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A Writer in Purgatory

by James Shammas (Age: 52)
copyright 04-30-2005

Age Rating: 7 +
A Writer in Purgatory

The desk is no place for your long distant friends
Who can't ever join you since they are dead,
Sitting on shelves for all time instead,
Watching you squirm with your quivering pen,

In the silent spaces between the chattering words
Of Shakespeare and Shelley like lame caged-up birds,
Your unseen emotions flayed flat on the page,
Broken by quill with a sharp, splintered rage,

Till you pick up Dante who takes you to task,
Looking back and then forward, forgetting the past,
Dipping your pen in a clean well of hope
While Beatrice and Virgil guide you back home.

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        05-04-2005     Jean George        

Your poem rocks!...I liked every line; there wasn't one that was just filler. Each line carried the poem along until they completed a harmonic whole. No rhymes just for the sake of rhyming and each image specifically crafted to fit in with the integrity of the work....It would have been sad if the writer's block had prevented you from penning this little gem...

        05-01-2005     Michelle Ackmann        

Congrats on a great write. I love your meter and style; so wonderful! Keep up the great work!!

        05-01-2005     David Pekrul        

We certainly cannot compete with the masters, but they can give us inspiration. Keep on writing, I'm sure that's what they would say.

        04-30-2005     Anthony Lane Stahlhut        

This is a good poem and I liked how you fit it together with the references to great poets! Good job Jim, Anthony

        04-30-2005     Debra Rose        

Wow....that's....amazing. Wonderful rythm, and beautifully put down. I love this.

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