• Plagiarism

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    A poem intended to bring attention to the act of plagiarism. 


    In my Own Words

     My mind is aglow with words from where I don’t know

    They come to me at all times of day

    I try to resist but they persist and persist

    Until I succumb and my pen goes astray

    “Four scores and seven years ago” I write

     'Sounds too familiar' I say with a frown

    And I grab a fresh sheet of paper

    “It is a far far better thing I do” I jot down

    But alas that too is a blooper

    “The hills are alive..” I write with the stoke of my pen

    But visions of Julie Andrews come into view

    And I am forced to move on once again

    Searching for a line that will ring ever true

    Frustration sets in as I try one more time

    To write something original and proper

    “Ask not what your country. ”  A definite good line to rhyme

    But no it’s just another belly whooper

    I lay down my pen take a sip of red wine

    And lean back in my chair and breath out

    I am sure the words that are mine will arrive in good time

    And my conscience will be free of doubt  


    ©Copyright 2009 Charlie Gragg

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    BadBadBear commented on IN MY OWN WORDS


    I find all your work very interesting. Fine write!



    Thanks. Diversification is the objective.

    Stryx commented on IN MY OWN WORDS


    Somehow I musta missed this one. And have we not all felt this from time to time...But yours is so well written.

    HarverTomsson commented on IN MY OWN WORDS


    In vino veritas. But someone's already said that.



    I knew I heard that somewhere before

    Stryx commented on IN MY OWN WORDS


    Wonderful. It is really a joy to come across a poet, in this crowd of writers.



    Well thank you.

    tenderpoison commented on IN MY OWN WORDS


    it can be difficult at times to find the one inspiring line that will give birth to a complete piece...I tend to think in terms of metaphor and that helps....this is a really good write, thanks.



    Thanks for reading and providing feedback

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