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Helpless I -- by Member: Sabrin Abdu, Egypt -- added: 4/18/2019 11:51:25 AM

Owais Ahmad said:

Very poignant and emotional write. A poem i can relate to, i can understand in which circumstances you wrote it. often lovers are hurt, relationships broken, and we blame each other when mostly its due to the social pressure, useless pride in social status. I cannot help you what you are going through but i can only say-don't blame yourself and don't give up hope. Take care and keep writing it will provide the vent to all the bottled up melancholy.

on 4/19/2019 1:52:21 PM

Lilting Whispers -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 4/18/2019 4:35:07 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:

Frank what a lovely poem and great gesture of how memories stay alive through nature and word of mouth. "that is my grandchildren's laughter", innocent and sweet, they will remember all these memories and the ones you have brought them also. Gorgeous Poem!

on 4/19/2019 1:09:49 PM

Body & Soul -- by Member: Shaunda Yvette, USA -- added: 4/18/2019 9:16:40 AM

Marcia Schechinger said:

Shaunda "Body and Soul", a lovely romantic poem, it makes me miss love all the more. "priceless"...that is what love is to me also,

on 4/19/2019 1:06:00 PM

ONE KEY TO THE TREASURES -- by Member: Drsudarsan Prasad, India -- added: 4/18/2019 12:49:46 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:

Sudarsan love the messages you always have in your poetry. My grandson, Dominick, likes to read about snakes, I knew of this one from our readings. Excellent poem! Always wise, love the way your mind works!

on 4/19/2019 1:02:34 PM

Winter Backdrop -- by Member: Satish Verma, India -- added: 4/19/2019 12:41:57 AM

Sabrin Abdu said:

Short and expressive!

on 4/19/2019 4:50:08 AM

ONE KEY TO THE TREASURES -- by Member: Drsudarsan Prasad, India -- added: 4/18/2019 12:49:46 PM

Edwin Jepson said:

Drsudarsan , this poem made me shudder . The cobra with it's deadly fangs was brought to life through your amazing verses . You sure have a way on mesmerising the reader . God Bless the Snake -Charmer . Eddie . / top write Sir .

on 4/18/2019 8:20:48 PM

Lilting Whispers -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 4/18/2019 4:35:07 PM

Edwin Jepson said:

A beautiful poem Frank. Your Mother sounds like a wonderful optimistic person who loved life and her children , I can see in your poem how much you miss her and the Grandchildren's laughter . A very emotional and loving read . God Bless us All my dear friend and fellow poet . Eddie , May .

on 4/18/2019 8:09:52 PM

99th Musketeers Challenge. Diversity And Common Law . Take 2 . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 4/17/2019 9:03:03 PM

John Starks said:

Hello Edwin, I am glad to hear from you. Your contribution is appreciated. Drawing from our experiences in an honest manner makes poetry rich and moving. Your experience in your work causes me to shudder at the dangers that you faced. You, herein, draw from your rich experience in this poem and, implicitly, call on the reader to do a little 'pleasant work', I,e, to reconcile part two to part one. In part one, you deal with your former employment. You open by saying, "Half of my journey's completed." This leaves a 'What's next?' in the mind of the reader. A question that is not immediately answered. You, instead of answering that question, say instead, "No more coal or rock." You masterfully aroused the readers attention to a grand level. I think that you could have taught England's finest poets a thing or two! You reference, in a brief litany, the 'tools' on 'the business'. You then relegate these things to a past era. You juxtapose 'The now' with the first part of your life. A time when 'Necessity" quite likely played a role in your decision making. I love the way you started the second part. You were to the point (pun intended) as both pick and pin are pointed. You left heavy light work for light heavy work. The heavy work of extracting coal proved light in contrast to the light weight of writing 'Heavy' poetry. Coal was needed, but poetic fodder is more needed, for it proves 'sheep fodder'. The connection between the two stanzas, though implicit, is unavoidable. Manual activity is the antithesis of spiritual, and proves maximally diverse from it. I for one am glad that you turned to the poetic reaml. You have met the 'Challenge in a grand and superlative manner. Best wishes to May and you, my fellow poet and friend! John

on 4/18/2019 6:03:06 PM

The Saga of the Hero's Song -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 2/22/2019 3:23:44 PM

