jim foulk

Rookie (july 7,1943 / des moines iowa)

No Poem Is An Original - Poem by jim foulk

No poem is an original
everyone who writes
poetry thinks their poem
was an original, it just so
happens that their poem just
surfaced to the top
of their mind first, so they
were able to write it.

Everyone has love, hate
compassion buried deep
in their soul.

Poets are able to bring
all of this to the surface,
to construct, add the words,
but it is not an original
idea, for the poet because
they wrote it now, it
becomes an original for them.

Who has not heard a song,
read a poem, story or book,
seen a movie and said,
to themselves, hey I had
that same idea.

Only thing is, someone else
brought it to the surface
of the mind, and wrote it first.
Even this poem I'm writing
now is not an original
someone out there
has this idea buried
deep in their soul.

So if you have an idea
for a poem, get busy
write it, don't wait,
or you won't write an original
start today,
don't delay.

wrote 2-2-07

Comments about No Poem Is An Original by jim foulk

  • (2/11/2007 9:14:00 PM)

    You're absolutely right, Jim. The creative process is a shared one - ideas, thoughts, impressions floating around in the ether to be picked up by the right mind when the moment is ripe and transformed onto the page. Who is it who said there are no original ideas and yet every idea is original? Very wise words in this one. love, Allie xxxx (Report)Reply

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  • Trade Martin (2/2/2007 3:02:00 PM)

    Jim, I hope all is fine with you....., this is a nice writing, and you make a very valid point, but they're are always some exceptions and though I don't like to boast, besides many other fine writers on the PoemHunter site, please check out a few of my latest. Most of them are concepts that have never been done or attempted by anyone. Best regards, T.M.. PS, I also totally realize that no one wants to write some of the ridiculous creations and silly stuff I write. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/2/2007 2:27:00 PM)

    Your point of view is very vivid and well expressed. Excellent write, Jim.

    Warm regards,


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  • (2/2/2007 2:10:00 PM)

    This is such an interesting point of veiw, it really begs the question..what is original?
    Wow..you really have thought this one out..great lines
    Love duncan X

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  • (2/2/2007 1:35:00 PM)

    some of the best poems, never got written or published. 'too late' arrived and buried them with the poet. that's why the cemetery has so much buried treasure. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, January 7, 2011

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