Walterrean Salley

Veteran Poet - 3,181 Points (Savannah, Ga)

A Common Addiction among Poets


Intoxicated by the inspiration
Of his trade—
With mental powers at work,
A true poet rarely sleeps.
His mind ever churning
With powerful imagery
That produces thought,
Sound, rhythm and gesture.
He molds with metaphor,
Shapes with simile,
And paints with irony—
To produce a beautiful symphony
(Like some great maestro) ,
For himself and all who would enjoy.
Little wonder he rarely sleeps.

© 2009

Submitted: Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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  • Rookie - 109 Points Tania Linsdell (2/7/2015 11:50:00 PM)

    This is so true. I keep a notebook by the pillow,
    Write it down and then sleep...
    Until I think of an adjustment to be made! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,267 Points Kim Barney (2/7/2015 6:04:00 PM)

    Well said! Well said!
    A poet's mind
    never stops,
    even when in bed! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 8,917 Points Rajnish Manga (2/7/2015 2:23:00 AM)

    The poem tries to catch the action going on in a poet's mind. He is always thoughtful, busy in his imagery, sound, rhythm and gestures and never asking for rest To produce a beautiful symphony
    (Like some great maestro) / For himself and all who would enjoy / Little wonder he rarely sleeps. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,019 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (2/7/2015 2:05:00 AM)

    Absolutely so. Now I can recall days and nights I passed with a churning mind inside, sleepless, perhaps like all other poets. Excellent thinking Sally. Congratulations and full marks to you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,384 Points Akhtar Jawad (10/25/2014 11:29:00 AM)

    No doubt love of poetry is an addiction. A great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (10/14/2014 6:55:00 PM)

    great thought about the poet and so true a writer must write his thoughts emotions (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,992 Points Frank Avon (9/18/2014 3:28:00 AM)

    Nice touch. An understanding of the poetic mind. I must be a true poet, for these days I rarely sleep! ! It's just as you say: my mind is ever churning / With powerful imagery / Sound, rhythm and gesture. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 386 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (2/10/2013 1:18:00 AM)

    Little wonder you have mirrored the minds of poets you being an addicted poet.! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,104 Points Valsa George (8/18/2012 6:49:00 AM)

    Yes very true, once we are in a mood, poetry becomes an addiction! ! The portrait you have drawn is flawless! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Heather Wilson (6/1/2012 1:20:00 AM)

    Oh, what an addiction it is, but would anyone want a cure? . such a great write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 259 Points Joseph Anderson (5/16/2012 10:06:00 AM)

    A ban on that old sleep robber. I bet some of your best arrive at night, mine disappear by morn- very
    thought evoking write. A10 yes! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 339 Points Danny Draper (3/25/2012 5:19:00 AM)

    This beautifully sums up many a late night and even lost opportunity for the sake of our driven outcomes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Gerardino (2/29/2012 12:04:00 PM)

    And paints with irony, , i see this well...........very good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kipper Stagg (2/26/2012 3:02:00 PM)

    Poetry is also an expression of our inner thoughts and feelings, life’s lessons learnt from a tender age. Yours is a great poem and well written and a true interpretation of life!
    Many thanks (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 128 Points Ahmed Abomahfouz (2/26/2012 11:10:00 AM)

    the poem is strong enough to mark it by 10 (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,041 Points Denis Martindale (2/17/2012 8:34:00 PM)

    You may like this poem:

    http: //tinyurl.com/the-impatient-poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 138 Points Spiritual Seeker (11/1/2011 6:02:00 AM)

    Very truly said......nicely penned! A great 10. Pl read my 'My Poetry' and
    'This Passing Time'. Thanks.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Saju Abraham (3/13/2011 12:50:00 AM)

    You have used some wonderful expressions here to depict a poet. I can vouch for at least one thing about what you said, namely that I hardly sleep. Enjoyed reading this one. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Kranthi Pothineni (12/14/2009 10:40:00 AM)

    Beautiful thought. Wonderful write. Eloquent flow. Perfect craft. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 836 Points Sadiqullah Khan (12/8/2009 4:41:00 AM)

    True.................... (Report) Reply

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