Monday, November 14, 2016

he wished he could learn more

                                                                                            Author: Katja Schulz
Image: Poetry reading Session (here)

11 of the 12 given words:
mute tidewater step guts fake occur 
bibliotaph (A person who hoards books)
wisteria (a climbing shrub)
penetralia (The most private or secret things)
sharp  occur breeze

In mute silence with the lapping of
tidewater at his feet he reflected on his
journey a step a time
They did well to pass judgement on his
ability as a writer he mused and he was
glad he had the guts in facing them
He was terrified initially.

He did present himself as a bibliotaph
but it was no way to make him out as a fake
Just like a wisteria of a kind that proceeded
upwards revealing a penetralia of sharp
wisdom he chose to remain steadfast
He warded off his critics regardless
It did not occur to them that he
did not perpetrate a lie for that
matter for he tried

It was not a breeze nor were there
short-cuts to becoming a writer of standing
He knew that
He had wished though the critiques
could be more balanced
Secretly he preferred harsh critiques
to compliments as these were more helpful

For MLMM's Wordle #129 and
Marian's at Real Toad's   -  the tuesday platform

28 comments:

  1. Sometimes the critiques can be harsh, but if you look for what some are trying to say, can make one better at the end of the day.

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    1. You are very right there, Pat. Thanks!

      Hank

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  2. Having my blog has taught me a lot about coping with criticism which has in turned improved my writing. I feel my work is becoming more and more honest (at least I hope it is). It has also helped me to learn how to take a compliment. I used to be really terrible at taking compliments! Excellent use of the words Hank =)

    mlm

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    1. Hank loved these word creation exercises and had tried to come in as far as possible. It stimulated the thinking to go in many directions which otherwise were never thought of. Hank dreads too on compliments and prefers not to receive them but just soldiers on. Thanks Amber!

      Hank

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  3. You are an engaged artist and thinker, Hank

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  4. Marvelous expression. It is through the criticism the artist grows

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    1. Absolutely right Martin! Thanks! He brings himself to a higher level

      Hank

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  5. #7 was clicked by mistake. Pl ignore!

    Hank

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  6. you wend through the narrative just like the wisteria - enjoyable meter to read. Sorry I can't be harsher

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  7. Well I don't even try these fearsomely difficult-looking wordie things, so full marks for having a go, at least!

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  8. 11 out of 12 is not bad at all given your skill inthe craft, i long time now stopped responding to those given word prompts. They stimulated me for a while and that was good but i realise its not my strong point
    But well done to you

    much love...

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  9. Critique is invaluable, though terrifying at first, agree! great use of the prompt words.

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  10. Can't give you a harsh critique on this one, cuz it's just too good.

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  11. Yeah, I agree with Tim. This is really good. But I'll remember that in the future. ;)

    This is my favorite: "revealing a penetralia of sharp
    wisdom"

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  12. Ahh yes, your poem is sharply felt by those of us seeking to craft a life out of writing. There are no shortcuts to the truths we feel and are compelled to share. I think we need both the positive & the harsh critiques to keep us going...

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  13. Yes, I too love constructive critique but not harsh... I take that too personally, I'm afraid.

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  14. Critiques can be quite a touchstone. Well written!

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  15. Brave soul, to welcome the critiques! You do so well with the wordles, Hank.

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  16. That does sound like the agony of learning the craft of writing.

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  17. Not to easy to take critique, but even harder to give

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  18. Yes... it really is helpful to be critiqued or even criticized. Love the recognition of the initial terror, and then the desire for more critique. I can relate!

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  19. This was a fun read, Hank. Speaking of "He did present himself as a bibliotaph," we have a saying about our Aggies (Texas A&M college, students or alumni) "They have books but they eat the paper."
    ..

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  20. Like it Critique is good as long as it is constructive and it's the same for praise. Indeed there are no shortcuts to become a writer but
    you don't do shortcuts heh
    Writng for me is just play and I somehow find it cool to hang out with real writers

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  21. His acknowledged fear made me smile. I think most of us can relate.

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  22. There is such a difference between critique and criticism, but there are so many lessons in each. It is intriguing and a growing experience to rub elbows with those who create art.

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  23. I had comments from someone I had never heard of before, now everyone is entitled to their own opinion but to be rude, hurtful of my situation I was going through I stopped blogging for a week. One can give critique without hurting the others feeling surely.
    Great post Hank.
    Yvonne.

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