s./j. goldner

Rookie (March 2nd,1984 / USA)

Born-Poet - Poem by s./j. goldner

you go to a nice grade school
an even nicer high school

you go off to a decent university
eighteen summers add one....

you fall in love;
get wasted, baked and burned—
have all the experiences that shape you into
the person you were all along.

coming back one winter afternoon,
you're spread across your rooftip
staring out into the blank waste
—hoping you were some kinda born-poet in the first place.

Comments about Born-Poet by s./j. goldner

  • (1/20/2009 10:41:00 AM)

    This is quite a lovely piece. (Report) Reply

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  • Jon Alan (9/24/2007 2:53:00 PM)

    OH I LOVE THIS POEM! ! ! ! What a great talent you have. This poem sums up a lifetime of following the masses only to discover you should have followed your heart! You are beautiful - I am deeply moved by this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (9/9/2007 2:44:00 PM)

    What's a meta-four? OKAY-testing, testing, how's that? (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2007 2:07:00 AM)

    Nice bio-in-a-nutshell. The 'rooftip' part makes a great metaphor.
    Nice work, once again.
    'i was gonna' be a
    but found i couldn't
    do it.'
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  • (1/3/2007 4:56:00 PM)

    'experiences that shape you into the person you were all along' is brilliant in this context. Your pen was on fire here. Realisation comes slowly, and yes it is often an unfolding of what we are. We're no blank slate in the first place, so the last line may be close to the truth in some cases. Very likely in yours. But you're honing that potential very effectively and very impressively. jim (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2006 7:42:00 PM)

    I don't know what to say except I like it. (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2006 8:29:00 PM)

    i enjoyed this poem..with few words you bring lot of experiences and finally on the rooftop gazing into the sky wishing to be a born-poet is just beautiful... (Report) Reply

  • (9/27/2006 3:40:00 PM)

    liked this one alot sus, ive often sat and wondered if there is such a thing, but usually i just give up and stare out at nothing, maybe there are maybe there arent, what does it really matter i guess. great work.
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  • (9/13/2006 2:15:00 PM)

    this is a solid piece if you've lived that type of life; the kind of life that only poetry could make sense of. and i disagree with brian. i think there is such thing as 'born-poet'. the piece doesn't understate the importance of life experiences- but the person you're morphed into was there all along. it takes a certain kind of person to really REALLY get this poem (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (9/5/2006 6:08:00 PM)

    Sus, I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a 'born-poet? ' Education certainly plays it's part, as well as life's experiences. Those are the ingredients, only after which each is partaken is the poet born. Great stuff!
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  • (8/31/2006 1:23:00 AM)

    your words within this piece shows your wisdom as well as much much talent I definitly enjoyed reading this poem from a talented poet, , , , , , , , , , Cecil (Report) Reply

  • (8/28/2006 7:37:00 AM)

    well and i would like to end it by...and this could be true, you were a poet but what does it mean not to be headed straight? Having to endure the pain for some obtuse reasons...maybe this life is filled with 95% of waste and 5%left to die (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (8/26/2006 3:25:00 PM)

    Excellent poem Susan----Melvina (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2006 1:28:00 PM)

    I agree.... no words of appreciation could match such mastery. You are truly a great poet already. (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2006 11:59:00 AM)

    i dont really know how to explain how i feel when i read this..so i wont try..but...this...is...AMAZING. try not to get a fatal disease or get run over by a truck or anything. i mean it. you cant die, i heart you too much.: P (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2006 6:32:00 PM)

    I see the dancer and the poet in you here. Very lovely read. (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2006 12:58:00 AM)

    This poet is much experienced than our expectations and facts, reality made wonders in realistic images from burning life (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (5/31/2006 11:54:00 PM)

    sus, real talented poet. kindest regards, john. (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2006 7:36:00 PM)

    A dark doubting poem, well-written by a true poet...maybe a born poet...let's not rule out the mystical. (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2006 10:30:00 PM)

    I hate to add a comment to this one - the others got it right. I particularly liked 'wasted.. baked... burned' - maybe it's just my private joke, not yours. And the disillusion, the sudden vision on the roof - straddling the ridge - whether symbolic or real, or both - carries the reader to an awareness that stuns - a piece that sears in the ending, mocks in the beginning. Very nice. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, July 3, 2006

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