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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: The Life of a Poet
By Benjamin Graber
05/13/10


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’Tis not a trip of smelling flowers
And chasing butterflies,
Where fairy tales are coming true
And dreams are realized—

We have our moments tasting bliss,
But drink our share of pain,
And with a taste that’s more acute
We tread through the mundane…

’Tis not a journey finding praise
On every road we take,
Where souls find courage at our feet
And hearts made more awake—

We often have unveiled our heart
Only to be defiled;
We reach with hope to those around
But so often are reviled…

’Tis not a tour of palaces
Or finding treasure troves,
Or even discovering hidden lands
Where no one else can go—

Nay! If it was for a reward,
I’d give up poetry,
For far too long I sought a prize
That wasn’t meant to be;

The recompense we hope to find
Is the best that may be had:
That we may climb up rainbows
And get a glimpse of God.


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Terry R A Eissfeldt 05/20/10
So true
So well put
Amazing!
Brenda Shipman 05/22/10
I love the realistic picture you paint of a poet's life, or any writer's life for that matter. It's definitely not for the faint of heart! A few rhyme & meter glitches ("had" & "God" in the last stanza bothered me! sorry!), but overall, it flowed smoothly. BUT, also in the last stanza, I loved the main point you presented - "get a glimpse of God" - both for the poet, as well as the reader! Wonderful truth in this poem.
Susan Montaperto05/23/10
I liked this very much. It is very real and honest about writing. The ending was the best part. Thank you. Keep writing.
harvestgal Ndaguba05/25/10
realistic
creative
beautiful to read
I loved it.
Margaret Kearley 05/26/10
I love this and the very real truths you express! Well done.
Loren T. Lowery05/27/10
You've expressed the bitter sweetness of a writers (poet's) life. My favorite line: "That we may climb up rainbows." I think even 750 words in prose could hardly do that one thought justice. Thank-you, by the way, your writings and your comments.