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  • Sylvia Spencer (3/25/2005 1:34:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I do hope that everyone on poemhunter reads this poem that I am now going to write. It is not one of my own But it is one I found in my own Poetry Data Base, date 1932 author unknown
    Kind folk
    What I mean by kind folk are the sort who never say that extra little bit that has the power to sting and flay.The sort who dont go probing to find out bits that we feel are pretty sacred and would rather let them be.

    What I mean by kind folk are the sort who give a hand, and then forget about it,
    and never hire a band to play their praises loud and strong, and let the neighbours know, just how much they have helped you, and just how much you owe.

    What I mean by kind folk are the sort that don't dropp out, when things go badly wrong and there's not much fun about.The sort who give their friendship with both hands full and deep, they're folk that you can reckon on safely your trust to keep.

    There aren't too many of them, but you'll meet them here and there.They're mostly
    plain and homely, with friendship that will wear.If their slow in coming forward,
    dont like any less for they won't tell you what they're worth, they'll leave you to guess.

    So what I mean by kind folk are those that are sincere, the sort who speak of absent ones the same as those quite near, the sort who don't go preaching about the good they do.You'll know them when you meet them-But, Oh, They're Mighty

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  • Mary Nagy (3/25/2005 1:33:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    O.k....that's a little harsh! ! I don't really have anything personally against haiku poetry, I just don't like it when somebody is using your poems to get their poems read. The person that does this does it to many people...I think it is truly annoying but that is just my personal thoughts on his behavior....not necessarily his style of poetry. He has a couple hundred poems///mostly haiku's and he obviously likes to write poetry but....just post your own and don't jump on other peoples coattails... I've never been to Japan or china and have no opinion on either...Sincerely, Mary

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    • Peter A. Crowther (3/25/2005 6:00:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I don't think his poems are strictly haiku. I always understood haiku to be three line poems with the syllable count: 5,7,5. Some of the japanese ones, by e.g. Basho and Issa are gorgeous just capturi ... more

  • Poetry Hound (3/25/2005 7:33:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Adam, you are yet another voice of reason. There are a handful of folks who rail against the ones, but the tens leave just as big a stench. People use them to say 'I support you' or 'Here's a hug.' They're not really saying that your poem is on par with Shakespeare or Dickinson, at least I hope they’re not. The tens pervert the rating system as badly as the ones do (The ones are given as a way of saying, 'I DON'T support you) . Fortunately, the rating system complainers are a minority. Most folks are here just to read (or discover) good poetry. And there are quite a few who are truly interested in improving their writing and are open to criticism. They may disagree with the criticism and think it's unfair and that's their prerogative. But at least they are open-minded about it. If someone takes offense at my criticism, I usually apologize (but not always) .

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    • Lenchen Elf (3/25/2005 8:36:00 AM) Post reply

      Interesting and valid point PH & Adam. The nature of this poetry board invites posting and comment from all walks of life, not all have formal literary naturally work is variable in th ... more

  • ***** ***** (3/25/2005 6:06:00 AM) Post reply

    surely one could only agree with that, Adam?

  • Scarborough Gypsy (3/25/2005 1:58:00 AM) Post reply


    That's great, I am so glad that you agree with me but why did you not leave any comments for Linda? Just curious.


  • Lare Austin (3/24/2005 9:50:00 PM) Post reply

    Hi Scarborough Gypsy...I just finished reading all of Linda's poems posted are absolutely right...she is a fabulous writer...very gifted...thank you for enlightening us as to her existence here as a wonderful writer...I thank you...


  • Scarborough Gypsy (3/24/2005 6:38:00 PM) Post reply

    Another great poet to have just joined this site is Linda Preston. I recommend her poetry to everyone. She really is very good.

  • Ali Khorvash (3/24/2005 1:35:00 PM) Post reply

    hello everybody!
    I want to suggest you read the poem: YOUR PHOTO by SHIRIN PARVARESH.
    I found that very very senseful and beautiful.
    Its rating is 9.
    so I invite you all too read it and submit your comments and vote.
    best regards

  • Sylvia Spencer (3/24/2005 8:58:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    poetry hound, thanks for the write up about my ripper yarn, that was a great yarn you wrote, in trying to tell me in more ways than one that the poem was crap
    I wrote that in a school essay years ago. the only LINES changed were the last two. may be my line of writing has not made a hit with all you critic's, but their are certain people who do like it, people who read (Dogeral) I think thats the way you spell it. I surpose people like you canot come to terms with this, and the change from classic poetry, well I can, why do'nt you ever say anything good about people, Oh by the way I would like to read some of your poetry Also I am not interested in how much money my country had made out of the 'Ripper' I also have another interest true crime, I have a lot more crime poems but seeing that my poem did not wet your appetite then they can stay in the loft with all the rest of the junk.

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    • Poetry Hound (3/24/2005 9:10:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Sylvia, Sorry if I offended you. I didn't mean to. I thought you wanted to hear criticism. So I told you the truth, at least as I see it. Someone else may see it differently and that's fine. No nee ... more

  • Scarborough Gypsy (3/24/2005 8:02:00 AM) Post reply

    Looks like I've been given 1's too.

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