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Should doubt high drift over my love for thee
grey gloomy cloud, disconsolate, strong reign
bleak darkened frown, portend deep misery,
hide hearts resolve, beneath shadowed disdain.

Should you feel, sudden cold breath of gloom,
spate of fear, black scourge upon painted leaf,
quick cruelly fade love, grim in abject doom,
swift eclipse hopes hue, behind shaded grief.

And would unshakable faith, far be blown,
fiercely shook from loose grasp, once so near
wither sweet loves blossom, thus loss bemoan
newly dead splendor, once honored then hear:

Eternally damned shall I rove and cry
Tormented ever to seek how and why.


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by Karen Miner (guest blogger)
Rummaging through poetry’s tool box we find lots of tools to help us express ourselves originally. Previously I discussed the use of metaphor; today let’s explore another tool – “simile.”

The Britannica Concise encyclopedia defines simile as: “an explicit comparison between two different things, actions, or feelings, using the words ‘as’ or ‘like’, as in Wordsworth’s line: “I wandered lonely as a cloud.”

Metaphors differ from similes in that the two objects are not compared, but treated as identical: The phrase “The snow was a blanket over the earth” is a metaphor. Contrast the previous metaphor with this simile: “The snow lay soft as a down comforter upon the ground.” It would be difficult to read the works of the masters without finding examples of simile within some of his/her poems. A common example is:

A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

O my luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

The similes shout for attention! Love is like a rose, love is like a melody…a simple thought and yet Mr. Burns burrowed into immortality with such simple tools as similes. How then can we expand our writing using simile as a unique fingerprint on our own poetry? A simple exercise is to begin by choosing the noun that indicates your poem’s theme. Let’s try it together. Assume we are writing about a tsunami.

Noun: Tsunami. With me? Great! Now let your mind roam…what are some words a tsunami elicits? Don’t over-think it; quick! Sudden, Water, Rushing, Fear, Screams. Good! Now expand those words to similes: Sudden as a sneeze, Water tall as trees, Screams exploding like bombs, Rushing like a linebacker.

You’ve assimilated the common descriptive words used for a tsunami, sculpted them, and molded a personal framework upon which to hang the rest of your poem. Give it a try…get wild and weird. Go where the reader least expects! Please share your experience with simile, offer an example from your own work, or just say hello!

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~ pronounced pae-neh-SEE-eh (noun) – A remedy for everything, for all problems or difficulties; a cure-all, a catholicon. From Latin “panacea,” a herb Romans believed could cure all diseases. The word was borrowed from Greek panakeia “universal cure,” the feminine of the adjective panakeios “all-healing” from pan “all” + akos “cure.”

The Greek adjective pan “all” also appears in Pandaemonium, the all-demon city in the Hell of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.’ It is productively used to create adjectives like “pan-Arab,” “pan-African,” “pan-American,” whose abbreviation, “Panam” underlies the name of Panama. “Pan” can also be seen in panegyric “elaborate oration of praise” from Greek panegyris “public festival,” originally based on pan- + agora “assembly” + -ikos “ic.”

I’ve read on many poets in the past few years and found that a lot of them had great trials and turmoil’s in their past. Some even being in asylums and committing suicide. Join me here in reading and discovering more about our great writers of the past. Then turn that knowledge to our on usage and advantage. So with that being said, what I’m hoping to provide in this blog is a “Panacea”, a cure all for poets fighting depression, going on a wild roller coaster ride of hills and valleys, writers block, and various other ailments…

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Bottled Up Sentiments Blog
Bottled Up Sentiments

I would like to welcome Bottled Up Sentiments, our latest blog addition to our growing contributors.  Click on the image to visit this beautifully designed blog!

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Visit Bruce's Blog

Bruce Dobson


I would like to welcome Bruce Dobson to our group.  Bruce posts his poetry on his own blog.  Click on the image to visit his blog.  His blog is also listed on our Links Page under Poetry Blogs.

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Visit Our Poetry Community

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We created the WORLD OF POETS website so that poets like you would have a caring, loving and fun environment where poetry can be shared and appreciated. We believe in honest, realistic feedback of poetry.

We encourage growth through a fair system of reviewing. We aspire to welcome members who are interested in being active participants in the site. We welcome poets of all abilities. We are poets learning from one another. We are challenged and we challenge others to be good poets. We express our thoughts and feelings by using different styles of poetry.

We strive to bring you the best in services; an excellent review process that will help to build confidence and your abilities as a poet; the ability to read the poetry of others and learn to construct your own professional reviews, thus helping you to build your own poetry skills in the process. The people on this site are wonderful, good-hearted poets that welcome all with enthusiasm and any assistance that you may need. Come join our family and watch your talent as a poet grow to new heights. The door is open, come join the family!We are building a new institution for poetry writing , for our own creativity and for our education to be aware and honest reviewers.

Through reading the work of others we reflect on how their words have affected us. Through reading others’ comments we reflect on how our words have influenced them. We are a learning site that teaches by each of us giving and receiving constructive critiques, encouraging each of us to create and become more proficient in our writing. We have mentors and wonderful writers that give of their knowledge and support us in our endeavors…This, above all, is a safe site for even the greenest of writers (such as myself) because the encouragement I have received is worth more than I can say.

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Here Just Awhile

Languishing lonely
As a cloud
drifting dreamily
from the crowd.

Shifting serenely
As the seas
Rising roaming
In summer’s breeze.

Easing easily
By the sun
Children chortling
From laughter run.

Fading faintly
As a day
Drifting dissolving
Into the Bay.

Tenderly taken
by the night
silently slipping
out of sight.

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