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Walterrean Salley

Veteran Poet - 2,513 Points (Savannah, Ga)

A Common Addiction among Poets


Intoxicated by the inspiration
Of his trade—
With mental powers at work,
A true poet rarely sleeps.
His mind ever churning
With powerful imagery
That produces thought,
Sound, rhythm and gesture.
He molds with metaphor,
Shapes with simile,
And paints with irony—
To produce a beautiful symphony
(Like some great maestro) ,
For himself and all who would enjoy.
Little wonder he rarely sleeps.

© 2009

Submitted: Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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  • Bronze Star - 5,724 Points Frank Avon (9/18/2014 3:28:00 AM)

    Nice touch. An understanding of the poetic mind. I must be a true poet, for these days I rarely sleep! ! It's just as you say: my mind is ever churning / With powerful imagery / Sound, rhythm and gesture. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,650 Points Valsa George (8/18/2012 6:49:00 AM)

    Yes very true, once we are in a mood, poetry becomes an addiction! ! The portrait you have drawn is flawless! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 110 Points Joseph Anderson (5/16/2012 10:06:00 AM)

    A ban on that old sleep robber. I bet some of your best arrive at night, mine disappear by morn- very
    thought evoking write. A10 yes! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 135 Points Danny Draper (3/25/2012 5:19:00 AM)

    This beautifully sums up many a late night and even lost opportunity for the sake of our driven outcomes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kipper Stagg (2/26/2012 3:02:00 PM)

    Poetry is also an expression of our inner thoughts and feelings, life’s lessons learnt from a tender age. Yours is a great poem and well written and a true interpretation of life!
    Many thanks (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 138 Points Spiritual Seeker (11/1/2011 6:02:00 AM)

    Very truly said......nicely penned! A great 10. Pl read my 'My Poetry' and
    'This Passing Time'. Thanks.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Saju Abraham (3/13/2011 12:50:00 AM)

    You have used some wonderful expressions here to depict a poet. I can vouch for at least one thing about what you said, namely that I hardly sleep. Enjoyed reading this one. (Report) Reply

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