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When You are a Poet, the Words Will Find You

April 23, 2011

 When You are a Poet, the Words Will Find You

“Writer’s Block”

Poetry springs from the heart
the soul’s longing, emotion’s journey,
an observation –
pictures painted with words
with the brush strokes of a pen.

A poet can be taught the art form,
techniques, grammar, analogies, styles.
These things can be learned and mastered.
But the well-spring from which the words flow
is not regulated by a spigot
nor found in the bucket at the end of the rope
always responding to a poet’s tug.

When you are a poet, the words will find you.

When your heart aches,
when the soul longs in the night,
when you need to seek or hide,
when you see the feelings in the land,
The words appear like a haunting dream.
No need to seek them out.

Poets who search are anxious.
Words avoid anxious poets.

Rest.
When you are a poet, the words will find you.

Ray Brown

Consider purchasing my book of poems, “I Have His Letters Still” – Poetry of Everyday Life ($11.95).  Available on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/RayBrownAmazon or purchase an autographed copy at http://poet-ray-brown.com

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 5kidswdisabilities permalink
    March 4, 2010 12:57 pm

    What a lovely and inspiring poem!!!!

    Lindsey Petersen
    http://5kidswdisabilities.wordpress.com

    • Ray Brown permalink*
      March 7, 2010 9:16 pm

      Thank you. I am glad that you appreciated it.

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