21st Century Prophets

21st Century Prophets

A Poem by Samantha ~virginpoet

We Poets are
21st Century Prophets
filling up notebooks
and screaming on stages

We connect in a fashion
as we wear words

We dance on pages
stripping naked
to get you to listen
like what we
have to say
can be heard
better by eyes
but only 4%
of the public
suffers with

And still we slash
our wrists with ballpoint pens
to get our souls heard

Hanging our pain like paintings
in an art exhibit entitled
"Emotional Poets"

for an
Art Critic
to tare
us apart

Letter by letter
word for word


Because we are so
tightly put together

That we love
to be torn apart

We turn
the pain
into art
and scars
into deeply
ink wells

Don't you see?

We 21st Century
hold the keys to our
broken heart cages
by wielding pens in ways
that spark thought

Cant you see?

Our wrists are still tender
yet we slash them open
again and again because...

Because writers block
is a far far worse
form of torture

And never
being read
is a fate
worse than death

By Samantha Campbell

© 2012 Samantha ~virginpoet

Author's Note

Samantha ~virginpoet
you can find the word poets in prophets thus inspiring the whole poem

This feels like one of those never done poems ... permanently under construction lol

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"And still we slash
our wrists with ballpoint pens
to get our souls heard"

This says it all! We are poets and you have captured our essence with your wonderful words. Yes, we NEED to express ourselves and we want to be read...to touch other lives and to reach out across the world. So emotive and very powerful. Great work. Lydi**

Posted 9 Years Ago

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I feel your pain. Your naked explanation of feeling defeated after opening up so wide. Good poem, i like your impetus to writing this poem.

Posted 6 Months Ago

I really liked this, particularity ‘we dance naked on pages ...’ it reminded me of Ted Hughes’ poem - The Thought Fox. I loved the structure you have chosen.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Samantha ~virginpoet

4 Years Ago

Thank you. I've actually not read that but I will now.
"And still we slash
our wrists with ballpoint pens
to get our souls heard"

A very powerful piece of art one can relate to. We bare our souls through our words, our souls bleed in ink. And you expressed this perfectly.

Posted 5 Years Ago

This poem really is trying to tell something subtle and new.

Posted 5 Years Ago

well done Samantha, you had a different way to look a things, it was just amazing, so you stripped naked and earned my attention, also my tip , bravo:))

Posted 5 Years Ago

As a artist your work is never really done, you have to find a stoping point and just let it be. Amazing work though! I love that your page is marked for mature lol That means your writing raw from the heart without any restraints

Posted 6 Years Ago

That was incredibly beautiful.

Posted 6 Years Ago

To say I love it is not giving you enough of an idea of how much I enjoyed this piece. The flow, the awesome style and font changes. The sort of unique pieces I look for here.


Posted 6 Years Ago

The life of an artist, whatever your medium is, is a vicious circle where we are fueled by what drives us in life. Sometimes it by itself can be unhealthy, but it spurns us on. After reading this I feel caught in the circle of writing from our pain, putting it out for people to see, and then taking whatever you get as a reaction to what you say and fuel your future. Hopefully its not all scars and pain, but sometimes they are necessary to grow.

Posted 6 Years Ago

I'll remember this the next time I hit a brick wall when writing music! A great concept, maybe a bit extreme in the imagery, but the bohemian life is the best, isn't it?

Posted 6 Years Ago

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Added on April 16, 2012
Last Updated on April 16, 2012


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