Midnights Voice

(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

BTW


I forgot what BTW stands for...between the wines?
Oh yeah! ...by the way.
Yes.
Too much yesterday and hangover today.
Oh yes, enough to kill a teenager.
Once you start questioning your poetry
you'll be listening to teenagers.
You are not using rhyme, your muse is, dummy.
You don't write poetry...your muse does.
Your just the leaky pen.
Or in your case the timid typist.

First mistake:
Listening to other people tell you how to write.

Second mistake:
Self doubt.Who in the world cares if your poetry
is good or bad...that is not the point anyway.
You don't write to please the Queen.
You write to no one out there that might be listening.
You write to the shadows.
You write to the physical ghosts that never existed.

It is not your purpose to write anything that pleases
someone else.
Yes is best.
Just write and write to your hearts delight.
Poetry is measured by years not by the poem.

Bye.

Submitted: Sunday, January 06, 2013
Edited: Monday, January 07, 2013

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  • Chandra Thiagarajan (2/28/2013 9:35:00 AM)

    Just write and write to your heart's delight / Poetry is measured by years not by the poem! I enjoyed these wonderful lines.! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (1/15/2013 4:58:00 PM)

    Seems a good idea to me, I write because I enjoy doing so, many others I`m sure have no interest at all in reading my poems, some I hope do, a good point made in your write, (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (1/15/2013 6:59:00 AM)

    Ah, that made me feel better! I do worry that I am barking up the wrong tree sometimes, but I do love just to write. If someone else gets from it, that's a bonus! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (1/10/2013 6:58:00 AM)

    When you're giving something away, you don't have to worry about what a 'customer' might want.
    People always enjoy pleasures they haven't had to pay for. So you're right - write for your own pleasure only.
    Good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Tiwari (1/8/2013 10:41:00 AM)

    Its a true definition of poetry rather than a simple poem. Its meets the poetry defined by Wordsworth as Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. Love it. Vivek (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (1/8/2013 7:17:00 AM)

    Very interesting write.... I am with you. It is so wonderful just to write. then to have others read it is an amazing bonus. How grateful I am to you for reading my work. You do not realise how powwerful your name is. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (1/8/2013 7:17:00 AM)

    Very interesting write.... I am with you. It is so wonderful just to write. then to have others read it is an amazing bonus. How grateful I am to you for reading my work. You do not realise how powwerful your name is. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (1/8/2013 6:09:00 AM)

    BTW is Behind This Wall...break it and show how strong you are in your poem and you are that people never see before, they cant tell what you to write but you must know what you should write, because what you do is wholly from you...perfectly you..am i right Voice? _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/7/2013 8:45:00 AM)

    I write to please myself too, but its always nice when others appreciate ones efforts. But as they say, you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time, so I guess it's best just to please oneself (some of the time anyway) ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (1/7/2013 3:41:00 AM)

    My thoughts exactly, dont know why I write just do, not fussed what others think thanks for sharing \: O) (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/6/2013 8:51:00 PM)

    TAR, the facts and mistakes in the poems are inspirational to others. why do the poets have to bother about the comments, when no one like to voice out? The last line is really nice! (Report) Reply

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