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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Carol Cashes
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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 4 Years Ago

Carol Cashes

4 Years 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 4 Years Ago

Carol Cashes

4 Years 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 4 Years Ago

Carol Cashes

4 Years 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

4 Years Ago

Aye, it is. :)
You're welcome, Carol (:
Rhythmic and comprehensive in covering all aspects of this website. Whatever your style, you will always find someone to appreciate it.
I'm sure that everyone will see a positive reflection of themselves in your all-encompassing poem. Thanks Miz Carol.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Carol Cashes

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Norman223. This was very much a labor of love.
There's nothing like a heaping helping of inspiration, and your cup surely runeth over. Being not much of a poet myself, but sometimes daring to try, I certainly have an appreciation for those who're really good at it. I could name a few names, but there are several on this site that have the mighty gift. For my part, I'll just say, "You're fabulous, Carol, no matter what you write."

Posted 4 Years Ago

Carol Cashes

4 Years Ago

"Fabulous"? Why thank you, dah-link! You are one of the best writers here and I've been inspired b.. read more
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You clever cookie. Jealousssssssss....
It's good to read plain speaking, uncomplicated, and written by a giving poet.
Thank you CC, you are a breath of fresh air....

Posted 4 Years Ago

Carol Cashes

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Gee. I had to really "work" it, but it was actually fun! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Very good
Love this

Posted 4 Years Ago

Carol Cashes

4 Years Ago

You're welcome. You're one of the poets it's for.
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

4 Years Ago

Me a poet
I’m so amateur just a dittier lol but thanks
Hi, Carol! :)
That's a lot of rhyming. The poets here inspire me too. Which sort of poetry do you like?

Posted 4 Years Ago


4 Years Ago

Me too. I prefer to write and read poetry that suites my limited vocabulary. Haha
Carol Cashes

4 Years Ago

I used to think I had a pretty good vocabulary, I excel at business communication, and have written .. read more

4 Years Ago

I like to use my everyday language when I write. It feels dishonest to do otherwise. Something I don.. read more
This was, by far, the hardest piece I've written...ever!

Posted 4 Years Ago

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