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Not a Poet

 NOT A POET I am not a poet. I speak through the lines that fill the page. Words I cannot utter, and thoughts that tumble, sometimes in rage, fly to the paper via the machine that is my voice in this modern age. My mind screams with the lexicon that fills my mind, but to no avail. No sound is made: my dumb throat is mute. I can relate no tale nor enter into debate, argument, discussion. Always, I fail to project the tones that once were strong, controlled, eloquent; enunciating words that could teach, advise, encourage. Confident, I stood as mentor, tutor and guide. Now, I fail, incompetent.

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Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith
06 ส.ค. 2566

Valerie, it is my belief that a poem is the thoughts and feelings of the writer made manifest, and as such should be able to connect with the reader on some level, what that level is matters not. it should be capable of tripping the reader from everyday thought.

On the basis of the above, you are without doubt a poet.

And as a poet you have great worth, if only everyone was a poet the world would be far more pleasant.


01 ส.ค. 2566

Oh you are definitely a poet!. This is so moving. Thank you for sharing

Valerie Bowden
Valerie Bowden
02 ส.ค. 2566

Thank you, Martin, your response is great encouragement. I haven’t written much over recent years, because I didn't have an outlet for sharing, and getting feedback. Your comment is perhaps the boost I need to get me writing again.

It won’t be as easy now as it once was, as anno domini has taken hold.

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