Dear Poet

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I wish you could 
see yourself 
as I see you. 

You see 
an outcast, 
rebel without a cause.

I see 
a tormented soul 
with so much potential. 

Silver-tongued sage, 
healing hearts 
with the flick of a pen 
on a tattered page. 
 

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Vautaw

Sat 23rd Mar 2019 02:53

Thank you John. 🙏 Never fear, your poetry does exactly that. I truly enjoy your works. Thanks for sharing and encouraging. I appreciate you❣️

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John Marks

Thu 21st Mar 2019 12:57

I, like Jacob, love this poem. Thank you, Victoria, for sharing it.

healing hearts
with the flick of a pen
on a tattered page.


🌷

....and, me, here, wishing it might be so.

John

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Vautaw

Wed 13th Mar 2019 15:42

Amen Don! Me too. I do however think there are a lot of people in the world who haven't a clue! ❤

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Don Matthews

Wed 13th Mar 2019 02:49

Well said Ray. But no need to get your coat

The other thought I had is how the individual artist is often tortured by his/her own work. Is it good enough? Is it original? Will it be accepted(worst of all). The work can be a kind of gift which may bring a healing hand to those who admire it. States of mind can seldom be controlled, although in clever hands can often be manipulated, as we often see, not with healing results.

I'll get my coat.

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Don Matthews

Wed 13th Mar 2019 02:42

Vautaw,

Dr. Rosenthal does not need to suggest to me the use of POETRY as a means of healing, inspiring and bringing joy to your life.

Through experience, I know it

Don

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Vautaw

Wed 13th Mar 2019 02:02

The truth I have learned with my experience with writing poetry is the healing begins within. I created a series of anthologies to raise awareness about the effects of child abuse. Contributors said the writing was sometimes triggering, but mostly cathartic. A few readers came forward to tell me they were able to start writing their story which started the healing process for them. This experience is when I first became aware of the healing power of poetry.

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Vautaw

Wed 13th Mar 2019 01:37

“Forgiveness which is the medicine we need to heal.” That is a profound statement David. I agree 100%. I too believe in the power of words. I suppose we all do or we wouldn’t convene here. Thank you for sharing your heart. It is sometimes difficult to convey tone and intention through writing which can lead a conversation down a dark path or even over the edge of a cliff. It’s beautiful when it stays in the light and can be fleshed out to provide a positive outcome for all who come to the well thirsty for a drink of life.

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Vautaw

Wed 13th Mar 2019 01:12

Great insights Ray. Thanks for contributing to the conversation. I attended a writers conference last weekend where the professor asked us to describe poetry in one word. “Manipulation” was one of the replies. Interestingly, everyone gave a different answer. Kaleidoscope is the word that comes to me now. We all see from the perspective of our own prism of life experiences. Such is the beauty of the art. Lab coat or straight jacket, it’s up to us to decide which to don. Fascinating world either way. ❤

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raypool

Tue 12th Mar 2019 22:38

Dear Vautaw, I have read with great interest your exchanges here and some truths emerging, as it should be in an open and honest debate. One thing that becomes fairly clear to me: your implication is that actually the suffering soul is healing others by his revelations. The wonder of poetry is that of sharing similar trigger experiences I feel, voicing one's own perspectives as they resonate. Interestingly potential must be different for everyone and the encouragement of it should be a major aim in society. Sadly much is lost through competition gaining the lion's share of It, and lack of opportunity. It takes dedication to develop it.

The other thought I had is how the individual artist is often tortured by his/her own work. Is it good enough? Is it original? Will it be accepted(worst of all). The work can be a kind of gift which may bring a healing hand to those who admire it. States of mind can seldom be controlled, although in clever hands can often be manipulated, as we often see, not with healing results.

I'll get my coat.

Ray

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 12th Mar 2019 22:12

Hi Vautaw,

I have heard of healing poetry workshops, I very much believe in the healing power of words. More so the healing power of their collective stories, shared experiences, those things shared by others which make us feel not quite so alone. The moment we hear a story or someone share a feeling we thought (ridiculously) only we had is a great feeling of not being alone.

