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Poem That I Write

by Linda Rivenbark 3 months ago in slam poetry · updated 3 months ago
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Where, Oh Where, Did you Come From?

Poem That I Write
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Poem that I write ,

Did you come from me?

Or were you in captivity,

Longing to be free.

Did I make you up?

My brain child could you be?

Or were you in the stream of life

And only flowed through me.

I must be very quiet

Or you will not come my way;

But once you fall upon the page ,

I know you’re here to stay.

Sometimes you do amaze me

With your beauty, wit, and power;

And I know I cultivated

But did not create your flower.

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Poem that I write ,

I’m glad to give you birth;

But it’s the source from which you came

That really gives you worth.

Note: I wrote this poem years ago in a blank journal I kept my poetry in. After several moves and relocations, I seem to have lost the original copy, but the words came back to me and I wanted to share it.

I have often felt, when writing a poem, that it was being dictated to me and I was merely the transcriber. Other times, I have "heard" the words to part of a poem but did not write it down. Later, I would see almost the same, exact words published by another writer.

That is where I got the idea of poetry being in the 'stream of life', destined to be written - if not by one poet, then by another. It is always a joy to be the one through whom a poem comes to life!

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About the author

Linda Rivenbark

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Make some light.” –  Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

Writing and loving it since I was a third grader.

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  • Babs Iverson20 days ago

    Fabulous!!! For me, it is very relatable. Thoughts and ideas appear from nowhere.

  • test21 days ago

    I don't get it.

  • Dawn Saloisabout a month ago

    I love this! I have had the same experience with the majority of the poems I have written. I have also made a very similar comments about writing poetry. Very relatable and well done.

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Beautiful words.

  • Rick Henryabout a month ago

    This was very interesting. The poem itself was great but the comment after the poem was deep and reflective.

  • Mariann Carrollabout a month ago

    Wow, amazing. The words came back to you. That is really a gift and talent you have. Beautiful poem 🥰🌹

  • I loved this

  • I feel the same way too sometimes

  • C. Rommial Butler3 months ago

    Very well expressed. I often feel I am the purveyor of something beyond myself as well, but ultimately, it's just me staring back from the mirror.

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