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(01/01/1966 / BIRMINGHAM)

A Kindly Word

A kindly word if you should please
Don't wave the blade without relent,
No hate nor scorn that cuts me through
And has no space for sentiment.

The critics hand although precise
Has often never held a quill,
And yet he always feels it fit
To savage and impose his will.

When rambling prose can reap reward
Against a finely crafted rhyme,
So easy to the ear and eye
Yet criticized as if a crime.

I shall not change my style or ways
To suit the mentors of this land,
And those who care to follow me
I'll shake them warmly by the hand.

Submitted: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Edited: Saturday, April 19, 2008

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  • Bonnie Collins (3/23/2009 10:14:00 PM)

    Excellent write, filled with much wisdom and truth.. Each person has his own gift in life Andrew, you need not defend yours, as you are trully one of the best poets on here, and please know one of my favorites, , , NO, my favorite......

    Bonnie (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (2/18/2009 6:25:00 PM)

    This is so strong Andrew. Rhyme sets a high standard, that unfortunately society doesn't follow as it is so much less structured now. I work with both as I like to think I am free (but am not of course)
    but do follow the commandments that are supposed to make, and not break society as is happening now. What a school for thought this all this. I admire your talent, your truth, and your beautiful soul.
    Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (11/7/2008 12:58:00 PM)

    This is always nice to be in yourself Andrew. After all this is You.
    Very well crafted eloquent words.
    A 10+++ for you. (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (4/27/2008 9:05:00 PM)

    A brilliant retort against those 'critics' whose aim is to score points, rather than to make constructive suggestions. Your work may be traditional in form, but it is always relevant and original in content. This one is no exception. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (4/24/2008 1:51:00 PM)

    The critic builds very little
    Least of all respect
    And so perhaps the greatest verse
    For them lies dorment yet

    Andrew, anyone who has truly read your works will know the power they contain
    You are one of my personal favourites here, and one of the reasons for that is that you show that bricks and mortar are of little use unless they are built into something beautiful, , YOU'RE A STAR*
    SHINE ON>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (4/20/2008 7:37:00 AM)

    Okay, I'll shake your hand Andrew for this is a great write. Nicely presented. All for one and one for all. Rhymers unite.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • C.R. Clark (4/19/2008 10:43:00 PM)

    A well crafted verse indeed, Andrew. I like your style. Thanks and best regards
    Richard (Report) Reply

  • Thad Wilk (4/19/2008 9:35:00 PM)

    Way to go Andrew, delightful read, well executed and thought provoking! ! ! *10*! !
    Best regard! Friend Thad (Report) Reply

  • Abha Sharma (4/19/2008 8:50:00 PM)

    I agree to your proposition, since ages Poetry is esteemed more than prose, poet critics will never be harsh for them poem is their child. the rhyme adds so much pleasure and adds quickness of repartee. very well composed, really liked the thoughts. (Report) Reply

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