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Poem TitlePoet NameCritique Given by Kimberly D Rowe-Van AllenCritique Date
What IfJoe GustinJoe, Love the imagery! Love the possibility. It immediately makes me think that love is ours just for a time, so we should enjoy it while it lasts. Thanks for sharing! Kim2013-11-04 19:39:09
Her SongJoe GustinI love this one, Joe! It is sweet and romantic, making me wanting be the "her" you are writing about. I love how you speak with such awe and reverence for her, and at the end, your last portion talks about how other beautiful things...flowers, turn toward her! Powerful. Such a sweet way to describe the depth of your feelings. Nice work! Kim2013-11-04 19:35:47
The MorningJoe GustinJoe, I like the imagery of this poem. I am so not a morning person, but it makes me want to be one...it arrives to greet me gently and sweetly and allows me to meld with and begin my day. Thank you for sharing. 2013-09-02 18:47:31
NatureMark Steven SchefferMark, This one is interesting and the imagery is great. I have this great vision of an ivy covered being moving from place to place, ever searching, ever hoping that she has found what she is looking for. Her optimism is never ending, and she has an endless amount of hope that the next destination will be that elusive pot of gold. Thanks for sharing, Mark.2013-01-21 20:50:43
ThornsJoe GustinI really like this poem. Makes me think of missing someone and although we know some of the things we miss are not great, we still miss them and long to hold them again, even if it brings up pain because that part of them comes along with the good. Thanks for sharing! Kim2013-01-21 20:40:52
Dead DaysJoe GustinJoe, This one is interesting. The third part throws off the flow a bit, but I like the idea. I am curious your meaning about the title. Did you mean the limited number of days left before death. I think we have all considered these thoughts as we get older and wiser. Thank you for sharing your work. Kim2013-01-21 20:38:43
Under Your SpellLora SilveyLora, Love this poem... I feel the longing, the reluctance, the pull toward what feels like an inevitable meeting and mingling between two people. I love how the work of another can give the reader gems that they can identify for themselves - so many lines here speak to me... Stop—I need to say I can’t be your one and only I can’t be the one whose name you breathe as if a prayer I’m not the one for all time No, no, I’m not the one for you This one touches me because I used to feel I could be this way for a certain someone, and now I don't think I have it in me anymore. Intense. Thanks for sharing your work. Kim 2012-01-31 07:57:22
When Crows Come CloseJames C. HorakJames, Interesting word choices and concept. I liked the work. Did you mean to mispell Promethean as Promethian? Just curious. I liked the imagery of the colors and glance of the crow, the comment about being a Promethean visitor, kindred to the vulture. Thanks so much for sharing. Kim 2012-01-20 16:45:45
On a Piano Bench in SunlightMark Steven SchefferMark, Again another thought provoking piece. I love music and tried to learn to play the piano when younger, but quit when I couldn't quite master "Home on the Range." I like this portion very much.. "I sat in the warm sun with a friend whom I had known before the cries resounded in the furrowed field, and I knew what it means, the rich man and the eye of a needle, the world’s gain, the line of silos and the wheat forever uneaten, and I wanted none of it anymore." Makes me think of time in the sun, with a special friend is worth more than all the world or anything we can imagine...that is what I take away from it anyway. Curious to see if I am on the mark, Mark? LOL Thanks for sharing! Kim 2012-01-20 16:21:32
Carving Wordscheyenne smythCheyenne, Beautifully done. This one seems to ebb and flow sweetly. I like the images of action throughout the piece, erasing, brush, kiss... I can almost picture the scene and the writers love, admiration, fascination for the subject. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. Kim2012-01-19 23:20:53
Missed Tearcheyenne smythCheyenne, Very powerful! Makes me think of a lament for a relationship that meant more to one person than the other and that person feeling that they still have a heart for someone who has moved on. I think I can identify - feeling like although I have cried a million tears over something, there still seems to be just a few more bubbling beneath the surface and threatening to break through. Here is my favorite line: "One day I wrote a poem for you put it in a bottle and cast it out to sea then I knelt and wept anew as it came back to me unopened" Such utter defeat as the author seems to make one last attempt, take one last chance to share their feelings just to find that they weren't even heard. That to me is worse than being heard and ignored in some cases - you want to know that the person at least cares to listen, even if they will not respond. Again, very strong piece for me. Thanks for sharing. Kim 2012-01-15 10:39:37
