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A Poet's Good-Bye: A Poem

Updated on August 16, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

I got my poetic ass on a squealing slow train

to take me all the way from here to there

and should I even tell you what was on my brain

you bet that none of you would really care.

To kill some of that travelling time

while imagining accomplices in that poetic crime

I randomly pulled out a sheet with a rhyme

and started reciting almost silent as a mime.

There were few, but not really many

who seemed to enjoy my verses and rhyme

and those few inspired me more than any

to keep reciting them for my very first time.

Recital made some more alert, and put others to sleep

a few applauded long before I was to be done

either telling me how I was not really fun

or I was interfering with their count of sheep.

Hundred poems later I got my station waiting for me

and maybe at my exit I would have even bowed

but they already got the next performer to see

a fat old dude snoring rhythmically and loud.

I whispered my last good-bye, and as I picked up my hat

a dime and a peanut generously fell out

so I ate the peanut and gave the dime to a crying brat

and that, my friends, is what my poetizing has been all about.


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      Vladimir Karas 5 days ago from Canada

      Rachel---See it as a bow and arrow, when arrow apparently is pulled in the opposite direction from where it wants to go---just to use that as a spring-effect.

      It's good to step back and "regroup" in mind by doing something else for a while. In my intentions I am very far from leaving you guys. After all, with your praising my work you are showing how much we have in common, and that's a big part of the definition of friends, isn't it.

      You take care, Rachel.

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      Vladimir Karas 5 days ago from Canada

      Dana---Funny, but it will take me a week or so to quiet down my "writing mind", because today I got just the same inspirations as so far. I simply want to force myself into a different mode of mental functioning and devote more time to some other stuff that I enjoy doing. It may not take me long to upgrade some of it, before I get back to writing poems and articles.

      Well, it certainly is flattering that some of you guys care about my temporary absence, and I love you even more for that. I'll keep in touch.

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      Dana Tate 5 days ago from LOS ANGELES

      So, you are winding down my friend huh! You were cranking out those articles so fast, I wondered where you found your inspiration. Well I have all your others to catch up on. So until you write again.......

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      Rachel L Alba 5 days ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Val. Well, if you are just taking a break, you certainly deserve it. You have worked hard with all of your poems. I'm sure we don't even see all of them, just the one you post. Hope to see you back again. Enjoy you life.

      Blessings to you and yours.

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      Vladimir Karas 6 days ago from Canada

      Michael, my friend---After 100 poems and 200 articles in 2 years at the age of 72, I'll take a break---how long I don't know, but I'll have fun upgrading my practices in rejuvenation and quality of my meditation and self-hypnosis.

      In my spare time I'll edit my hubs. You know, "If anything is worth doing---it's worth doing it right".

      I'll also respond more to comments---if any, and write comments. I'll keep in touch. You take care, my friend.

      Well, you don't have to "miss" me, old buddy---just send me an email and I'll write back to you.

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      Michael Milec 6 days ago

      You are not leaving, are you? If not many, I will miss... miss reading your poetry in search of the depth spiritual causes. (Meanwhile, I apologize for not coming faithfully with more often comments. )

      So long then.