Poetical Contender

A thought inspired gives birth to form
Images follow and the pen begins to quiver
Writing flows forth with rhyming transform
Sonnet, villanelle or a couplet sliver
 
A need for expression with lyrical feel
Profound emotions in succinct detail
Straight from the heart it emerges real
From strong and savage to delicate and frail
 
Well-chosen words describe topic best
Without superfluous syllables making a mess
Supportive of getting things off of my chest
Of politics, beliefs and myriad thoughts of distress
 
Accommodating too of my love of earth’s scenery
Words take their places for describing its splendor
And of love, hate, death…life, growing and greenery
Endless, limitless…I’m a poetical contender

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Sharing this with Poets United:  Poetry Pantry # 111: http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2012/08/poetry-pantry-111.html

Gay Reiser Cannon invites us to write a poem on poetry at dVerse Poets:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/07/12/poetry-on-poetry/

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  1. yes you are…love the rhyme scheme in this…straight from the heart it emerges real…nice…mine may take a rewrite or two but…haha…poetry makes for a great vehicle…

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    • Oh, for heaven’s sake…I spelled “emerge” wrong! Thanks for using the word here, Brian and bringing it to my attention. Geez… 🙂

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  2. A poetical contender, indeed. Some really vivid imagery and lovely lines all through this. A thought inspires, then travels to the quivering pen.. nice !

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  3. In whatever form and shape, I like that it is endless, limitless ~ Lovely share ~

    http://a-sweetlust.blogspot.ca/2012/07/like-river.html

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  4. Simply beautiful!

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  5. How about a quivering quill ‘?
    Just happened to try out a red kite feather yesterday. The sharpening is what I find hard to accomplish, but they can be nice for calligraphy, especially on handmade paper.
    I liked your generous sonnet.

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    • I’ve always been curious about quills but never have given one a try..very cool that you are using one for calligraphy, Aprille..I’ll bet it’s lovely. And thank you!

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  6. Nice detailed process and sense of victory, worthiness clearly shown. I loved thinking of a marching parade with floats–a mummers parade– at “Words take their places for describing its splendor” which reminded me that your Ars poetica does not exclude humor.
    Great!

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    • Thanks so much for a very thoughtful comment..I appreciate that. And I do love a sense of humor in my poetry.

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  7. “Profound emotions in succinct detail” that’s where I feel most comfortable.

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  8. brilliant!

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  9. Splendid this. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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  10. Lyrical and lovely 🙂

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  11. Nice flow and expression of poetry’s creative process and outlet for our internal voice. I also liked the “contender” viewpoint. It made me think of a boxer fighting up the ranks, though I don’t think you have violent intent 😛

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  12. A wonderfully apt metaphor and I have to admit a soft spot for those ‘superfluous syllables’ 🙂 as polysyllabic words get me all a flutter.

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  13. Yes, poetry is a wonderful outlet… beautifully expressed!

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  14. Love the rhyme and metre

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  15. Thank you, Marousia

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  16. The rhyme and flow is so smooth and I read you loud and clear in the words and spaces!

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  17. ecology is powerful

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  18. I love it! And, yes, you are!

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  19. I so agree with every line and you write them so well. I have been fighting fatigue lately but hope to get back to more writing soon. The minute you wane your visitors seem to all but disappear. Your post is a ‘feel good’ thing to read. Thank You!

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    • Thanks so much, Renee..and sorry to hear of your fatigue. I’m facing more muscle aches and pain lately…being on the computer too much makes it worse. And how right you are, if you don’t keep up with consistent posting…bye, bye blogging friends. Oh well, we do what we can, right? And I’m especially happy if this post left you feeling good…a nice bonus.

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  20. Poetic ballad here – spot on and so encompassing. I loved the way it sang and sang of singing and singing of all aspects in our life, within and without. Wonderful.

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  21. Androgoth

     /  July 16, 2012

    It is always a pleasure
    to read your work Gayle 🙂
    Have a truly awesome
    Tuesday and be good 😉

    If you want to I mean? 🙂 😉
    BTW – I like your new pic 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

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    • Haha..yeah, I’m being good. I usually mind my manners pretty well. Thanks for the lovely compliments, Androgoth…for the poem and photo…and of course for paying me a visit…always love to have you drop by. xoxo

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      • Androgoth

         /  July 17, 2012

        You know, when I wrote this I hadn’t realised that I had made an absolutely ridiculous blunder on my own Space and I apologise sincerely for my error, I can’t explain it as it is not like me to mix up with my friends like that, perhaps I really should invest in some quality reading glasses, I do have some from over the counter but rarely wear them…

        To be honest I am long sighted and only use the spectacles for close up use when reading very small print, such as ingredients on a label when shopping and such. Do have a lovely afternoon and evening Gayle and again I am really sorry for my earlier mistake…

        Androgoth XXx

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        • Please don’t feel bad…that was not my intention, Androgoth. When having to respond to so many comments, it’s quite easy to mix names up…I did not take it personally and perhaps I should have not brought it to your attention. You are a dear…thanks so much. I have to use glasses for reading and work on the computer too…I’m far-sighted like you are. 🙂

          Gayle xoxo

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          • Androgoth

             /  July 17, 2012

            I know that you were not meaning anything wrong by mentioning it but I am pleased that you told me and that I was able to call into your Space to add my apology. Yes I do comment on a lot of Spaces but I am so far behind these days that it is a wonder that anyone visits my Space. I wouldn’t blame them either as I am getting too far behind on everyone’s now and my Space is Private so no idea how everyone copes when the Spaces are open to the Internet? 😦 Hey have a lovely evening Gayle and thank you for replying to this one my great friend 🙂

            Androgoth XXx

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          • I’m behind too…I don’t know what’s happened to my posting and visiting energy…it’s sadly lacking. I’m glad you understand…you seem to be in the same boat that I am. 🙂 Enjoy your evening too…and the rest of your week. I’m glad I didn’t embarrass you. Thanks for coming by again, Androgoth. xoxo

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  22. Quite beautiful, Gayle. I would like to put this on my FB author page, as it so lyrically and truly describes what it is like to be a ‘poetical contender’ … even in prose.

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    • Well thank you, Diane. I’m flattered that you would like to share this on your author page…go ahead if you would like. It’s posted on my FB page..you could share it from there or however you prefer.

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  23. You are definitely a contender, my friend. This was simply delightful to read. As one who also has a love of words, I am sure you have a terrific time writing it, too, yes? 😉

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    • Much gratitude to you, Corina, for your sweet words…I’m glad this delighted you. 🙂 And yes, you’re right, I did have fun writing this. 😉

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  24. What a pleasure to read this. In fact I read it twice… Wonderful! … I’m sitting here chuckling with it. What fun.

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    • Well it seems especially gratifying when someone reads something you’ve written twice…unless they just can’t wrap their brains around it! 🙂 Thank you, Jamie…that’s nice.

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  25. You are a contender indeed. This poem definitely defines the poetic process very well. Poetry serves SO many purposes for the writer and hopefully brings enjoyment or enlightenment (or both) to the reader!

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  26. Contender, yes!!! Poetry can release many things. I really like this

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    • Poetry has been a really nice way for me to share feelings, ideas, etc…and thanks for being one of my readers and enjoying this…I appreciate it.

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  27. Beautiful, beautiful line—

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  28. Love the rhyming style of this! And the title is quite clever 🙂

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