Learn More

Debra Kay Robinson

Rookie (Sioux City, IA)

Critics, Teachers and Mentors


Critics, unlike teachers and mentors
Use their words like sticks of dynamite, creating carnage.
Boisterous tornados,
Mindlessly ripping through trailer parks
Where nonconforming poets reside—
While attempting to hone their craft, despite their souls being buried
In the rubble of your irreverence.

The critic's singular mission, hell-bent on denying creativity,
As if the act no worse
Than removing the decorative stones and features from abandoned structures—
Repurposed
Urbanized
Contemp orized
Attempting to subjugate the heart of the poet
Exacting their will, through the power of their words.

Camouflaged egos in mansions of self-importance,
THE EXPERT—
Among experts
Attempting to build their reputations,
On the backs of those who labored and toiled
Failing to recognize their own vices.
Concealing rocket propelled grenades
Awaiting the opportunity to launch
Cowardly acts of literary terrorism.

Indifferent to the attempts of sabotage,
The spirit of the poet endeavors
Laying their words to paper, a deed of conveyance
To the teachers and mentors, those who encouraged and inspired

The poet's voice.

© June 18,2014

Submitted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Edited: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Topic of this poem: tribute


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Critics, Teachers and Mentors by Debra Kay Robinson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. A Little While, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Jiske Dhun Par Duniya Nache, Kumar Vishwas
  9. Candadi Kelidara Vistara, Shishunala Sharif
  10. Anubhava Gitegalu, Shishunala Sharif

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. To Speak With You, Edward Kofi Louis
  2. Virtuous Acts, Leong Ming Loong
  3. Your Paradise Is Met, Naveed Akram
  4. Who Needs Rains In Heaven?, G. AKANJI OLANIYI
  5. Prevention is better than cure, Leong Ming Loong
  6. Twittering Among Feelings, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Living Passion, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Love Magic, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  9. Life Stretching, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Electric Love, Suresh Dogra
[Hata Bildir]