Mr. Poet

From Art of Mind: Philosopoems to the World

*Mr . Poet*

I have always found
Your eloquent verse
And commanding tone
To be a ruse as Clever
And Skillful
As your cultured meters
and fitting rhymes.
For the cry I hear
Is not for help
or compassion—
Public sentiment and unbridled expression
lay on the surface of your page,
while between the lines translates ambition,
A pursuit for validation as much as attention.
It is an effort worth a grand applause
And an admiring gleam…
For success is paid in generations
And failure is met with courtesy
And regard…
Just enough to get you through the next page.
I have accused your emotions of being
Masterfully Manipulated
to evoke the desired response.
Your delivery was lost in your genius lines
and cryptic stanzas:
Message Not Received
I resent you, your motives,
And Everything that you Stand For.


Perhaps as time passed
I may have been hasty,
And If I was wrong—
I apologize greatly.
Though our styles may differ,
And that will not change,
That is no excuse
To take motives in vain.
I now understand,
And I don’t know why,
But my whole path changed:
Now I’m That Guy.

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