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A Familiar Letter

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?
I'll show you that rhyming's as easy as lying,
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  • Earl Childers (4/30/2013 8:38:00 AM)

    I might be posting twice here. Sorry, I didn't know I had to create an account first.

    Is there a place online that I can read about who Sybil was in A Familiar Letter?

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  • * Sunprincess * (10/25/2012 7:37:00 PM)

    beautifully written love the rhyming and definitely will read a second time.. :)

  • Ibrahim Sambo (1/31/2012 5:22:00 PM)

    Long but enjoyable poetic definition of poetry.A lot inspiration lies in this masterpiece for he who aspires for poetic glory.

  • Carlos Echeverria (1/31/2012 2:35:00 PM)

    Move like Jagger
    of the Rolling Stones?
    No thanks; I'd much rather
    rhyme, like Oliver Wendell Holmes.

  • Manonton Dalan (1/31/2012 3:47:00 AM)

    it sounds like a grandpa
    talking to his beloved
    about haves, have nots,
    do's and don'ts of writing.
    very truthful in way so pipe
    it yourself
    it gives something to smile
    for cold morning. where's
    that rhyming tarantula that
    bit me? lol

  • Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (1/31/2012 12:56:00 AM)

    great poem. i like it very much.

  • Arek Star (1/31/2011 11:08:00 AM)

    This is a very inspiring poem, as I see, for new poets. It is definitely one of the best poems ever to be self made. But I think it might be a little too long.....

  • Stijn Ownd (1/31/2011 2:36:00 AM)

    This is one of the n00best poems is ever read

  • Joey Valenzuela (1/31/2010 10:23:00 PM)

    the flow, rhyme, and almost everything going soft and great....

    but i think presenting an idea this long made me bored....

    but all through it's a good artpiece...

  • Terence George Craddock (1/31/2010 5:42:00 AM)

    Yes an easy read but, oh how times have changed. Was not Alfred Lord Tennyson the last poet to achieve real wealth and fame writing poetry? Is
    'Well; imagine you've printed your volume of verses:
    Your forehead is wreathed with the garland of fame, ' such fame achievable now, unless the rhyme is sung lyrical, as so many poetic songs are. Does
    'Each morning the post brings you autograph letters;
    You'll answer them promptly, - an hour isn't much
    For the honor of sharing a page with your betters,
    With magistrates, members of Congress, and such.' seem realistic today?
    This poem is also wonderful for highlighting the changes. We need no address to comment on any poet on his site and communication is instant delivery.
    Anyone out there written a poem on this?

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