Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

O Poetry


O poetry, you fickle thing
You bring both joy and suffering
Though some may say that I am blessed
You give me neither peace nor rest

Each verse that in my mind is born
If not quite right leaves me forlorn
And so to ponder through the night
If all the lines are ‘loose’ or ‘tight’

And will the meaning full connect
A challenge to my intellect
If not, then in the light of day
Adverse critique shall come my way

And furthermore each line should be
Designed to work in harmony
With words selected as to rhyme
Along with rhythm beating time

O poetry, you steal my mind
To heed your call I am resigned
Within your world obliged to dwell
And spend my time bound by your spell

Submitted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Edited: Saturday, April 12, 2014

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  • Sandra Feldman (4/16/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    So true, so beautifully and well expressed 10/10
    Poetry is the master and we are her slaves,
    But who would not drown in her fantastic waves? (Report) Reply

  • Spiritual Seeker (4/13/2014 2:09:00 PM)

    Love this piece...those addicted will suffer, but let it be! Perfection and imperfection...i will swim into this sea!
    A big 10. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (4/13/2014 12:58:00 AM)

    I agree with Thomas Jones but i have my own say here, i don't suspect rather believe that you have a familiar spirit and that too is a perfectionist kind - the one regarding the rhythm, meter, line and length, who does not commit an error in your perfect rhymes carrying your meaningful words clearly to the readers...your poetry is a true delight in all read-aloud experiences! this one is no exception in its beauty, so feel free under its power! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (4/12/2014 7:11:00 PM)

    O Valerie what an amazing piece of Poetry I can hear your voice reading with that slight humour that Pam Ayres would do yet with your gentle voice. Well deserved poet comments too. (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde (4/12/2014 1:39:00 PM)

    ..we are lucky that u are under the spell of poetry................that is what makes you present such lovely poems......... (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (4/12/2014 10:09:00 AM)

    I strongly suspect that you have a muse on your shoulder, who pops out at regular intervals and dictates a poem to your id. Little sonic echoes from deep within your subconscious. Then you reflect on it a little, marvel at where it came from, add a few refinements of your own, tone up the meter and away you go. Is that not so, Poetess? (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (4/12/2014 7:21:00 AM)

    Look what you have done Val. You have imprisoned your self as a free captive of poetry. Yet you refuse to walk our of your own poetic imprisonment. Yet you are free-, yet you are great! Well done my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (4/11/2014 4:11:00 PM)

    A great poem, we are slaves to poetry, no matter how long we stay away
    we always end up coming back. The words have us under a spell. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (4/11/2014 2:52:00 PM)

    O poetry, you steal my mind
    Through your poem you have rightly pointed out the burdens that the poet carries. Every line becomes a great responsibility. It is not like writing something and get away with it. One has to face the readers who tend to believe what is printed or posted. One must note these realities. In spite of all this trouble an appreciative word provides relief to the poet. Great poem. We get inspired by your poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Bill Cantrell (4/11/2014 1:12:00 PM)

    Wow, this is a masterpiece, this is a path that many poets find
    themselves on, I know this has been the case with me, BRAVO! ! (Report) Reply

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