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Rik Bertrand

Rookie (18 April 1959 / Portland, Oregon)


There is no reason for how I feel right now,
There is no who, what, were, when, or how.
I just think it's time, time to take my leave
Time to put down my pen, in this I believe.

There is no reason, but there is a feeling in my heart,
I hate the way it hurts, unable to finish what I start.
Tears well up inside me and I cannot control their release,
I think it's time to set the pen down, and lay down in peace.

It's funny how I can express myself more easily in the written word,
But when I try to speak my mind, not a single word is heard.
Now it appears that even my writing have come to their end,
Time to put the pen down, no more writings I will send.

It hurts for me to write this, and my words bleed across the paper,
The ink will dry; the words will survive, but maybe not their creator
It's just time to set the pen down; it's time to rest my weary soul
My life has been hard and lonely, and it has taken a bitter toll.

I will not say if I will return, the future has its own desires,
We will see how my life is going, and what the world transpires
So it's time to set the pen down, it's time to let it go.
And if I decide to pick it up again, I will surely let you know

REB (MAY 2012) although I write for me, I wish more people read and understood my writings. I get the feeling sometimes that it's time to stop, that it's a waste of time. I don't know you tell me…

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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  • Freshman - 1,928 Points Valerie Dohren (5/27/2012 8:17:00 AM)

    Yes, I ofte feel this way too. Sometimes it all seems rather futile, especially when my muse goes on strike and inspiration seems to dry up. Maybe we just sometimes need a rest - it isn't obligatory to write every day, or even every week etc. But I think you will agree that, after a break, we usually do return with pen afresh. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie C S (5/17/2012 5:45:00 PM)

    Please don't put the pen down Rik, I love your poetry, I know many people think poetry is pointless but its just that it's an art they don't understand. The pen needs us, we need the pen......you know that. Brilliant poem though: -) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Heather Wilson (5/15/2012 12:38:00 PM)

    I get your message Oh, so well and know how you feel, I have felt the same, often, but you have a wonderful flow and idea in your poems, NO, NO, it is not time to put your pen down, I have so enjoyed reading your work and will be back to read more, it has been such a pleasure. (Report) Reply

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