Raymond Farrell

Gold Star - 21,203 Points (02/09/1954 / Perth, Ontario)

When It Comes To Poetry - Poem by Raymond Farrell

When it comes to poetry
I feel like David
Before he went out to meet Goliath
Saul offered him his armour
His sword, his breast plate
His helmet, his shield
But in the end he refused
Saying he had not proved it
For he was but a shepherd
Not trained in the use
Of weapons of war
He took merely a sling shot
And five smooth stones
But any giant can be slain
By such a crude weapon
If the stone finds its mark
And I can offer
No grand words
No breath-taking imagery
I commend all
Who operate at those lofty heights
But I am just
A simple man
Trying to propel his point
By straight forward means
Along a straight course
Hoping to find the mark.

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Comments about When It Comes To Poetry by Raymond Farrell

  • Hazel Durham (9/15/2016 5:37:00 AM)


    You write in such a way that you make a connection with the reader straight away, beautifully written! (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (7/29/2016 12:24:00 AM)


    But I am just
    A simple man
    Trying to propel his point
    By straight forward means
    Along a straight course
    Hoping to find the mark.
    Excellent poem. Beautifully penned. Thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Sofia Kioroglou (4/30/2016 11:55:00 AM)


    Superb! Excellent penning! (Report) Reply

  • Mike Smith (2/22/2016 9:09:00 PM)


    Well deserving of the honor. Congratulations Raymond. A very nice poem (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 11:03:00 PM)

    Thank you, Mike

  • Kelly Kurt (2/22/2016 3:44:00 PM)


    I first saw this poem a month after joining this site. I was impressed then and am now glad to see it featured. (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 11:01:00 PM)

    Kelly you have really gone out of your way to encourage me, and plenty of others on PH, and I and I am sure others as well really appreciate what you have and are doing.

  • (2/22/2016 8:09:00 AM)


    Great poem. Enjoyed the creativity. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 8:17:00 AM)

    Appreciate you taking time to read it and to comment.

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (2/22/2016 8:07:00 AM)


    Smart poet can easily find the sensitive spot at the target end to shoot at using the poetic pebbles of his choice using the poem sling, making the target feel it. wonderful write. Congratulations for your positioning. x (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 8:17:00 AM)

    Thank you.

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (2/22/2016 7:10:00 AM)


    ...By straight forward means
    Along a straight course
    Hoping to find the mark.............. Such is the passion of a poet to penetrate the reader's heart. Illustrated well.
    (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 7:25:00 AM)

    Thank you for taking time to read and comment.

  • Soul Watcher (2/22/2016 5:54:00 AM)


    Well done Raymond, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2016 4:32:00 AM)


    A great poem reiterating the might of straight forwardness and simplicity. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2016 2:16:00 AM)


    You are more than a Sheppard when it comes to poetry.
    This poem is written beautifully.

    Congratulations for being chosen
    (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 2:45:00 AM)

    Thanks Sandra for your comments. I hope all is well with you.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/22/2016 2:04:00 AM)


    No grand words; living with the mude of life. Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Thank you Edward, you comment now and on other occasions is appreciated.

  • Rajnish Manga (2/22/2016 2:02:00 AM)


    The humility with which you have defined a truthful yet simple poem is remarkable. Congrats.
    But any giant can be slain / If the stone finds its mark / But I am just / A simple man
    (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 2:47:00 AM)

    Rajnish, I appreciate all the times you have taken now and in the past to read and comment. God bless you.

  • Bernard Snyder (2/22/2016 1:35:00 AM)


    Great write! You're better than you know. Congrats! (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 1:43:00 AM)

    Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement.

  • Abderrahmane Dakir (1/27/2016 11:11:00 AM)


    Awesome thoughts is in your great poem. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua (1/27/2016 7:44:00 AM)


    he refused
    Saying he had not proved it
    For he was but a shepherd
    Not trained in the use
    Of weapons of war

    oh poetry will inspired you
    thank you for sharing

    keep writing
    (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (12/11/2015 6:29:00 AM)


    Verily, a fine similitude..........10 (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (2/22/2016 8:20:00 AM)

    Thank you Abdulrazak for reading and taking the time to comment.

  • Nel Omofolarin (8/5/2015 8:10:00 PM)


    You have never left brilliant Imagery out of your equally beautiful poems.your use of simple words which are quite easy to relate with are quite plausible.this is another lovely write-up from you (Report) Reply

  • Ayman Parray (7/19/2015 7:22:00 AM)


    A great poem, Raymond. I have read this poem and I have cried, no more can I my feelings hide, oh how I wish that I had tried, to write something like 'When It Comes To Poetry'. Raymond, you have so successfully, wonderfully and brilliantly not only written about yourself in this poem but also about me and the thousands, maybe millions of others- writers, aspiring writers or people who simply wish to express themselves through this medium. The simplicity and brilliance of this poem makes me want to cry, tears of joy. Your poem speaks to my heart and speaks of my heart. Thank you sir, this poem is a life long inspiration. (Report) Reply

    Raymond Farrell (7/19/2015 8:04:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading my poem and for your exceptionally generous comment.

  • (7/18/2015 8:11:00 AM)


    A great analogy, the powerful moment on that road that changed Saul from the fighter to the lover.. Straight clear revelation into your new world of poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 23, 2015


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