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That Which Must Be Written

Updated on June 19, 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.

Tis history which reveals

That, mere words are simply not enough

For such which can be spoken

Must also be written

From humble beginnings,

Many advocates,

The authors, playwrights, and poets

Orators great and noble,

Skillful yet confined

By the singularity of a voice


Despite grand aspirations

Which led to revelations,

As scratching, scribbling, and sketching

Gave rise to early writing,

Their mediums evolutionary

Recording commodities

Properties, and increasing efficiencies,

Carvings on stones,

Tablets of clay, skins and parchments

Advancements recorded carefully;

Catalogued collections

Of tomes, manuscripts, and books


Ensuring factuality

When memories fail

Conquerors conquer,

Or disaster plays an unexpected role

The written word,

Nothing short of extraordinary

Revealing efficiencies

Correcting inequities

And opening the door to literacy


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    Paula 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Ralph.....Wonderful Poetry! I truly enjoy your poems and that is saying a lot because When it comes to poems, I have selective taste!! Smile......

    (I just left something on your "Investigate Trump" hub....don't want you to miss it!)

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

    Most thought provoking.

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    Tim Mitchell 5 months ago from Escondido, CA

    Awakening and inspires one to write and share. Thank you for sharing.

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    whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

    Pictures were the first recorded form of communicating, as seen on the walls of caves and trees. The written word has shown that the human race has become more sophisticated and with this, we have advanced our civilization to the very stars. Blessings my friend. whonu

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    manatita44 5 months ago from london

    Indeed, so necessary for our times: Education, records, literacy and inspirations of course, plus ... plus. A thoughtful look at this subject