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What Brought Forth Your Poetic Side?

My poetic side emerged during my IT yr as a result of a gut-wrenching heartbreak & way too much time spent in a high-rise overlooking the Atlantic on Marina after that & i ain't looked back since!

when & how did u discover your flair for writing poems & when d u write your 1st full poem (if u can still remember)?

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Who needs pictures…

Its still here, there and everywhere,

As days go by,

A new replay,

Flic after flic,

Clearer with every passing trip,

A step nearer with every return,

Impressions bolder in fresher re-runs,

Tiny goblets now river basins,

Floods in full flow,

Breaking free and running farther away,

Yesterday fitted into tomorrow’s today,

More precious than previous,

Yet loathed to extents higher,

Oh yes! Who needs pictures …

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started out pretty nicely. . . . cipher tight; good rhythmn, balance and flow. . . . but the end seemed to take much shine o'utta the entire piece. . . . got me wondering "what in the world is he yapping about!"

its good nonetheless, but u just got 2 keep the consistency. . . . . finish in line with the pace-setter!

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I have always been left befuddled by the art of poetry, seeing it as at best selfindulgent.

Well, I decided to make an effort. I am sure I have only grazed that elusive 'poetic side',

but if you don't like it, tough, take me to Judge Judy, if you like.

What makes a man

Is it the size of his wallet

or the width and length of his barn

Or is it measured by the number of welts he inflicts

on the back of his woman

or perhaps how many male backs he puts to the ground

or might we measure a man by the

length and girth of the pod hanging from his legs

or the decibels of the moans which his woman produces

or is it just the gift of the gab

and how many female conquests that obtains

or is it a spirit of the reckless

a thirst for danger

a mistaken brevity

a ready excuse when real men

make their early exits from this world

as real men it seems should

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I really can't tell.

I've been writing for as long as i can remember

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Doyin my guy, you try, couldnt stop laughing,

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Ok just for you Iwerebor

I will write a poem

Let's see how well I do

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I am not expecting you to call me at midnight to tell me you found it EVER.

Cos there is no such thing as poetic side. It's a myth.

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Really nice man. . . . . touching; makes me think of my own big sis'

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If wishes were horses,

Beggars would ride

If wishes were mansions,

in them would beggars reside.

If wishes were dishes, beggars would be fat,

Since wishes are just wishes,

Beggars are just that.

I guess what sprked off my poetic side was my big sis.

She is an incredible writer. And 1 day I thot 2 myself ' I can do that!"

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This work is like a supermarket. So many good things to shop from it. If I am allowed to say this.

I was very low on emotional energy at the time of it's inspiration/creation.

This verse stands out for me:

"My bones are rickety furniture

They bear my weight with complaining creaks"

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i like that good work

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[center]This is not my best but I like it because it's full of the mix I was talking about:

TWILIGHT ZONE

My strength failing

I clutch for support as I sink through the emptiness of air

Floor's indifference takes my fall and offers me pain

My breath escapes like a cat fleeing a burning building

In my skull, silence explodes!

I strain my ear to pick up the sound of concern

But activity has no time for me

I seek a voice to state my case

But my vocal chord strangles my cause

All these gets filed away in my memory

Which is already an overflowing archive of pain and hurt

I lie befuddled as everyone walks and talks

My prostrate form becoming a pipe through which resentment and bitterness course

I grumble that my life is a sweaty and screaming nightmare

Light fades as my thoughts take a walk on the shadowed track of despair

I lose my footing, on reason, on joy

Depression ambushes and coshes my head

I fall unconscious: coldness and numbness blanketing me

Happiness is not cold enough to revive me

I wake up later and unwind memories reel

I make a movie screen out of air

It ripples with images of the past

And reflects grotesque shadows of the future

My vision is so clouded

It's rainy season in my head

To control the flood, I grab a pen and write

Punctuating each line with a sigh

My bones are rickety furniture

They bear my weight with complaining creaks

In a crowded world

I manage to feel alone

Caged by fears, released by tears

I muse that if it was up to me, I wouldn't live

I would decide that it was easier to just leave

There are those who have it better

And those who have it worse

Neither better nor worse

I stand in twilight zone[/center]

Alfred Iwerebor (c)2006

WARNING:COPYRIGHT PROTECTED!

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A poem appealing only to the ears could be annoying at times, cos it gets to a point where its obvious the rhymes are forced, thats why the modernists poems are better engaging. Rhyme free and they dont make the poems sound like "whip whop" the Vanilla Ice brand of hip hop

Ruudie man, nice idea, like the angle you came from, but the blues and Hues sound forced, sound like a chelsea fan grumbling from a loss. Bluee, huee. new.

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A lotta works here lean too heavily on rhyme.

You stretch it too far and it goes slack. Just in case you are wondering what else can enrich a poem:

A poem should have an appeal for three main areas of the senses; ears-sound/rhyme, sight-imagery, feel-emotion . A proportionate mix of these will always produce a good reaction. Unfortunately, a lot of aspiring poets' perception of poetry is heavily tilted toward the sound appeal.

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Thanks gal, and later some sick american would say nigerians are corrupt and fraudulent, anyway love your poem, would want to know what the reason behind it is, dont want to say its heart break but it reeks of it, viewed your profile and u said you won in 2003 dats impressive.

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I normally write poems when I meet a girl I'm really fond of.  And if she does not send my text poems, I probably lose interest.  So, maybe I'm going to end up with someone with a poetic side, who appreciates my poems - that's if they aint whack. 

