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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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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks 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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks 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)

2 Weeks 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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks 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

2 Weeks Ago

job well done indeed :)
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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks 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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks 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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks Ago

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

2 Weeks 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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks Ago

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

2 Weeks 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 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks Ago

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

1 Week 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 Week Ago

And " if wit was shut you'd be constipated" this my dear departed (Scouse)mums favourite saying
first off my friend no expression is ever less than another's... the mechanics very as does the methods of conveyance. One technique is never better than another:) the more that I read here the more I have learned that to be true and the more I have learned to appreciate many styles of write:) If I could go down the list of the many wonderful influences I have experienced in these interactions over the past year or two it would be ten pages long:) I should also like to add that "simple" thing you just said a feeling or emotion of a thing is never simple it is "authentic" and to be able to express the crux of a thing in the simplest terms and convey it, is, my good friend... the definition of poetry:) many of your words have been marked upon me in indelible ink over the years... Mr Gee
I think you may suffer from the same thing that I do at times, I question my own writing far more cruelly than anyone has ever critiqued my work here or any other place I rarely after I am finished feel satisfied with a write:(

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks Ago

Hi Robert, I cannot believe you question your undoubted ability, me, yes, you, never :))
I mi.. read more
You Gee, so underestimate your own ability. I have read many, many poets and your work when you write about loss, has touched me to the core. You have also made me roar with laughter at your cheekiness at times. You have your own unique voice as all poets do. I do not look for comparisons, I am looking for how poets convey their voice. You mention the word simple in your notes. There is nothing simple about your work. Clarity of expression is a gift in my opinion, if that is what you mean. You do not post enough, I wish you posted more, but you had a hell of a lot on your plate last year with your dear mum's passing. Maybe we will see a few more visits coming up. I sincerely hope so my friend. Hope all is good in Bucks.


Chris

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Gee

2 Weeks Ago

Hi Christine, many thank yous. Don't know what else to say, which is unusual for gobby me.
En.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Ha ha. I gave rendered a bloke speechless. It won't be the first time :)))

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