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I'll Ask Again

The questions are the answers

And this always has been so,

The journey's the reward;

You're better off the less you know.

For knowledge can ensnare us

Just as well as any vice,

And leave us trapped in knowing

Without ever thinking twice.

So focus on the questions

And the curiosities;

Then the wonders of the world

Are yours to do with as you please.

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Written by clroberts
I'll Ask Again
The questions are the answers
And this always has been so,
The journey's the reward;
You're better off the less you know.

For knowledge can ensnare us
Just as well as any vice,
And leave us trapped in knowing
Without ever thinking twice.

So focus on the questions
And the curiosities;
Then the wonders of the world
Are yours to do with as you please.

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Written by clroberts in portal Horror & Thriller

Welcome Back (Things have Changed)

While you were on vacation stuff was really going down.

A shadow shook the nation and a terror took the town.

It's madness at the equator, and chaos at the poles;

There's devils on the prowl collecting all the unclaimed souls.

I hope you had a good time though, I see you caught some rays.

We haven't been that lucky here, the sun's been gone for days.

Your home's been fully ransacked, your possessions are all gone;

But come by my place later for a cookout on my lawn.

The factory you worked at ain't a factory no more;

They're hording food and ammo, getting ready for the war.

You're out a full-time job, my friend, but that'll be okay,

'Cause finding food is more important now than weekly pay.

What happened to your family? I don't know who they are,

But honestly, I've run down several people with my car.

But that was like a week ago, I'm long since out of gas;

This fighting for survival really knocks you on your ass.

I'm really glad you're back, like I already may have said.

And sorry for the gun that I'm now pointing at your head.

My children are all starving and you have some extra meat,

So if you'll kindly spare a leg my family could eat.

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Written by clroberts in portal Horror & Thriller
Welcome Back (Things have Changed)
While you were on vacation stuff was really going down.
A shadow shook the nation and a terror took the town.
It's madness at the equator, and chaos at the poles;
There's devils on the prowl collecting all the unclaimed souls.

I hope you had a good time though, I see you caught some rays.
We haven't been that lucky here, the sun's been gone for days.
Your home's been fully ransacked, your possessions are all gone;
But come by my place later for a cookout on my lawn.

The factory you worked at ain't a factory no more;
They're hording food and ammo, getting ready for the war.
You're out a full-time job, my friend, but that'll be okay,
'Cause finding food is more important now than weekly pay.

What happened to your family? I don't know who they are,
But honestly, I've run down several people with my car.
But that was like a week ago, I'm long since out of gas;
This fighting for survival really knocks you on your ass.

I'm really glad you're back, like I already may have said.
And sorry for the gun that I'm now pointing at your head.
My children are all starving and you have some extra meat,
So if you'll kindly spare a leg my family could eat.
#fantasy  #fiction  #horror  #poetry 
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According to a 2017 study done by me, stardustfalling (PhD in imagination, depression, and depressing poetry), "I'm fine" is the most commonly told lie in the world. Write about it, in any format you choose.
Written by clroberts in portal Stream of Consciousness

I'm Fine - A Sonnet

I'm always telling people that I'm fine,

The casual response to "how are you?"

I'm realistic and I hate to whine

But the fineness story is rarely true.

The word brings with it post-traumatic stress,

And as I strive to squeeze it past my gums

My heart believes my wording less and less,

Til "how are you?" "I'm fine" quickly becomes

The opposite of how I meant to feel,

The subtext shares a different point of view;

It says give me connection that is real,

I'm drowning here, I don't know what to do.

I'll likely nod and say I'm fine, and smile,

Then wander aimlessly into the crowd.

If only I, every once in awhile,

Could say what I am thinking, I'd be proud.

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According to a 2017 study done by me, stardustfalling (PhD in imagination, depression, and depressing poetry), "I'm fine" is the most commonly told lie in the world. Write about it, in any format you choose.
Written by clroberts in portal Stream of Consciousness
I'm Fine - A Sonnet
I'm always telling people that I'm fine,
The casual response to "how are you?"
I'm realistic and I hate to whine
But the fineness story is rarely true.

The word brings with it post-traumatic stress,
And as I strive to squeeze it past my gums
My heart believes my wording less and less,
Til "how are you?" "I'm fine" quickly becomes

The opposite of how I meant to feel,
The subtext shares a different point of view;
It says give me connection that is real,
I'm drowning here, I don't know what to do.

I'll likely nod and say I'm fine, and smile,
Then wander aimlessly into the crowd.
If only I, every once in awhile,
Could say what I am thinking, I'd be proud.

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Why Do You Write? As a writer who understands the multitude of reasons why people have started to become writers I really want to know what makes you want to write. Consider this a way for me to get to know more about you as a writer!
Written by clroberts in portal Nonfiction

Why I Write

I never believe myself when I speak.

If I put it on paper, it becomes true somehow.

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Why Do You Write? As a writer who understands the multitude of reasons why people have started to become writers I really want to know what makes you want to write. Consider this a way for me to get to know more about you as a writer!
Written by clroberts in portal Nonfiction
Why I Write
I never believe myself when I speak.
If I put it on paper, it becomes true somehow.
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Another 10 word micropoem challenge: write a poem that begins with the word TAIL and ends with the word TALE. Or the other way around! Tag me, if you wish! #ATailTale
Written by clroberts in portal Micropoetry

Tail Feathers,

When properly shaken,

Can tell a terrific tale.

