessible place, to celebrate a friend's 70th and to do a little sight-seeing. We're currently on a 'seniors club' coach trip - don't laugh! I love Brittany and am seeing places I used to visit for holidays when I was 10 - 15, just a little while ago. Will be back home around 20th May when my hubpage activity will get back to normal.

      In the meantime, 'bon courage' for your writing, 'bon weekend' and 'à bientôt! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ann, and I hope you have a wonderful time. By the way, I failed French in college. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      That's why I kept it simple!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...much appreciated, Ann! Even I understand "bon"

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      It looks like a poem, it smells like a poem, it tastes like a poem, it sounds like a poem, must be one then, oh actually two, good for you, never a doubt in my mind.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Ruby, but there was a whole lot of doubt in my mind. LOL

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Bill! you say you don't write poetry and you are not a poet, but you do, you are you have a poet's heart.

      What is a poet?

      Sometimes her words are singing birds

      And sometimes deep still water

      But her greatest work are not of words

      But a lovely son and daughter

      And so Bill, I really want to read

      "I Cry Real Tears!"

      Please, please publish it right here.

      You did a wonderful job on the 2 above.

      (((((Hugs)))))

      Shyron

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, thank you for your kind words. Actually, it was published....somewhere in my archives there is a hub for it.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I enjoyed your poems! You should do that more often. The supermarket one was really cute. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Vicki! They make me cringe. LOL

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      haha! I like them!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Vicki! Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, I see nothing wrong with either poem..After all, it was from the heart, and isn't that was REALLY matters?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is indeed, Deb, and thank you for that.

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