I also enjoy poetry and subjects which take us into conversations from which we can take something positive. Recently I allowed myself to converse in a way which resulted in horrible negativity, for myself and others involved, I said things I believe to be right but which might have been better unspoken, I felt the need to defend myself and others and think that I may have been hugely misunderstood. After such events I try and rationalise my actions and those of others attempting to see their point of veiw, often this works for me and I can find some peace and forgive myself and them. I hope they can do the same but I have doubts about that which saddens me greatly.

I suppose the subject of healing got me thinking of that, together with some kind of forgiveness which is the medicine we need to heal.

Thanks for engaging in this conversation, it actually is quite meaningful and helpful in some way.

David.

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Vautaw

Tue 12th Mar 2019 21:34

Thanks for the thoughtful feedback David. One of my favorite things about poetry is when it creates awareness and conversations. Actually, there is a doctor (Dr. Norman Rosenthal who pioneered light therapy to treat SAD) who is advocating poetry for healing. New territory perhaps, but I'm excited to see what develops! www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryRx

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 11th Mar 2019 14:17

Hi Vautaw,

I hear what you say.

I am not suggesting the ability to heal/help is not a gift or a developed skill (I am not referring to miracles here, I do not believe in such things) rather human abilities such as empathy and caring and technical accomplishment, if you are thinking of physical repair to the human anatomy or psyche.

I am saying the label given to such a person is the burden and should be considered by anyone prior to speaking it out loud to the bearer of those talents. Such responsibility is a difficult one to carry I should imagine.

Whether or not people are morally obligated to share their talents, I could not speak for all. I believe that is a personal choice. You certainly could not compel an individual to do such a thing, for therein would lie the burden I am speaking of.

I certainly wasn't advocating the withdrawral/absence of those with skills who attend the sick and broken in our society, who would advocate that?

As far as poets being healers? I doubt anyone ever started to write with the primary aim of becoming a healer, although it seems clear that words can initiate the healing process for many.

David.

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Vautaw

Mon 11th Mar 2019 14:02

David, That last line has been on my mind all weekend, “The responsibility and expectation of being considered a healer is not a gift, it's a burden best ignored.”

Here is what God, the Universe, or that crazy voice in my head keeps whispering back to me, “If our words, our hands, our mind, our passion has the power to help others, isn’t it our moral obligation to do so?”

Maybe that “voice” is different for each of us, and thankfully so. The world would be a much darker place without doctors, psychiatrists, and other healers.

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Vautaw

Sat 9th Mar 2019 02:41

Interesting perspective Wolfgar and therein lies the conundrum! 🧐 Thanks for reading and your feedback. 🙏

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 8th Mar 2019 08:13

Hello Vautaw, I enjoyed this..and it gave me these thoughts.

Maybe if such a poet was granted a snapshot of your vision of him it might rob him of his potential, or his desire to communicate. In fact it seems from your words that he is fulfilling some potential already.

Thinking about potential can be daunting, like contemplating the vast emptiness of a huge journey it might prevent the first step.

The responsibility and expectation of being considered a healer is not a gift, it's a burden best ignored.

David.

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Vautaw

Wed 6th Mar 2019 15:03

Thank you my beautiful poet friends. I truly appreciate your feedback. 🙏 It will help me select my first collection of poems and now thanks to you, I know to include audio! 🤩

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Wed 6th Mar 2019 11:40

Oh! how I love this one

When I listen to you beautifully read audio I feel shivers down my spine.
You 'spoke' to all of us - but it is intimate for each of us.

I am not sure if that sentence says what i am trying to say but I know that you will understand what I mean.
Dorothy

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 6th Mar 2019 10:57

Thank you Victoria, "A tormented soul with so much passion." I was never short of passion. Love it.

J. x

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Wed 6th Mar 2019 08:38

So much said in so few words. Love this one.

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Don Matthews

Wed 6th Mar 2019 03:29

This is so good

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Itsjustmedownhere

Wed 6th Mar 2019 02:50

Oh gosh I adore this.

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Vautaw

Wed 6th Mar 2019 02:13

Thank you Steven. 🙏

steven arthur

Tue 5th Mar 2019 23:56

great one

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