This Poem was Submitted By: James C. Horak On Date: 2007-01-14 14:50:44 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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Tried and true are not the thing    intended up by bard to string Along the might of word and song    taking every drift of meaning along. And when it's said and when it's done    only one conclusion comes among The diligent mind that seeks the thing, I am not right, I am not wrong    I am poet with my own song. 

Copyright © January 2007 James C. Horak

This Poem was Critiqued By: Dellena Rovito On Date: 2007-02-07 16:35:35
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.81818
James, This is a winner. I believe we are taught to hear/accept and then conclude on never question. You seem to be the exception. Much later in life I finally 'see' past some of the untruths. Rose colored glasses I've been looking through. I always thought badness was the exception, and not the 'rule'. You are a diligent mind, you are much blessed. Dellena

This Poem was Critiqued By: Claire H. Currier On Date: 2007-01-22 16:50:57
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.86364
Indeed you are poet, and I love hearing you sing your song..........this one certainly does 'sing' as a song should, Fitting title as well and once again, I thank you for sharing with us. God Bless, Claire
This Poem was Critiqued By: Tony P Spicuglia On Date: 2007-01-15 15:52:25
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
James I do like this piece; poetic preference aside. What strikes me is the credence given the inspiration of poet. Your stress on “diligence” is such an underdone item in today’s poetry. Although, as you know, I find great value in “tried and true” forms as I do in innovation and personal style- no matter the result, it is in editing that the diamond emerges from the stone. You last stanza grants virtue to the individuality of the poets creation, nevertheless. I am accustomed to reading poetry aloud, and the meter in this is manageable. In my edits I would make a change something like “take each meaning that drift’s along”, and “one conclusion comes among”, but as I said, it reads well anyway. If it interferes with a pattern, let me know, I tried to find a pattern, but was found lacking. Thank you for a fine view into the “poet”.
This Poem was Critiqued By: marilyn terwilleger On Date: 2007-01-14 17:03:36
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Hi this is you anthem? It is very well penned, terse, and to the point. Not a single one among us is always right or always wrong but I do believe that poets are more sensitive than most....that is our curse. Perhaps cuse is the wrong word maybe it is our song as you have so poetically stated. I like your presentation of this poem and the rhyme is musical and a pleasure to read. I think you have written this with great passion and emotion and I feel a little pathos inside the unwritten lines...or maybe that is just me. So be diligent, my friend, and sing your motet...that is who you are. Well done. Peace....Marilyn
This Poem was Critiqued By: Lora Silvey On Date: 2007-01-14 16:54:18
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Bravo James, Poetry is like any art, really no right nor wrong, all depends on the artist, the reaction that is elicited from the viewer; everyone views things differently. Yes, of course there are the basic mechanics for poetry, art etc. (I've always felt rules are to be broken) just the same fundementals or no, I still like purple cows, and I like your song. Great cadence and fun to read. best, Lora
This Poem was Critiqued By: Mary J Coffman On Date: 2007-01-14 15:52:52
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
James, I love the softness, and honesty of this beautiful write. So much said with so few well chosen words! Both the presentation, and the cadence, make this poem almost "song-like," as you probably intended. Therefore, to that I say "Success!" Despite the slightly uneven meter, this flows ever so smoothly off the tongue ( I read aloud!). Love how you separated the last two lines, as well. Never a truer statement each their own. Love the AaBb rhyme scheme (none of it seeming forced at all), and how you slipped in that third line, in the second verse, without so much as a "trip." Kudos, James. Short, and succinct, with a wonderful message within. Goes on my list! Thanks for sharing this wonderful work! Always, Mary
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