Joseph Anderson

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Poetry For The Common Man - Poem by Joseph Anderson

O muse of mine please work with me,
Teach me to write simplisticly
And I shall seek no grander plan;
Just poetry for the common man.

My idols, Dylan, Haggard, Frost
Wrote of things gained, things loved and lost;
Just simple words, but plain and clear,
Those simple words we all hold dear.

I need much help with rhyme and flow
And show me where the commas go;
Give me a deeper depth of thought,
'Tis not for fame nor glories sought.

I wish to write plain, down to earth,
Where all life's joys are given birth
And not concealed in mystery
Yet, glowing with much imagery.

This is my goal, please work with me.
Your help may set my writing free.
I'll never need a better plan
Then writing for the common man.

In tribute to Merle Haggard, America's
poet of the common man

Comments about Poetry For The Common Man by Joseph Anderson

  • Patricia Grantham (2/23/2015 7:35:00 AM)

    A very good take on the art of poetry writing. You have summed it up
    in easy to relate to terms. Simple, sweet and enjoyable.
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  • Ruby Honeytip (11/22/2012 7:04:00 AM)

    I have no choice but to keep it simple hahaha: -) You'll see if you dropp by! (Report) Reply

  • Onyeme John (10/14/2012 9:28:00 AM)

    I love this poem, it tell much more of my plight in poetry. Nice one Joseph. (Report) Reply

  • (8/31/2012 7:47:00 AM)

    Keeping yourself at a peak of your own is an endearing trait in you Mr Anderson. Your poetry is bereft of any tools abused otherwise. Keep writing sir and if possible share your reminiscences of the disillusioned world between 1939 and 1945 as well. Thanks a lot... (Report) Reply

  • (8/23/2012 7:40:00 PM)

    So good, so true Joseph; I'm a big fan of The Hag, have been for at least 35 years! Simply a wonderful poetic tribute to such a great poet, from such a great poet. Your words move me. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/23/2012 7:58:00 AM)

    Oh, how I feel one with your thoughts! Poems should be simple and rhyming for the common man to understand and enjoy! I enjoyed reading your poem! Excellent! ! (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (8/20/2012 4:45:00 PM)

    Great write Joe. Keep it simple and deep. (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (8/20/2012 8:29:00 AM)

    Completely agree with you. Let us express our ideas clearly with some good images inside and I like if possible to make it rhyme as well. Perhaps the more difficult part for myself is the rhyme. Your rhymes are very well chosen. I like this poem very much
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  • (8/19/2012 5:27:00 PM)

    Although at times I write a bit obscure a direct message always sits much truer and finds a chord with every viewer, it does not always have the rhyme but doesn't hurt if creative and fine and if not writing for the critics blind, but for the joy of conveying beauty and understanding to the mind. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Wynn (8/19/2012 2:07:00 PM)

    Right on Joe, Merle is the man. Love it. He read others words you know and sung them too. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (8/19/2012 10:50:00 AM)

    Wonderful poetry Sir, such a beautiful flow, your muse is already brilliant and a joy to read, . (Report) Reply

  • (8/19/2012 1:50:00 AM)

    You’ve spoken my sentiments. Love this piece of a gem. You’re messages are quite clear and readily received Joseph. It's always a pleasure to visit. Great work. Keep it up. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (8/18/2012 12:53:00 PM)

    Your muse serves you well Joseph, your poetry is wonderful and not just for the common man but for all. Very well penned. If you haven't already, you may like to read mine entitled ....... On Poetry, similar sentiment. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 18, 2012

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