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Another 10 word micropoem challenge: write a poem that begins with the word TAIL and ends with the word TALE. Or the other way around! Tag me, if you wish! #ATailTale
Written by clroberts in portal Micropoetry
Tail Feathers,
When properly shaken,
Can tell a terrific tale.
#atailtale 
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Written by clroberts in portal Micropoetry

Advice You Didn't Ask For- A Limerick

You know what you bring to the table,

So practice each day, if you're able.

    You'll never be free

    Simply watching TV.

Don't live in a box with a label.

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Written by clroberts in portal Micropoetry
Advice You Didn't Ask For- A Limerick
You know what you bring to the table,
So practice each day, if you're able.
    You'll never be free
    Simply watching TV.
Don't live in a box with a label.
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Written by clroberts in portal Poetry & Free Verse

A Journey

A crack in the sky

Was all that it took,

As time split in pieces

Reality shook.

I wandered the heavens

For eons that day,

As all that I knew

Slowly melted away.

The fears of my life

Were of no more concern

Than the value of laurels

Or money I earn.

But somehow I ended up

Back on the ground,

With no evidence

Of the wisdom I'd found.

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Written by clroberts in portal Poetry & Free Verse
A Journey
A crack in the sky
Was all that it took,
As time split in pieces
Reality shook.
I wandered the heavens
For eons that day,
As all that I knew
Slowly melted away.
The fears of my life
Were of no more concern
Than the value of laurels
Or money I earn.

But somehow I ended up
Back on the ground,
With no evidence
Of the wisdom I'd found.

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Written by clroberts in portal Poetry & Free Verse

Wrecked

You wrecked.

Your thoughts reflect

The words that you reject.

The ones that you cannot protect

Will do what's in their power to infect

The world which they love to neglect.

You must now recollect;

If left unchecked,

Expect

What you project

In leaders you elect.

For schemes they run to misdirect

Have only just begun to take effect.

The world you're longing to perfect,

I hope you can correct.

With all respect,

It's wrecked.

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Written by clroberts in portal Poetry & Free Verse
Wrecked
You wrecked.
Your thoughts reflect
The words that you reject.
The ones that you cannot protect
Will do what's in their power to infect
The world which they love to neglect.
You must now recollect;
If left unchecked,
Expect
What you project
In leaders you elect.
For schemes they run to misdirect
Have only just begun to take effect.
The world you're longing to perfect,
I hope you can correct.
With all respect,
It's wrecked.
#poetry  #culture  #iamwhatiamb 
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Written by clroberts in portal Poetry & Free Verse

It's Happening

I know, I know, it's happening...

But what's the time and place?

You must have some directions

Or a map that I can trace,

But I can tell you haven't 

By that look upon your face,

So I'm just going to take a little nap.

I know, I know, it's happening,

But how much does it cost?

I'm down to my last twenty

Since my wallet wound up lost.

But in a couple minutes here

My windshield will defrost,

So trust me, I will meet you in a few.

I know, I know, it's happening,

But just another snooze

Should get me through the aftermath

Of last night's smoke and booze,

And if I'm late, who cares?

The only thing that I will lose

Is waiting with some people in some line.

Although I know it's happening

It might not be for me,

So maybe I should ponder more

And have a cup of tea,

And if I later feel a burning

Longing to be free,

Then maybe I'll just think of something else.

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Written by clroberts in portal Poetry & Free Verse
It's Happening
I know, I know, it's happening...
But what's the time and place?
You must have some directions
Or a map that I can trace,
But I can tell you haven't 
By that look upon your face,
So I'm just going to take a little nap.

I know, I know, it's happening,
But how much does it cost?
I'm down to my last twenty
Since my wallet wound up lost.
But in a couple minutes here
My windshield will defrost,
So trust me, I will meet you in a few.

I know, I know, it's happening,
But just another snooze
Should get me through the aftermath
Of last night's smoke and booze,
And if I'm late, who cares?
The only thing that I will lose
Is waiting with some people in some line.

Although I know it's happening
It might not be for me,
So maybe I should ponder more
And have a cup of tea,
And if I later feel a burning
Longing to be free,
Then maybe I'll just think of something else.
#poetry  #philosophy  #politics  #iamwhatiamb 
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Written by clroberts in portal Feedback

What do I do next?

I've gotten back into writing only recently after years of keeping all my thoughts to myself. I've never been published or even "professional," but I would love to move in that direction. I don't know where to begin.

Well, I know where to begin. Writing is key, I imagine. But I have so many other questions now that I'm writing. Since I'm so lucky to have access to all these real writers (Prosers) I figured I'd throw my questions out here.

When do I start submitting things?

        Should I have a huge portfolio before I start entering contests/ submitting to journals? 

Is it a waste of money to enter contests?

Do you have any specific recommendations for where I should start sending things?

You get the idea. I need guidance.

Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Written by clroberts in portal Feedback
What do I do next?
I've gotten back into writing only recently after years of keeping all my thoughts to myself. I've never been published or even "professional," but I would love to move in that direction. I don't know where to begin.

Well, I know where to begin. Writing is key, I imagine. But I have so many other questions now that I'm writing. Since I'm so lucky to have access to all these real writers (Prosers) I figured I'd throw my questions out here.

When do I start submitting things?
        Should I have a huge portfolio before I start entering contests/ submitting to journals? 

Is it a waste of money to enter contests?

Do you have any specific recommendations for where I should start sending things?

You get the idea. I need guidance.
Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!








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