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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This is wonderful ,yes writerscafe was always a special place..it told me lots over years of reading such beauties..times it felt like an old library with treasures you have to dig hard to uncover beauties I never expected..
Lovely write

Posted 1 Year Ago

love this...and totally agree with the sentiment...i find so much inspiration here at WC...
just reading others' pieces stirs my fingers to start tapping the keys.
nicely done...

Posted 1 Year Ago

BRAVA! Love this ode & I totally agree! I've been on this website 18mos & I've grown & learned so much! Your use of details is great as I think of all the kinds of messages shared here . . . and as a rhyme-aholic I thoroughly endorse your extended rhymes in each stanza! Thank you for sharing! (((HUGS)))

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Thanks for the "nod" to the rhyming. After laboring in the beginning, I was amazed at myself at how.. read more
We get to write.
Learn a few names
I remind you of him?
That is insane!

my only complaint,
you still got more reads than me.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

I'll try to read some of your work, soon. I rarely see your name in the Feed, but I' don't check it.. read more
Jon Roggie

1 Year Ago

There are so many writers here, and it is impossible to keep up with everyone. Just have fun with i.. read more
This was such a pleasure, happy I came across it.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

So happy you found it, and many thanks for reading.
A amazing and worthwhile poem. I believe we need to read to write. Writer's Cafe have been giving me reasons to write for many years. Thank you Carol for sharing your words and your thoughts.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Reading is how you learn to write. I've been an avid reader since I was 10. Still much to learn, t.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

I agree. I learn daily something new and you are welcome Carol.
Wow! Milestone work Carol! Eloquent, humble, heart-felt wise words with lovely flow and rhyme. I am in agreement with you on every word. I have not written in years but am so inspired on this site by excellent writers such as yourself.Stellar poem. Kudos to you!

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Milestone work? Now, I've set my own bar too high! I've been out all weekend, resting and taking c.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

1 Year Ago

Hope you & B. Both doing well. I am honored by your words-thanks!
Poetry (the term derives from a variant of the Greek term, poiesis, "making") is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. Thus according to Wikipedia: but I like your interpretation better – kudos my friend! As Captain Kirk would say if he were a poet; Poetry, the final frontier of imagination, it’s mission; to boldly pen where no scribe has been before ………. make it so Carol … bless …. :-)

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Star Trek reference? Daaaannng! While I've been primarily Team Picquard, I'll take the Kirk refere.. read more
Epic wit personified. With emphasis on the first word.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Epic? Oohhh..,gonna take a minute to get my head in the door...
Thank you, Ken Simm.
That's a lovely homage to all the poets around here. I remember my early days here when I was more or less like you, timid and unsure whether the cafe would accept me as a self acclaimed writer but it did and miraculously so :)

What comes from the heart is never lame, Carol, so neither is this piece. Nice to read positive light hearted stuff so thank you for that :))

Posted 1 Year Ago

Carol Cashes

1 Year Ago

Thanks, YumnaKay. I have learned that even if it's not very good, I'll get some respect for posting.. read more
Dr. YumnaKay

1 Year Ago

Aye, it is. :)
You're welcome, Carol (:

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