How Do I Solve This Battle?

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How Do I Solve This Battle?


I have this internal battle

Within me as I write

Two opposing sides

Rearing up to fight


One side wants to get some

Encouragement and praise

The other says don't matter

Write what e'er you raise


How do I solve this battle?

Within me when I write?

Satisfy opposing sides

Rearing up to fight?


Post Script


There is a balance here isn't there?

Sometimes we write just for ourselves.

At other times we write to communicate to others.

My view is I write regardless. If someone likes

what I write, great. If not, no matter.


Don Matthews March 2019



◄ So What Do You Want me To Write About?

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<Deleted User> (19913)

Mon 11th Mar 2019 06:54

Truth in them words Don. 😃

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keith jeffries

Sun 10th Mar 2019 23:17


Poetry is a highly subjective genre which is undertaken, not primarily to meet the expectations of others or to seek their approval, but to transmit feelings, ideas and thoughts. Those who comment may or may not like the content of what you have written, but that is not important; as a poet your style, use of vocabulary and means of expression, in the form of comments received, can be helpful.

I write often to vent feelings as the voice of dissent. Yet I take close interest in the comments of fellow poets, not on what I have said but how I have approached the subject.

Keep writing without inhibitions. Say what you like but say it well


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Don Matthews

Sun 10th Mar 2019 22:19

Thankyou for all your comments.. Why I write varies. Sometimes for catharsis where it doesn't matter if I get comments or not (or does it?). Sometimes I write just for my own enjoyment not expecting (but secretly hoping for?) feedback. Other times I want to deliver a message and hopefully look for comment. Regardless, we all like a pat on the back every now and again....


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 10th Mar 2019 16:17

You first, others second. I write for myself, with no clue whether my words will appeal to anyone else.

It's always great to get 'feedback', but not essential. I don't think we always write to be read. But that's a total untruth! Of course, we write to be read! We absolutely do. Or we wouldn't make our thoughts concrete. That's what 'writing' IS. Communication!

Or we wouldn't post our work, would we?

Maybe we don't write to get comments. Although, they sure are appreciated, aren't they?

Ha! I'm not helping this discussion at all.

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Martin Elder

Sun 10th Mar 2019 14:39

Frankly I think it is about releasing what's inside of you and in the case of writers and poets . its about getting it down on paper or in many cases now the screen. Keep going Don.

Nice one

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lisa donohoe

Sun 10th Mar 2019 10:56

Be free and write what ever comes natural to you..

If your poem's dont receive feed back ' it does not mean they are unworthy..
It does not mean they are rubbish.

If you're reasons for writting are just for readers approval then write about what you think they like or need.

But if your like me' and you just write for the love of it ' then likes and comments do not matter because you have found your own happy place amongst the word's you creatively crafted together for your own enjoyment 😃

Stay true to yourself always.

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Don Matthews

Sun 10th Mar 2019 10:41

Heart of Lead - I also relate

I throw verse up on screen
And sing out what the heck
So each and every half an hour
Why do I login and check? 😎

<Deleted User> (21487)

Sun 10th Mar 2019 07:55

OH NO! the two horns of a dillema.
What advice would you (did you) give to someone else?

Always be your self? -- yes
write what you want to write, -- yes
write what you need to write, -- yes

Your poems have a lot to say, some funny some hard hitting

maybe time to speak about your vulnerable side
maybe time to show what a kind person you are
maybe time to show how helpful you are

Ayres rock is, without a doubt, solid and obviously male.

(We used to dehorn our goat kids at three days old. - no horns - no dilema.)

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Heart of Lead

Sun 10th Mar 2019 05:49

Oh, I can relate. Right on the tail of your last poem and the struggle is real. I tell myself it doesn't matter if no one likes and comments on my poetry but then check every half hour to see if anyone has noticed it. But deeper than that is the desire for everyone, I think, to be able to express what they really feel and think. And you have captured that quite nicely.

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