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A Poet's Tears
by Butch Howard

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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-no pain, no gain

A Poet’s Tears


These tears we cry are not in vain,
Though living life does cause us pain.
Life’s ups and downs will rise and fall.
But I wouldn’t change one thing at all.

We stumble through our starts and fits.
We shudder when deep sorrow hits.
Were we immune to adversity,
There would be so much we could not see.

Had we not touched -embraced our rage,
How could we pen our hearts to page?
Let bad and good come in their time.
Don’t fear the sting of pain, sublime.

If we had not both pain and pleasure,
We couldn’t know quite how to measure
The times of sorrow from delight,
Our lives would seem a worthless plight.

We were made to touch and feel the hurt,
Past loves once flourished –interred in dirt.
Yes, with our knowledge of loss and gain,
We’re well prepared to earn our name...



June 09 2006

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Reviewed by Tony Jenkins 1/18/2008
Pen our hearts to page. Well said !
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 9/16/2007

This is an accomplished poetic composition on the subject dealt. Its rhythm, poemization and lexis made "A Poet's Tears" a glowing page for a masterpieces' collector.

Long blissful creative life, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Rose Loya 3/17/2007
This is a beautiful gift to every poet/writer reading it. You speak so eloquently of the depth of emotions felt by writers. This really touched me.

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 12/30/2006
The pain that cuts stops at it's own depth. Here I am wishing and hoping that it stops before it gets too deep.
Reviewed by Michael Mathieu 12/12/2006
Well said. We all have our adversities in life.We need to learn from them.Great write.

Reviewed by Zahala San Simone 11/20/2006
I never thought of it that way Butch--but I suppose you're right. I don't so much write from pain (at least not consciously), but I often write from outrage, at the things I see going on around me.

This piece though touches the heart--and I agree with Richard--the finest gold is refined in fire.

Fine work,
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 11/12/2006
beautiful rythmetic poem...a poet's tears...cried many of them as well as penned them as you've written, it is therapeutic for the poet's soul, writing is a way of cleansing've captured it well my friend.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/12/2006
I appreciate the meaning of your verses Butch and as well, the form that you have chosen (rhyme and rhythm). Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Rhonda Drogo (Reader) 11/8/2006
Awe yes, without duality, it just wouldn't work. Lovely writing Butch and love the bike! R.
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 11/5/2006
Life has such a mysterious plan for us , Butch. Even when we set goals,design avenues, and make choices we fall victim to the joys and the pitfalls along the way. Sometimes we plot and plan only to learn from our mistakes or revel in outcomes. Fortunately, life offers us the opportunity to grow and learn and remain positive, and I get that positivity fom the message you have carefully penned here. All we learn and all we experience in life and love, elation and pain contributes to the glory and depth of a poet's words...without the experience and the willingness to share, poetry would have no meaning at all or would merely be the "hollow banner" borrowing Richard's words below. Your words are never hollow Butch...they come from your heart.


Reviewed by A PAX 11/2/2006
yes, gracefully put

expression does seed from many sources......
we are a strange breed lol

Reviewed by J M 10/31/2006
beautiful rhyme and flow and poetic voice.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/31/2006
It's true - gold is refined in the fire. And there will be tribulation in this life for all men, no matter what the pursuit.

Poet is a relative term unfortunately these days, and too many fly the banner over hollow shells of ambition ... hoping.

Light and Wisdom ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Anna M 10/31/2006
I found this very uplifting to read as your words seem very profound and true, thankyou

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