Ok, I share one of my earliest text poems with you, dear poetic friends

Darkest night, silent night

None to hold, none to fight

Dearest pillow, i hold you tight

To ever meet you, Odun, is to forever see light

Never out of my mind, never out of my sight

I owe you one thing, and that's to love you right

If you allow me, maybe I might

Maybe I just might

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[b]Love Is Dead!

If you search for love

And you do not find it

Search for joy

And you will find it

Search for peace

It is there for you

If you search for love

And you do not find it

Search for life

you will find it

search for all other things

And u will find them

Do not search for love

Becos "LOVE IS DEAD"

Search for the living

And not the dead

LOVE is among the dead.

Omolola Tonie Adebimpe Jimoh

Copyright ©2007 Omolola Tonie Adebimpe Jimoh[/b]

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Did you have to be there to receive your financial prize?

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Words positioned properly surely creates a thought for my penny. I have always loved beauty, best in poetry.

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wow! do i feel alive anytime such topics are discussed?

@ Poster.

Bros u do well.My poetic side? Hummn, let's see.It started when i was 17 in my year one. It was G.S 101 and we were told to write a poem about anything.I wrote on something about nature.It was acknowledged so i discovered that side of me. Though i'd always had a creative side, with drawings,crafts and all , but this latter discovery ,i stuck with.I don't limit myself to writing only romance.I write about anything according to how i'm inspired. Peace to my poetic dudes and dudettes i've always jammed on threads like this,people like Hansiborne, i hail o.And there are so many of you i'm still expecting to see here. Peace ya'll!

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Ruudie put some of yours up for execution, seems like its just moi n khaleefa that have lived up to your challenge are we all scared of folks stealing ourlines

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Easy man. . . i've got poems out here; not so hard to find just look at the ID on the first poster column!

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This have got to be the pick of the lot thus far. . . . very touching!

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@ Iwerebor

Not afraid to share at all, if memory serves, I think I've seen a few poems around here someplace.

Anyway, I recently shared one of mine. It's here if you'd like to read it:

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-69423.0.html

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freestyling gospel rap lyrics in junior high, didnt know i got that within me,

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Poetry, Poems, Songs, Plays you name it. The art of writing is letting out your inner self. Expressing that part of you that is not visible through the tip of a pen.

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Iwerebor may be i was about to do the Virginia Tech thing when i wrote it, seriously though the reason behind the strong or morbid metaphors as you put it, was that i was trying to put myself in the shoes of a broken hearted person. I imagined how i would feel, what i would do and how dificult it would be for me too let go of the subject, when i was eventually heartbroken i didnt feel as much as i portrayed it in my poem. Would like to see other potent poems.

enjoy, end of joy

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sprezatura,

You have broken the Jinx by being bold enough to post a poem here and it's an imaginative work. Though the metaphors are uncomfortably morbid.

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I had alwayz appreciated poems all ma life nd it was not a mere coincidence dt I started writing poems of just four lines when I was very young.

Right now I am motivated by my mood and situations around me. I love poems but its painful dt only my poems about love are appreciated I dnt know why ppl dnt appreciate d truth.

Most of ma poems follow a lyrical pattern and r rythmically.

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I actually like dis topic. Thumbs up

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@ All

I have been a poet all my life but I'll say I started writing poems @ about 13. A lot of time i write to comfort and encourage myself, and when I am deeply hurt until I express it in my word and world, I 'll never feel that relieve. I remember when I was about 14 and I was sharing a room with my brother (I dont keep a dairy ! but if you want to know my secret or all I am going through, open my poem book or search through my pocket/bag and you'll find that piece) I was finding it so difficult to hide all this from my older brother, so I decided to write all my poems in a language NOBODY could understand called TULEZ I wrote quite a number of poems in Tulez and guess what guys I still write some of my poems in Tulez ! Why? I am married and there are some that are just 4 me.

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i have always been poetic, writting gives me a definition of my values and life, it takes me deep into myself, sometimes it keeps me alive.i love the sound of poetry,i love putting words to paper.its pure joy!

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[b]well i will just say that i have been a poet all my life though i didnt realize it. love to write about things the way they come, when am hurt i write about it in a poetic manner refering to another person when i feel am alone i write to comfort myself cuz i have only me my pen and my paper. my family dont understand it they felt its strange that i will want to write when my mates prefers party but i dont want to party i just want to write and to be left alone in my world funny enough am studying computer science but i never let what am studying get in the way of my love of writing. when i wrote the poem "love is dead" everybody thought i have gone nuts but really i didnt mean love is dead if only they could read between the lines[/color][color=#990000][/b]

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Why are we so afraid to put out a few works rather than talk about it? It's routine on most sites to read people's drafts and actual constructions while they ask for reviews.

Almost all my works are in public domain. Plagiarism would actually be a compliment.

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ByTheWway in my vocab - d'unno abt what you was told . . . really love to hear the story, pls !

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@wifepenth,

hw do u mean. . BTW weird id u got; any poetry bhind it? ;d

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Back then i used to write bout everythng.gues i lost it.but now every day of my lyf is a poem i want 2share. My daily lyf is poetic

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I was inspired by a statement I once read in a poetry magazine. It went thus:

" Poetry is not a talent, just an acquired skill. It's anybody's art"

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my poems once started as a school project in 8th grade. it was a poem about a flying reptile called Pteranodon. since then I have written almost 1,500 poems. all topics/genra and I have a few published on a poetry website. I have poems based on movies/tv shows, poems about monsters, prehistoric animals, friends, trips, ghost stories, some in series, one poetic spinoff, etc. and as you had said, "I haven't looked back",

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