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Have four great children, three special grandchild one born 5/24/96, another 7/11/03, and the last 9/10/04. Moved to a new home in December 2002 and getting back to poetry. Time isn't on my side, for there never is enough of it.

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Poem TitlePoet NameCritique Given by Thomas H. SmihulaCritique Date
Country SongsMarcia L McCaslinNice to read something from the heart. Music can do that to us make us reach for meaning and possibilities. Enjoyed the read thanks for posting.2014-10-20 15:14:45
TimeJoe GustinOur minds do play with the past which becomes the future when you let it...Thanks for the read. If you don't mind I am going to place a poem I wrote called Time not a love poem like your though. Await your response.2014-10-20 15:12:33
PreyJoe GustinAnother of your feelings of love and emotions...someone capturing you and devouring your inner soul...Good job.2014-10-20 15:10:25
Give Yourself A BreakDeniMari Z.DeniMari I like the thoughts expressed yet the flow seemed off to this reader. I paused when I didn't want to and expected one but the words continued to move on in other parts. Good example for me was "Be Honest!" in thus game never feel, any meaningless shame... just a thought. Thanks for sharing.2011-09-04 19:29:12
Love vs WealthJessie L CarderYour feelings are shown well and the structure maintained. Some flow problems for this reader going from wealth to the stealing of the heart. I would have liked to see either one expanded on with the removal of the other. Just this readers thoughts...Thanks for sharing.2011-08-21 17:43:40
Landing SpaceDeniMari Z.Thoughts to focus on some of the best poetry written in this manner. Excellent job you have my mind working on this one. Thanks for sharing as always. 2011-08-21 17:38:41
SpacesMark Andrew HislopMark this is an excellent way of showing your feelings, it has been almost two years to the day since I last critiqued a poem and it happen to be yours. You have not changed your delivery and that is a good thing since you write so very well. Thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 16:03:22
To Stand in TruthMandie J OverockerJust an observation...I use to do the same thing try and always rhyme when we do we sometimes lose the reader. Prose has many forms not always rhyming it is what gets across to the reader that is important and sometimes it is a thought you must let loose without any need of one reflecting on it. I feel you try to hard at times to make a verse rhyme throughout. Quantity is not what one should try to achieve but what is deep within ones thoughts and only the poet will truly understand this. I know I went on and on but I have never been known not to speak my mind. Thanks for submitting. 2011-08-19 15:59:13
ListenMandie J OverockerThis one has the depth I look for in poetry. It uses the surroundings to focus on a thought. Your best piece I have read so far this month. Well done.2011-08-19 14:26:57
Speak Your TruthMandie J OverockerI see your thought with this poem but the stanza with 'or their game buy' lost me in the structure. Like how each stanza rhymed on each line very difficult in getting a thought across when you do this but you were able to and this is good. 2011-08-19 14:24:55
Caught UpLora SilveySacrifice shown throughout all that one needs is to look. Well done Lora thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 14:19:12
Owls and Ravenscheyenne smythLike the structure, the thought, the depth of feeling within this piece. Some areas were a little rough in sound but the voice you spoke with made up for it...Well done.2011-08-19 14:17:24
From WithinMandie J OverockerLike the style here and it might go along with music...thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 14:12:30
Bang! Bang!Mandie J OverockerReally like the rhyme except in the first and fifth stanzas. Noise and voice seemed to make me stall and cat and tad brought me to a stop. Otherwise I felt the rhyming was complete and the structure well formed. Thanks for sharing...2011-08-19 14:10:20
PerspectiveKenneth R. PattonLike you I have been gone but probably longer than you..nice to see a well structured poem and a need to feed....thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 14:04:47
Wolf Eye CryMandie J OverockerVery well done and an enjoyable read..like the rhyming in this one my only suggestion is to break the last two lines out since they to not follow the rhyme of the entire piece...gives it more subtle feel if you do...thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 14:02:48
