Compare me not to the gifted scribes

Compare me not to the gifted scribes

A Poem by Gee
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For the new folk starting out on this site

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Compare me not to the gifted scribes
that across the page souls bleed,
for that which leaves this simple pen
is for like minded folk to heed.
Folk that harbour deep down within
a yearning to be read,
but fear comparison with their peers
so each word is writ with dread.
For acceptance is the goal we seek
not false platitudes and praise,
as the lowly bar which we set ourselves
will remain so, never raised.
So please critique with honesty
do not tell instead advise,
and with your help, encouragement
perhaps the poet in us will rise.



© 2020 Gee


Author's Note

Gee
Even though I have been here for five years I often feel as though my words are to simple for the more gifted folk to read, enjoy, accept, so I would imagine there must be plenty of others in the same boat.

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I relate to this, and I am glad to know you express awareness of the reality that many additional writers likewise relate with us. Simplicity is no less beautiful than that of more complex or clever writings. I encourage you to consider to what extent this fear of comparison is perceived versus real -- not to say I don't believe there are harsh critics or that I don't believe you, so much as to uplift you beyond becoming a harsh critic of your own. May you experience liberation and realize your own greatness.

Posted 1 Week Ago


Gee

1 Week Ago

Thank You..
I've been here for only 3 months, it's funny to know that feeling never changes.

I really like the concept and Idea of this, Gee. These feelings of desiring acceptance and feeling adequate are so, so true. All writers feel it. I like what you did with this.

James

Posted 11 Months Ago


Gee

11 Months Ago

Thanks James. I still very much feel like a fish out of water as I only play at this writing most pi.. read more
Excellent advice, Gee!
The thing to remember is that "intellectual" writing can often only be interpreted by "intellectuals". Whether these are valid in the everyday existence of most of us is a moot point. Should our writing communicate or create it's own smokescreen? Simplicity is unequivocal,as are your words here and therefore not to be feared.
N.



Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Hi Norman, so good to see you back. Hope all is well with you and if you are not fully mended I hope.. read more
Yes me I’ve been here three and often feel very insignificant comparing myself to others more gifted and wordy
Look we are all individuals all different and I think that’s what makes this site so great loved your poem

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Hi Julie, thank you kindly. I guess I'll always be in awe of the talent that quite a few on here pos.. read more
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

1 Year Ago

Thanks I’m ok thanks the fires are not too near me hope you are well x
we take great risk posting ... satisfaction in honest expression is reward enough says i .. but what use is it if no one else reads .. and lets us know how a poem affects our minds, bodies and spirits .. i love your poem Gee .. its straight forward .. had a natural rhythm to the lines .. theme is clearly presented and who can not relate??? and on other levels .. in our lives .. we risk rejection, failure and disappointments .. but what a terrible alternative ... and i especially like the appeal to give honest critique in return for the read .. and the reminder of how much we can effect growth ... well done says i ... five years!!! wow! goes by in a moment doesn't it?!
E.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Hi E, yep, time does certainly scoot on by. Glad you enjoyed. If one newbie read this and can take a.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

job well done indeed :)
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I think it is the bane of the poet/writer, Gee.....we would all like to be accepted and our writing read and enjoyed by others, and quite often what we write seems inadequate to ourselves on its completion. I suppose it's up to others to judge our worth and the merits of what we convey on the page.

Your writes may read simple on first glance but the depth of emotion you portray, the lyrical quality they are written in and the heart that lies within your message and meaning are always there in abundance. You were one of the first that entertained my writes with your thoughts when i first joined here four years ago, and that has never been forgotten by this reader. So keep on scribbling and let the worth of your words be admired by others.

I enjoyed the sentiments written here and the words of advice that the newcomers could do well to heed. Another fine win for the Reds this morning, Gee, so we are flying higher than ever.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Hi Doodley, long may the mighty LFC continue to fly high :))
Thank you for your extremely kin.. read more
Really liked the semi-Elizabethan language of this one. The philosophy is solid, too. If you keep comparing your work to Shakespeare's sonnets, you're going to have an ongoing inferiority complex. The same is true concerning the better poets on this site. Just do the best you can and post fearlessly.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Hi John, thank you kindly
O h.. Gee your poetry is
always a pleasure to read
your words make the reader feel each line of.your poetic verse ..there is no bar to be set as far I'm concerned ..everyone is unique with their own style ..no comparison need be done
We're different yet all the same..its all good..


Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Hi Fran Marie, you'll have me blushing :))
Guess because I " failed" at school I have a bucke.. read more
  Fran Marie

1 Year Ago

Awhh gee whiz..
Mr.Gee..you are so welcome..wishing you the best in 2020..
I'd say about half the best writers are too filled with ego for me to really enjoy them. I love a simple writer offering honesty without ego & that's why you are beloved here at the cafe. I love how you address this to the newer writers, who may be intimated by those who act all hoity-toity & accomplished. The real measure of good writing: are you reaching people? Being real, being honest, these are the main ingredients for reaching people & screw the show-offy aficionados! Your writing reaches people, by the way! (in case you couldn't read between my lines!) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thank you Margie, your kind words, comments, always put a smile on my face :)))
Robert Trakofler

1 Year Ago

Bunny says “Yeah screw those stuck up loser word snobs and all there silly symbolism and Hoity toi.. read more
Well, as an older writer that isn't starting anything anytime soon, may i say, DON'T BELIEVE HIM KIDS... HOW CAN ANYTHING SO WONDERFULLY PENNED, WITH SUCH EMOTION, BE DEEMED NOT TO BE FROM THE SOUL?
AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHY HAVE I NOT TURNED THE CAPS LOCK OFF YET?
Phew, was exhausting having to shout that.
What else? Oh yeah... The good folks here have been encouraging me for years, but don't let that put you off, you probably won't all turn out like me.
Wibble, kershpling, plop!

Ps... A wonderful introduction Gee. Ah, to be a newbie.... Sigh.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Achh, you'll have my face redder than a smacked arse :))
Thank you kindly Lorry
Lorry

1 Year Ago

You just reminded me of my Dad with that one Gee, it was one of his sayings, along with such parenta.. read more
Gee

1 Year Ago

And " if wit was shut you'd be constipated" this my dear departed (Scouse)mums favourite saying

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