Dwayne Rankin said:

wow I just found this response by you Conrad. so glad that you enjoyed this start of this epic, it was a challenge to write it but was so fun to do it as well.

on 4/17/2019 11:57:10 PM

99th Musketeers Challenge. Diversity And Common Law . Take 2 . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 4/17/2019 9:03:03 PM

William Willis said:

Hi Eddie, the thunderbolt line for me is "mines are now museums." Like so much British heavy industry. The iron and steel works have run out of rivets and welding torches The car manufacturers and wire rope makers are now consigned with the miners too. The abyss is littered with these industries. Part 2 sees out retired friend picking up a pen and writing poetry. Anyone can write a poem, I do believe. You Eddie, write from the heart and tell of the murderous conditions down pit and let other generations know of it. Every coalface poem is like a genetic fingerprint of a time gone by. A fine poem yet again wm. /|\ *****

on 4/17/2019 10:23:12 PM

The Country Night. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 4/17/2019 5:46:35 PM

Edwin Jepson said:

Absolutely brilliant Denis . I was there with you listening to those sounds in the night . a poem to treasure my dear friend and Fellow Poet. Take Care you and Pauline. Eddie and May , xxx .

on 4/17/2019 9:13:41 PM

Growing Cold -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 4/17/2019 6:25:45 AM

Edwin Jepson said:

Very true Frank. powerful, and a poem to make one realise the obvious conclusion . Eddie . PS . I like the Title as Well.

on 4/17/2019 7:36:55 PM

Spring - A Wealth of Colour. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 4/16/2019 12:18:09 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:

Denis from the first line to the last a wonderful poem for Spring and its awakening. Well Done!

on 4/17/2019 12:58:12 PM

99th Inspirational Challenge-Diversity and Common-A Painful Pen Story -- by Member: Owais Ahmad, India -- added: 4/13/2019 7:00:30 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:

Owais what a emotional and passionate poem, "I become the words, I become the ink, Walking along the pages of destiny, our fate we imprint". Inspiring and wonderful poem, I do hope to see more as you definitely have the talent.

on 4/17/2019 12:56:06 PM

WHAT IF -- by Member: Mobani Biswas, India -- added: 4/16/2019 5:58:33 PM

William Willis said:

Hi Mobani, I know the writers on this website would always find something to write about. The Moon is one of our natural beauties and heaven knows what our ancestors made of it. In science we are learning more than ever about the star studded chandeliers above our heads and how I got one love an astronomy poem. I would certainly not like a "no ifs life" as our actions need to be thought through just like good poetry. Enjoyed. Wm*****

on 4/17/2019 12:00:40 PM

Niche - 99th Inspirational Challenge - take 2 -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 4/12/2019 11:02:28 AM

Nishu Mathur said:

Thank you so much for these wonderful responses dear William, John, Eddie, Marcia, Rhymer. Means a lot coming from such talented, skilful poets - poets I look up to xx

on 4/17/2019 11:13:39 AM

Growing Cold -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 4/17/2019 6:25:45 AM

Nishu Mathur said:

So powerful and so soulful, Frank. A little verse that speaks the truth. Candid. Your second sentence kind of hit me hard - because I am truly beginning to realize it. A clever title too - the play on the words is so apt. Fondest

on 4/17/2019 11:09:43 AM

Spring - A Wealth of Colour. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 4/16/2019 12:18:09 PM

Nishu Mathur said:

A glorious poem, Rhymer. What a splash of colours. Upbeat and spritely. Spring is certainly on the way. A feel good, sunny, cheerful poem.Fondest to you both. Take care.

on 4/17/2019 11:08:03 AM

On Wings of Wind that Soft did Flow -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 4/12/2019 2:53:32 PM

