The Poetry Skeptic

For the poetry skeptic…

poetry skeptic

 

 

I hear the click of your tongue

a poem, you say…

another one?

 

Why do you waste your days?

No one will read them

no one…

you say.

 

Perhaps…

 

Still I write them, anyway.

 

There is such magic

to be found

when words sway…

dancing into their proper space

language

a constellation, connecting…

with grace.

 

Whatever…

you say.

 

‘Roses are red

Violets are blue’…

blah

blah

blah

whoop-de-do.

 

Now therein lies the difference

between…

you and me.

 

‘Lol and Wtf’

 

I wonder, can you see…

how our language is running

amok?

 

We’re all in such a hurry…

twiddling thumbs across our screens

reducing beauty

to acronyms of life’s scurry.

 

So yes, I am inclined to write

‘another one’…

while I am quite certain-

my poetry has only just begun.

 

Melissa Hougard

I have always enjoyed writing as a creative and healing outlet. Although I am not a formally trained poet, I have found a natural inclination to explore its remarkable power and beauty.

I gravitate towards rhyming verse, free of any constraints, and strive to create an experience through sound, flow, and imagery. I am a writer at Allpoetry.com. and a proud Mother of two beautiful boys.

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Melissa Hougard

I have always enjoyed writing as a creative and healing outlet. Although I am not a formally trained poet, I have found a natural inclination to explore its remarkable power and beauty. I gravitate towards rhyming verse, free of any constraints, and strive to create an experience through sound, flow, and imagery. I am a writer at Allpoetry.com. and a proud Mother of two beautiful boys. Thank you for visiting.

20 thoughts on “The Poetry Skeptic

  • July 11, 2016 at 3:47 PM
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    Whimsical and wonderful piece – you’ve so joyfully expressed what we all feel from time to time. The life of a poet is a labor of love.

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    • July 13, 2016 at 10:49 AM
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      Thank you RJ, I’m so glad that you related. I appreciate your comment. 🙂

      Best,
      Mel

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  • July 11, 2016 at 5:22 PM
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    What a fun verse to read, Mel. I agree with Ralph – “The life of a poet is a labor of love.” Well done.

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    • July 13, 2016 at 10:51 AM
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      Thank you Phyllis, glad that you enjoyed it. It’s good to be fun, once in a while. Ha! Thanks again.

      Best,
      Mel

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  • July 11, 2016 at 7:54 PM
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    And don’t you ever stop writing another one Mel, your words and expression stirs hearts and indeed you are more than worthy, my poet. Its a shame so many undervalue this art form, because to me it is the epitome of expression in language: succinct, meaningful, often multi-layered and above all filled with the beauty of minds. You are a wonderful poet Mel, never ever doubt yourself. I’ve missed you. Nice to read you poetic mind again. Take care.

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    • July 13, 2016 at 10:57 AM
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      Thank you Tony, poetry becomes more and more awe inspiring to me at each attempt, and I am grateful to explore it. I just wish the people around me had a better understanding. I don’t think I could stop now…there is always more.

      I appreciate your support, it means a great deal.

      Best,
      Mel

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  • July 12, 2016 at 5:04 AM
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    Mel, poetry is the ultimate word art form. Society today in general may not appreciate it’s value but it is everywhere around without many realising it. Without poetry there would be no songs, advertising jingles, lullabies, nursery rhymes etc. It is what I prefer to read and write over all other forms of writing. Well epressed.

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    • July 13, 2016 at 11:01 AM
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      Thank you website manager, you are absolutely right, and I am so glad that you pointed that out. It is everywhere, and in countless forms. So glad that you appreciated the piece. 🙂

      Best,
      Mel

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  • July 12, 2016 at 11:29 AM
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    I quote the following:
    “There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets. Wordsworth defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings;” Emily Dickinson said, “If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry;” and Dylan Thomas defined poetry this way: “Poetry is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing.”

    I agree with Website Manager above me, poetry is everywhere around us. Many are inspired to attempt to write a poem with meaning and conviction, but only a few are true artists, releasing their inner souls, so those who read their words are moved like no other. Well expressed Mel, you are one of those who move a soul.

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  • July 13, 2016 at 11:08 AM
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    Oh I love these quotes you have shared, especially from Emily Dickinson , thank you.

    Your comment is more than gracious, and I am grateful for your kindness Vincent. Exploring poetry is a wonderful journey, and I only hope to keep on it.

    Thanks again.

    Best,
    Mel

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  • July 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM
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    Not sure how i missed this one, Mel. But glad I found it. Nice job and expresses the hearts of so many. Thanks for another job well done!

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    • July 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM
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      Thank you William, no worries, so happy that you stopped by and enjoyed it. 🙂

      Best,
      Mel

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  • July 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM
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    You write ALL that you can and all that you want to , It is our personal savior you know ! Very nice visuals too!…..Ed

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    • July 17, 2016 at 7:45 PM
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      Thank you Ed, appreciate the support very much, I don’t think I could stop if I tried. You are very kind. 🙂

      Best,
      Mel

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  • July 16, 2016 at 8:52 AM
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    I love your attitude in rhyme. Don’t ever stop writing poetry. I must admit there are skeptics, but there are many poetry lovers and I’m one of them. Bravo!!!!!

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    • July 17, 2016 at 7:46 PM
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      You are so right, and I am so glad that you do! Thank you Ruby. 🙂

      Best,
      Mel

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  • July 16, 2016 at 10:49 AM
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    I am not a poet of many years and had much the same experience as you. Once it gets in our blood it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks and it is just so great to have places like this to get them out there. Nothing quite like seeing a new poem we have written is there?
    Good luck and many happy hours dreaming them up!

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    • July 17, 2016 at 7:47 PM
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      Yes, Jackie and It is so nice to have someone that can relate. I am grateful to have a place to share it. Appreciate your comment very much. 🙂

      Best,
      Mel

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  • September 17, 2016 at 6:01 PM
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    These are the conversations that make me so secretive about my poetic life. Thank goodness I have the ability to find poets who love to write poems for whatever reason that moves them. It helps me feel less misunderstood. Jamie

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    • September 17, 2016 at 11:51 PM
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      I know Jamie…I feel like I must be some alien to enjoy such a past time. Oh well, when it’s in the heart what can you do? Thank you for your comment.

      Best,
      Mel

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