I'll Never KnowMandie J OverockerConsider the flow it seemed to get lost for this reader and felt your were writing to just write not to express the depth within..Sorry just my take.2011-08-19 13:59:51
Fantasized RevengeMandie J OverockerBut who is the troll? Must be something behind the thought. Still nicely done.2011-08-19 13:57:14
Heavenly ConnectionsMandie J OverockerLost within the rhyme in the last stanza, this through me off. Would like to see more depth and meaning presented by having a conclusion..Thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 13:55:32
Songbirdscheyenne smythNice love poem with a touch of music of the birds. Would like to see more depth though...Still very well done.2011-08-19 13:51:12
Why?Mark Steven SchefferI see your growth and observations well..truly you have found some answers. Thanks well done.2011-08-19 13:49:07
On the Death of a Minor Poet LaureateMark Steven SchefferFor me it is reaching yet there are no answers....thanks.2011-08-19 13:45:56
Rantings of the Divided Mind, Part VMandie J OverockerGood use of rhyming and structure kept in place...well done.2011-08-19 13:43:37
Trouble in ParadiseMark Steven SchefferLike always a poem to contemplate on...thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 13:40:45
Recovered SoulMandie J OverockerLot of depth well done....thanks for sharing.2011-08-19 13:38:41
Y......DeniMari Z.DeniMari, So sorry for your loss and your right they never leave for they are buried sometimes on the surface of the mind, other times deeper when other love ones are around. The key to being is not what is lost but what was gained when they were here with us. Each memory had a purpose and we grow from it for it was truly a blessing to have experienced it. Each grandchild is special for they are the circle that is part of you so take him with you when enjoying them. Heartache is difficult to deal with and I hope it will dimminish, remember they never leave they are within. Thanks for sharing, Thomas 2009-07-29 09:20:29
"HE"DeniMari Z.DeniMari, Well thought out piece and especially the ending with the eternal thought within. The words are easy to follow and the picture painted. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.2009-07-29 09:04:06
SquatterDellena RovitoDellena, Really enjoyed this piece for nature can be shown in the way individuals act. To hide and hope to not be seen is truly shown in this poem. Well done. Thanks, Thomas2009-07-20 10:35:08
IntowardsJames C. HorakJames, A piece that one needs to focus on. Many individuals think that change can be made yet they only use it to move themselves forward not for the best of most. Each has a different viewpoint on this subject and each is correct for themselves. Yet I feel you are asking us to forget about changing the way things are and except them as they come. If this is what you meant then you achive your thought on this reader. Well done.2009-07-20 10:32:58
My Votes for JuneJames C. HorakJust realized that one can not change the order of votes within the month is this why everyone is showing there points spread. Thanks, Thomas2009-07-20 10:27:35
The unpunishedMark Andrew HislopMark, Expressions voiced upon the ancients and how it might relate to ones ownselve is what I see in this poem. This requires the reader to ponder on the words and read it again to solidify the thoughts. I liked it. Thanks, Thomas2009-07-20 10:25:03
WatermelonDellena RovitoDellena, I assume grapes off the vine is what we are discussing here. Each generation looks at them differently, my grandchildren look to them as sweet snacks, my children as something healthy, and the older ones a form of refreshment. Just some thoughts. Thanks, Thomas2009-07-20 10:16:10
Leftover PiecesDellena RovitoDellena, Your first part of this piece brought me into the poem but then the rythme faded. Seems like one portion overflow, left, and confort made me feel as if a break between lines was needed. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing.2009-07-20 10:13:09
June VoteDellena RovitoI noticed that everyone is doing this not sure why but at least it lets one know how one voted. 2009-07-20 10:09:49
My June VotesDuane J JacksonIs this something new that individuals are doing? Just curious. Thanks Thomas2009-07-20 10:00:00
You're Only My Friend........WhenDeniMari Z.DeniMari, Interesting piece although I like the second part best when you focus on yourself and the feelings hidden within. The move from the first to the second part made me feel like it was two poems put together but that is only this persons feelings. Thanks for sharing.2009-07-20 09:56:06
