Treasure Island

jim foulk

(july 7,1943 / des moines iowa)

A Poet in His Own Time


Who am I to criticize others,
I'm a poet in my own time,
my own place and my own world.
I just write what I see feel,
and hear.

My poetry may be different,
I don't follow the path
of other poets, but that's
ok, let them write what
they must write in their
own way.

All poetry is beautiful,
some takes longer to
understand.

We're all in this together
we write the poetry that
fulfills our needs.


(4-11-07)

Submitted: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Edited: Sunday, February 13, 2011

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  • Roseann Shawiak (10/16/2013 3:03:00 AM)

    Absolutely true, Jim. Great poem, couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for sharing it. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (4/20/2007 8:14:00 PM)

    Jim this is a splendid poem written with honesty, clarity and humility. Love the title and your determination to run your own race. Your poems have a refreshing truthfulness about them an unpretentiousness that others on the site could well emulate. My favourite line is 'All poetry is beautiful. Some takes longer to understand.' Spot on! love Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (4/20/2007 4:47:00 PM)

    My poetry may be different,
    I don't follow the path
    of other poets, but that's
    ok, let them write what
    they must write in their
    own way.

    Absolutely first class poetry and such a much needed message, we should stop
    telling others how they should write and write how we feel
    Top marks a ten spot here Jim for class poetry
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Michael Fischer (4/13/2007 12:31:00 AM)

    I like this poem Jim! I like how you take an anti-conformist stance as a poet. I think that poets who have a very different style of writing are more appealing and most of all memorable. Thanks for sharing your art with us!
    -Michael (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (4/12/2007 3:16:00 PM)

    Jim, you said that excellently how I fell. We all write what we must and when we can. It would be rather boring if we didn't and all wrote the same. Great poem. Top marks from me. Thanks for sharing it my friend.
    David (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (4/11/2007 1:28:00 PM)

    Wonderful thinking! I couldn't agree with you more. Poemhuner is very lucky to have you. Write on, Jim.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

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