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Poets are passionate to pierce the superficial.

They don't 'try' to be like this: they are driven.


Poets know experience is universal.

From their hearts, their souls even

comes an instinctive need to share insight

with anyone who will follow their thoughts

on the magic spin of their chosen words.

There is probably no greater egoism anywhere

(except – maybe - in mathematicians.)


Shyly or boldly

with painstaking construct or slapdash confidence

poets harness words, phrases, lines, imagery

with a craftsmanship proven to hook

and hold

readers and listeners.


Their ideas demand outlet.

They can but try.

They cannot not try -

to make the invisible see-able

the intangible touchable

the soundless heard

the ineffable spoken.


Poets know their skills are lame

but still

they must make concrete

a poem -

with their name underneath.


Of course, they are egoists.

Of course, they are -

Bold and brave and beautiful!

It takes guts to write poetry.




Cynthia Buell Thomas

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Stu Buck

Tue 11th Oct 2016 01:42

i think this is excellent and a very fitting ode to poets everywhere. especially love the mathematics line, made me think, chuckle and accept your point of view all in a few words.

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Laura Taylor

Mon 10th Oct 2016 09:20

Bang on Cynthia ? Bravo and hurrah ? You have nailed us with these lines, absolutely.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 9th Oct 2016 18:26

Very apt to keep in mind National Poetry Day.
Insights and outlets
Go hand in hand
With poets striving
To string a strand.

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suki spangles

Sun 9th Oct 2016 10:12

Thanks for sharing Cynthia.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 8th Oct 2016 16:48

A poem fished out of an old notebook and finally finished. I thought it still had possibilities, and might amuse someone else.


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