Ode to Writers Cafe Poets

Ode to Writers Cafe Poets

A Poem by Carol Cashes

Homage to you all


To all the poets of the Writers Café

I hereby pay homage to your enlightening array

of verses and lyrics which delight and dismay

using words I never knew-much less ever say!


You whirl and twirl your prose in stylish assertions

like a merry-go-round, with no discernable exertion!

I find myself lost and complete in my immersion,

I’m a poet at heart! Who knew?  But I’m certain


that had I not read such moving prose

my mind would yet see poems as foes,

written in language though sweet as a rose

would remain closed to me. Now, in silent repose


I have uncovered an extraordinary world

of battles with soldiers, mighty spears hurled

and scuffles with conscience, depression-words slurred

by battles with alcohol-drugs, bodies curled


in tight fetal positions and sometimes much shaking

your longing for love, acceptance, need taking

by someone past known, or one of your making,

the words are heartfelt, not one of you faking


your desires.  And sometimes your merry wit

brings spontaneous smiles while I sit

reading and learning, my lamps long lit

far in the night, in my own writing pit


created by me for just this endeavor

to learn, to absorb-by all means whatever

I can assemble, no matter the weather

outside, while in here, soul becomes light-like a feather!


You’ve welcomed my elementary works,

praising and encouraging-it always perks

my ego, my pride-you literary Young Turks

pulling from me rhymes with insistent jerks

that I try!  That I exercise my ‘till now unknown skill

of making use of language and bend to my will

words whirling and twirling in the same spinning reel

that you, dear poets, labor to instill


in me the same love of articulate expression

that comes to you naturally, free of oppression

from form, format and most certainly repression

that hinders one from total possession


of powerful wording to say what you mean,

to mean what you say, padded or lean,

stanzas with heart, pictures now seen

of what’s in your mind-so sharp!  So keen!


Now I humbly submit, this prose-so tame

compared to you poets, and it might sound lame,

but this time, dear fellows, it’s not the same,

for this modest offering-is in Miz Carol’s name!








© 2017 Carol Cashes

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Wow, what a lovely tribute! You seem no less than a poet. Loved it!

Posted 1 Year Ago

this is really good. i love your style of writing and the flow of the poem...awesome job!

Posted 1 Year Ago

Nice tribute, most of those things are overly sappy and sentimental.

Very few of us humorously admit the vanity and ego aspect of this whole thing.

I disagree about "not one of you faking...", unless you were being ironical. Most people are faking I think.

I also think the Young Turks, Cenk in particular, are a liberal version of Bill Oreilly or Rush Limbaugh.... bunch of caricatures pandering to echo chambers.

I'm pretty high right now.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Aren't you supposed to vigorously hate me?
Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Why? I am no delicate flower, and a bad review does not upset me. If you were trying to hurt me or .. read more

1 Year Ago

If you say so.
And this is most great honor for all of us here. Your words describe our creativity and talents. Our desires and dreams. You should be our speaker on public form. well done.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

I am humbled by those generous words. I have no problems with public speaking, but there are so man.. read more
Megaphone Gramaphone

1 Year Ago

I just want tried to say. This poem is really great. You celebrate us in very honor way.
I, too, have been learning as I go, it's nice to be able to learn by reading, when I first started, I was very self-conscious about my writing--now, I'm only semi-self-conscious--a fine poem, Carol!

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Thanks for reading. It was my honor to write it for those who have encouraged me to try.
I love this! I've come across so many talented poets here at the Cafe, and they are all so generous with their support. :)

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Yes, they are. I have been welcomed and encouraged to continue to write, in any genre I try my hand.. read more
aww....this is soo good.... beautiful.
i loved it...❤

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was my pleasure to honor the phenomenal talent on this site.
I read, and I read again, then I leave the page... Then I come back, read again, then once more... Perhaps I need another read... It just feels GOOD to ingest this with my eye-holes... A poetess of immaculate form... Amazing wordplay, and succinct delivery of thought make this a classic in the making... A coming of "poet" story... Hah, loved it loved it loved it... Say your name with pride, never disdain, Miz Carol the Gray

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Miz Carol the Gray! In more ways than one, honey, more ways than one.

I'm quite hono.. read more

1 Year Ago

Ahhh, Amongst all my silliness... I missed this response... The most important one of them all...! Y.. read more
how awesome is it to have this place? Friends, good times, amazing reads, and the sharing of ourselves.... add on another layer of seeing how you feel reflected back like this just deepens the connection and sends the positive energy, appreciation, admiration and love back out to us. Lovely writing and sentiment.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Thank you for reading it in the spirit and love with which it was written. I would never have guess.. read more
That was so much fun! thank you

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

I'm glad you had "fun". I was sweatin' bullets the afternoon I wrote this. I'm haven't written a po.. read more
Richard Layne

1 Year Ago

I'm glad i found it too. Lots of good people and great writing.

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Added on July 28, 2017
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