Anti-MundaneJames C. HorakJames, Can see the hand stirring then completion and destruction upon waking up to what has been finished. A duration in time is what I liked most about this piece. Thanks for sharing.2009-07-20 09:52:32
Either WayDellena RovitoDellena, Interesting theme to show time passing and growth of oneself. Short and to the point. Thanks for sharing a thought and expression of feelings. Well done. 2009-07-20 09:48:29
Tears in Decembermarilyn terwillegerMarilyn, You paint a picture and give us the month to focus on this season. This is an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing, Thomas2008-01-07 11:39:29
Heaven's Moonmarilyn terwillegerMarilyn, It is always the season for these thoughts. We should focus on his spirit daily and be thankful for what we have. This piece makes me think about the material things that have become part of the season and how so many other cultures have focused on what you have presented. Example the Sixth of January where many celebrate the three kings bringing gifts to the child that lay in the cradle. Thanks for sharing, Thomas2008-01-07 11:36:16
UnmaskedMary J CoffmanMary, I love the way you broke this apart and gave us the scenes of this life within this individual. You presented it well and the format, font were great. Again you guide the reader and make them ponder upon the scenes displayed. Well done as always. Thanks for sharing this enjoyable piece. Thomas2008-01-07 11:30:11
When I DieMichael BirdMichael, This is the second of your poems I have read this month that shows me life beyond. In this piece you take the opposite approach instead of one leaving you but you leaving them. I like both venues. Well done. Thanks, Thomas2008-01-07 11:25:32
BUFFY'S SONG AND RISING ABOVE IT ALLMark D. KilburnMark, I do see the rhythme within this piece. My only suggestion to this wonderful lyric is to place the parenthesis part above the 'Love list us up, ...' portion of the poem. Well done, Thomas2008-01-07 11:20:00
Guilt RiddenDellena RovitoDellena, You have a strong statement within this piece. Poetry gives us all the opportunity to voice it like you have so elequently. For me since I have been in war, have viewed other cultures, and raised four children, each way has a delicate balance. There are minds that have no recourse, there is evil that resides from within some, and there is no consciousness made in the thought process before acting in some cases. There is no clear answer just a society that acts in favor of the right side at least these are my hopes. Thanks for sharing a piece that makes one think. Well done. Thomas 2008-01-07 11:12:39
Good VibrationsDellena RovitoDellena, Depth within so few words this is the type of poetry that I enjoy making the reader contemplate. Well done, Thomas2008-01-07 10:59:58
On White Winds of Winter...Mary J CoffmanMary, I enjoyed the easiness of the flow and the gentle way of moving the reader through this. My only recommendation on this well written piece is to remove some of the triple and quaddruple spaced lines. Well done, Thomas2008-01-07 10:54:11
Happy Birthday DebMichael BirdMichael, You have shown us a binding between two that will never be broken only the ends are distant and soon will be entwined again. Well presented and I like the format as well. You speak from the heart. Thank you for sharing your moment with us. Thomas2008-01-07 10:50:54
The AwakeningDebbie SpicerOutstanding piece Debbie. You have removed the surface and opened the gateways to understanding and life. Well done is all I can say. Thomas2007-12-07 09:31:48
The GatewayMonica ONeillI feel the depth and the memories within this poem. It is truly a reflection of times missed yet knowing there will always be a place to feel the past. Well done, Thomas2007-12-07 09:29:41
WhispersRene L BennettYour first line is great grabs the reader into the sound and vision seen. Some never get the chance to hear the meaning of the echoes and thoughts that are felt inside as the wind blows. These first three lines again capture this reader, the next two for me and again that is only me felt out of place yet I will have to read deeper to make sure of the meaning since maybe I am only looking at the surface. The last two lines are great again as one stands still reflecting upon the moment felt. Well done and enjoying to read. Thomas2007-12-07 09:26:43
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