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by Steve E Ralph
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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You call yourself a poet,

You thick, illiterate lout,

Oh, you string some words together,

Now and then, I have no doubt,


But where’s your poise? Your symmetry,

Your grammatical repost,

Your understanding of the rules of verse,

Without which all is lost?,


Oh, it’s true I suppose, once in a while,

Your words can raise a tear,

And sometimes your inane rambling,

Are pleasing to the ear,


But where’s the fire, the passion,

Of the Bard, Byron or Keats,

The picture perfect imagery,

Of bustling city streets,


The Knights in shining armour,

That rode so long ago,

Or the demons, dark and menacing,

Of Edgar Allen Poe,


Or Banjo’s outback stories,

Or Lawson’s city life,

How could you compare yourself to these,

With the rubbish that you write,


How dare you fantasise that you,

And your scribbling of a child,

In verse or prose, come even close,

To the likes of Oscar Wilde,


Your spelling is atrocious,

Each stanza, dull or bland,

And those you spell correctly,

To bizarre to understand,


You think perhaps that I’m unfair,

My criticism hurts ?

Well this my friend is how I feel,

When I look at my own work,




By S.E.Ralph





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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/10/2006
Dang......don't I know it. I'm the hardest on myself ("Bologna" comes to mind), I don't know where some of my poems come from, but they must be written, good, bad,'s folks like here, who take the time to read and honestly review, that makes writing worth it. :) Don't give up, and I like what you say here, very much. Well done, Steve!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Joyce Devenish 10/9/2006
Yes,I know just how you feel but you sure are better than I am.
Best wishes
God Bless
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 10/8/2006
Ha ha ha,it's perfect work,yours,always,and your humour,its tops!
Best wishes always to you and yours
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 10/7/2006
well done, poet
Reviewed by jude forese 10/5/2006
luv the black humor and inclusion of some major poets ... we are our worst critics ... and that's a good thing ...
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 10/5/2006
I enjoyed this very much, surprise ending and all. LOL Well done.

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by A PAX 10/4/2006
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/4/2006
A self deprecating poem set in beautiful meter and rhyme. We all have to remember who gave us this gift to begin with and not take ourselves too seriously. Wonderful expose' in the mind of a true poet.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 10/4/2006
Even poets can laugh at themselves and be their own worst critique. I'm a huge fan of the Irish poets too.I admire the wit here.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/4/2006

I really enjoyed this. I must agree " Critique " is not for everyone. I seem to be in the same boat as you. I hope it's not another Titanic. (lol) I like the humor, rhyme and the flow. Oh Yes! and the honesty.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 10/4/2006
Your ending came as a surprise. At AD we are not all poet lauraetes. There are a few who excel, there are others who are very good, and of couse those who are not. We will let others judge us. But we write for fun. I think you did very well with this piece. Victor
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