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(26 September 1944 / Missouri - United States)

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The Poet's Spirit

I'm writing a poem to my love this day,
Does he know how I struggle and toil,
Searching for words that will touch his heart,
And when reading them, might he recoil?

What can I say that will light the flame,
And ensure that it keeps burning bright;
I want my words to be like the jewels
The thief hungers for in the night

My weary head falls upon the desk
As I search for the elusive words;
Grasping in vain at dark empty air,
Surrendering in defeat afterwards

Then a glow in the distant horizon,
Swiftly advancing, catches my eyes;
It's too calm for the dreaded lightning,
Too early for morning's sunrise

There's a voice in the wind speaking to me:
'Words will come, and they'll flow like a river;
Steadily, strongly and deeply they'll come,
'Til the message has been delivered;
For this is the duty of the poet,
Specially chosen from God's own choir;
Uniquely expressing love's longing and hope,
And all the facets of man's desire'

I say to the spectre 'Please, do not go,
I need your strength here with me; '
To my plea, it responds: 'Of course, I'll stay,
I'll stay forever - for I am thee! '

O, it's the spirit of the poet's mind!
I've been rescued, my efforts blessed;
The light has come to these silent halls,
Wisdom garnered from my shadowy guest

I'll write a poem like he's never seen,
And when I'm done I'll take a bow;
The flame will be lit, his heart shall be mine,
The poet's spirit lives in me now!

Submitted: Thursday, December 05, 2013


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  • marvin brato (12/27/2013 11:47:00 AM)

    Beautiful description how poets compose poetry.... very refreshing and encouraging sentiments!

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  • Mike Barrett (12/11/2013 3:45:00 PM)

    Lora,

    Brian Johnston asked that I have a look at your work. I'm glad that he did - I
    loved this one!

  • David Lessard (12/8/2013 12:29:00 PM)

    Inspiring poem Lora. Here's to the poets of all ages and nationalities. May we write forever!

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (12/7/2013 7:28:00 AM)

    The flame will be lit, his heart shall be mine,
    The poet's spirit lives in me now

    loved it.

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (12/6/2013 6:48:00 AM)

    Yeah both lovers n poets wil recoil responding to dis fabulous inspiration. D spectre which is yor poetic imagination wil light yor muse for long. Kudos!

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