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

Author's Note

Carol Cashes
If you find issues, remember you inspired it!

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This is so sweet, and reads so naturally. Writer's Cafe is a great community and the people are always so encouraging and inspiring. It is fun to share opinions with other-like minded people who love to write. Thank you for the wholesome read.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Masterpiece! I love your rhyming, nothing forced. Your flow is so smooth consistent, it is a delight to read. Your poem starts the reader to to with your stanza's, I hear a musical beat inside your writing that keeps your words in time and balance. Like a roller coaster an apex and then a wonderful rush to the bottom delivering lyrical rhymes and images. I bow to the master.
Peace and Joy,
Richie b.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Kudos, Miz Carol! A very nifty bit of poetry an homage to fellow scribblers, rogues and fools...nicely done!

Posted 5 Years Ago

I'm new here, but this poem was encouraging to read, about this new place I've ventured into. This was a clever write, it had rhyme, rhythm, enjambment and was fun to read. Thank you

Posted 6 Years Ago

it is all that! and expressed so well.

Posted 6 Years Ago

This brought a huge smile. I really believe the meaning of community has been lost for sometime now. Support and honesty. Such important things to us poets and writers. You can find that here. 24-7.
Awesome job.

Posted 6 Years Ago

I love this!! Thanks for all your reviews, on my poetry, Carol. I appreciate them very much.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Well said. Inspired by us. Pride in your work dear poetess. Thank you so much for this lovely tribute Keep the ink flowing!

Posted 6 Years Ago

You are very inspiring and thanks very much for sharing your talents.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Wonderful way to sum up your experiences here on the cafe for writers!
This started slow and gained momentum to the end, as I read it.
Nice structure, too.

Posted 6 Years Ago

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Added on July 28, 2017
Last Updated on August 3, 2017
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Carol Cashes
Carol Cashes

Biloxi, MS

I'm very cynical, jaded, just this side of bitter and the only reason I haven't crossed that line is a good man loves me. I am extremely empathetic, but seldom sympathetic. I can be a ferociously lo.. more..


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