Upon RocksJames C. HorakJames, This is an interesting poem. I like the flow and rhythm. Not sure I necessarily agree about destiny being indelible, yet I can see that the change people make for their own destiny might have been destined in the first place! I like the visual of the flow of the river, and I see the water moving closer to the edge before tumbling over the side and crashing upon the rocks. I think of the crash onto the rocks as the inevitable end that will come regardless of the best laid plans. Thank you for this thought provoking piece. Kim 2012-01-15 10:31:53
...And You're InvitedSteve A Van AllenSteve, I like this poem very much. I am also found of repeating phrases to bring my message together, and this poem does that well. It shows a progression of discovering the path through to walking the path, and all along asking the person to whom you are speaking to come along on the journey. The work represents a change in thinking and life focus, which seems to be a good thing based on what I read. Love this part: My life renewed Focused and undivided There is my path And you're invited It's like you have a completely new start and you are on the way. You will walk the path, but you are inviting this person to join you for the ride. Very nice. Thanks for sharing. Kim2012-01-13 21:12:34
The DoveSteve A Van AllenSteve, Nice first attempt. The rhythm of the poem is a little off in places, but that's okay. My favorite part is the last portion: "But what is life Without the Dove? Which is the symbol of purity And everlasting love" Makes me think of that perfect love that always loves, forgives, is always there. It is hopeful that regardless of what is going on, the Dove, the perfect love, is ever present. Thanks for sharing, Kim2012-01-13 21:01:26
FriendshipsKay C StewardKay, Thank you for this...it is a perfect description of what a friend should be. Recently, I have gone through a lot and my closest friends provided all that you describe here. I also learned something new - the term acrostic - very interesting and creative. I love many lines of this one...destiny called our names - feeling as if finding that particular friend or confidant was preordained. Partaking in each other's pain - great imagery. Thank you for this work. Have a great day! Kim2012-01-11 08:35:11
The Pit PonyKay C StewardKay, Love this piece...I was able to see the pony and almost feel what was happening. You told the story well, and I love the last part about Destiny turning the tide - just makes me think that so many good things (and unfortunately many bad things) happen or don't happen just by pure chance. Thanks for sharing. Kim2012-01-10 00:51:44
Seek Escapecheyenne smythCheyenne, Interesting. I had to read this one several times to really find my way. Still thinking about it - almost think one more stanza is missing between the 2nd and 3rd one. The intermittent rhyming sort of threw me off. I like the imagery in the last portion, talking about dreams gathering up the hurts - I think of a dream being sort of like a large colorful cloth that helps to absorb and wash away the hurtful residue of the day. Thanks for sharing. Kim2012-01-10 00:48:18
Jewels Gleamcheyenne smythCheyenne, I like this poem - the imagery is strong, and that is what moves me most about this work. I can close my eyes and see the scene you have set here. My favorite part is: "A lovely scene like mirrored jewels gleam And fills my inkless pen with words again as the muse of my poet’s heart will dream A dream that writes a verse of swan’s domain" Great lines about the inkless pen filling again! Thanks for sharing your work! Nicely done! Kim 2012-01-05 05:03:32
Visiting the Old BlogMark Steven SchefferMark, Interesting work... I think poetry is about sharing what is inside, and if the reader can take something away from what you shared that is beneficial to them, whether it was the intent of the author or not, that is a good thing. Look forward to more from you...you have my attention now! Kim2012-01-05 04:56:03
Accustomed To The FireMandie J OverockerMandie, Very powerful imagery you have created here. Makes me think of how we choose a path and get so lost in it that it almost seems like the right one, when deep in our heart we know it can't possibly be! I like the lyrical rhythm of this piece as well as the imagery I already mentioned. I think it is something that certain people can relate to, when they have made choices that now seem completely unimaginable. Thank you for sharing this piece. Kim2012-01-05 04:50:17