Dwayne Rankin said:

thank you much William so glad that you think so oh sigh :D :D :D

on 4/17/2019 4:47:38 AM

The Pretender . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 4/13/2019 1:30:11 PM

Betty Janko said:

Dear Eddie, very uplifting! I do find myself with similar thoughts since we are of a similar age, and needing a little help staying upright and functional. Lol! My goal is to graduate from a walker to a stick once again, and getting my alertness back on track would be nice! But it is true that friends, family, and living well each day are the best ways to find joy. I do hope you and May are settled in, and by the way your photo on FB looks great, you handsome devil! My best to your both dear friend. *****, Betty

on 4/17/2019 2:19:34 AM

When Again We Meet -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 7/27/2015 3:02:31 PM

Frank Davis said:

Animal friends, priceless. Endearing poem, Betty.

on 4/16/2019 11:59:36 PM

Rainbows -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 6/7/2015 7:58:23 PM

Frank Davis said:

God is The Uncaused Cause, The Creator of All-that-is. Science fiddles with what's been created and, occasionally, stumbles upon something useful. Beautifully portrayed, Betty. .

on 4/16/2019 11:35:15 PM

I Hate Housework -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 6/15/2015 9:33:34 AM

Frank Davis said:

Is never fully accomplished--and, apparently, rarely seems inviting. Hopefully, in the future, "housework" will mean the house does its own work. One of the few areas of AI people might truly appreciate and not feel threatened by. Entertaining piece, poetess!

on 4/16/2019 11:24:17 PM

My sailboat and me -- by Member: Westly Shaw, USA -- added: 4/15/2019 5:05:20 AM

Denis Barter said:

Hi Westly, and thanks for reminding me of another young lad event that was quite a regular habit of my friends and I, when a small stream played a big part in my life. We would fashion a boat - flat piece of wood into which we would put a ‘cane’ mast complete with a paper sail. We would then head down to the bridge - no railings - and launch our sailboat in the waters rushing through. Making sure we let our boats go off together, we’d see which boat firstly, stayed afloat, and then which one got to the finish line - a hundred feet or so downstream! No prizes. Just bragging rights! Sometimes we’d get so excited, we’d fall in! Then I for one, got my prize! Generally a tanning from my Mother, when I went home, soaked to the skin, having done what I was told not to do! Namely get wet through to the skin with my ‘play’ clothes needing to be dried, and few others to wear! If our “sail boat” made it to the large duck pond, we were cock-of-the-hoop! Few ever did get that far of course, as the stream made sure of that! It had deeper areas: fast rushes and all manner of obstacles. But we lived the life of a Pirate: Sea Captain: Sailboat: Cruise Liner or whatever our imagination allowed us! Great memories which your poem brought to life once again! I’d love to do it once again, but I fear in today’s world, I’d be thought crazy and locked up! But who cares? I’m too old to worry about that anymore! Fondest. Ciao Denis.

on 4/16/2019 11:22:08 PM

A Final Goodbye -- by Member: Betty Janko, USA -- added: 6/24/2016 11:16:17 AM

Frank Davis said:

Profoundly perceptive and undeniably relevant. A difficult subject that could not have been better handled. Impressive work, Betty!

on 4/16/2019 11:09:31 PM

Diversity as seen in A Maple Tree. Musketeers; 99th Challenge. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 4/12/2019 2:59:52 PM

William Willis said:

As a keen amateur gardener myself I was really taken with this one Denis. The Maple sounds beaurif and how well you describe it in luscious green rhyme. A freak of nature but astounding to observe. I like this take on John's Challenge very much. A unique tree and a unique poem. Absolutely absorbing. Wm.*****

on 4/16/2019 9:55:47 PM

On Wings of Wind that Soft did Flow -- by Member: Dwayne Rankin, USA -- added: 4/12/2019 2:53:32 PM

William Willis said:

A treasured Springtime piece from you Dwayne. It's as if you are describing a scene in front of you. So vivid and loving the entrance of the girl. Subtle rhyming as ever and such imagination . Wm. *****

on 4/16/2019 9:50:29 PM