At Podium With Water in a Cup

At Podium With Water in a Cup
At Podium With Water in a Cup

At Podium With Water in a Cup


Some news to those who stood by my fine art

through these years of struggle filled with trouble

to stop digging into years of rubble

and forget aching from my beating heart.

What are the chances for this Poet’s Play

one day to give a talk in Tennessee

on the importance of living to be

will crowds find pleasure in what I will say?

Here at this podium so I may live

one eye can see the post after a post

to hope this feast of words will fill you up.

When giving is all I have left to give

and sharing passions delight coast to coast

at podium with water in a cup.


Each reader relaxed awaits a prize

whether or not a reader reads a lot

but spends ones time in action based on thought

and find some joy in reading to be wise.

“Significant and pleasing to them too”

to confine a surging rabble with words

and cage them as a flock of hungry birds

tonight my words are spending time with you.

With posture wish to bring these viewers close

to try for an avalanche of upward thumbs

enough to feed the world through a famine.

Let every reader take path they choose

to count their blessings when the morning comes

never too hungry to not imagine.


I am a director of storyline

a story bringing dueling crowds to see

to meet me under exciting Marquee

while hostess brings out the spirits in wine.

Violence from the main stays of these crowds

a play to bring this violence to the streets

or longer list of life’s various feats

the drama driven tumult to the clouds.

“To get a ticket almost break thin necks”

then yell from stands “please poet” once again

to bring the heavenly silence of verse.

For a moment we are not wretched wrecks

but civilized engineers of Quatrain

an ancient drama or family curse.


Let our love combine with friendship to nurse

what lies within your breast in quiet hour

our collaboration is our power

even if performance is short and terse.

Sometimes these words are clumsy at their best

when swallowed by savage moments power

to feel the blessings of public tower

an open door to everyone as guest.

These years have past and practiced perfect form

to open like a flower here on stage

these many acts of pleasant expression.

This performance is shelter from the storm

our lives are genuine from age to age

with hopes a life will leave an impression.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

7 thoughts on “At Podium With Water in a Cup

  • March 17, 2022 at 10:40 AM

    A ‘thumbs up’ on this piece, Jamie. I love how you opened yourself to your readers with hopes of knowing you have done well. Well done indeed, Jamie!

  • March 18, 2022 at 6:41 PM

    Your poetry is always expertly written and inspiring, Jamie. Thank you for sharing.

  • March 29, 2022 at 9:14 PM

    So well written. Splendid!!

    I really like how you wrote these lines:

    “I am a director of storyline….while hostess brings out the spirits in wine.”

    Thanks for sharing, Jamie.

    Stay blessed and happy!!

  • May 23, 2022 at 8:08 AM

    Inspiring lines for those of us who like to write poetry, or just like to write!
    Well done.


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