Indescribably AloneMandie J OverockerMandie, First of all, I appreciate your efforts to deal with all the grief you are experiencing over this tragic loss. Not sure this quite qualifies as a poem...perhaps you might start some type of blog where you can share thoughts in this manner - it seems to fit that type of free form of expression better than in poem format. Bless you - I can't imagine how hard this is on you. Kim2012-01-05 04:46:11
On Our WayDeniMari Z.Deni, Love this poem! Simple, yet the sweet - imagery is great. I have this vision of two people in love jumping into a small boat, canoe, whatever and paddling along, seeing their own little island in the distance and hoping the waves won't be too rough when the get into the open sea and try to reach it. Love when a poem let's you take something from it and relate it to how you would perceive the world. Speaks to my former romantic sensibilities. Love the layout too - you expanded on what I think are the key points: It is a small beginning, there will be small trials along the way, and they are unknown but I am smiling and hopeful because I know we will get there and it will be home. Ship so little It gently over every ripple Uncharted Waters I am smiling I'll know this little ship is home Thanks for sharing - really love it! Kim 2012-01-02 10:13:57
To My ChildrenMandie J OverockerWow, Mandie. Very powerful! I can only imagine a small part of what you must feel. I am so sorry you went through such a terrible ordeal and I am glad you are doing something to help alleviate some of the pain you go through daily. From a poem structure, it sometimes goes in and out of rhythm with the flow of the words. I think if you placed some of the lines a bit differently, the thoughts might come across more clearly. On the other hand, the current flow also speaks to some of the kaos and confusion of the situation that one might take away from the overall subject matter. See below for what I mean about slightly changing the placement of the words Today I stand, twenty-three years later, to honor your life cut so short by the blade in my hand cuz I couldn't stand then as I can, now that I know it wasn’t my fault I was an innocent too deceived by the cult into giving up you. Thanks for sharing your powerful feelings and story. Kim2012-01-02 10:07:10
Colors of LifeDeniMari Z.I like the imagery of this poem... It is easy to assign color with mood and feeling, and your work does that quite well. Your words make me think of the turmoil that we all experience when are feelings are conflicted and every fluid. Thank you for sharing...I may go back and read the other if it is on the site. Kim2011-12-31 14:30:48
Breaking Out My Broken HeartMandie J OverockerMandie, Interesting points in the poem. I prefer a bit more structure in the phrasing so that when I read it the information flows with some rhythm, but the images are clear and powerful. It is dark and sad, so you accomplished your goal - the feeling of dispair and longing comes through quite well. Thanks for sharing your work. Kim2011-12-31 14:25:13
FaithKay C StewardKay, I like the simplicity of this short poem. I really don't have any other feedback - I think it works as is. I like the visual picture of that hand I can reach for and grab whenever I want or need to. Thanks for sharing. Kim2011-12-27 21:43:12
Just the FactsDellena RovitoI like this one. It is exactly as you say - Just the facts, as you see them. I think everyone can read a line or two and agree that it is fact for them. No suggestions - I like it just the way it is! Thanks for sharing.2011-12-27 11:48:17
Finding MeMandie J OverockerVery powerful! I felt as if I completely understood your pain, frustration and courage as you decided to love yourself in spite of what you were told and to finally find a way to be comfortable in your own skin. I think many people will be able to identify with what you are saying, and find parts that echo their own truth. Thank you for sharing. I liked it very much! 2011-12-27 11:39:25
Dark Night Under MoonlightDeniMari Z.I think it has very powerful images for the reader. I can see it written from the place of the person who experienced it, and also from someone close to her imagining what the experience was like. The start also makes me think about how one might relive the experience over and over - how we have automatic memory when we hear a sound or smell a familiar smell - everytime a loud noise was heard, it would bring all of this experience right back to the forefront. This line: "as if a silencer was on the gun from tongues before anyone had time to think." For some reason, the word tongues made me pause and go back and read it again several times - not sure I understand where you were coming from here. Regarding punctuation - it almost seems out of place to me in the poem at all other than the first word - just a thought. The ending speaks to the world never being the same and devoid of colors after the incident - again, very powerful. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. 2011-12-27 11:32:36
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