Road to Obscurity


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    Respect your poems as you write them and they will return the favor.

    Road to Obscurity


    How many poems must we write

    to maintain the poets lofty height?

    How many words must we pen

    to create the perfect poetic gem?


    Do we write to satisfy our need

    to be recognized for the creative deed?

    Or do we write because we must

     with no regard for others  trust?


    It seems that works having once been read

    Tend to gather mold like aging bread

    The latest poem being our hearts delight

    While yesterday’s fade out of sight


    If as a poet your only concern

    Is to churn out words at every turn

    With little regard for their destiny

                   Chances are they will fade into obscurity               


    When two hundred poems have come and gone

    Filed away having once been spawned

    Treat each one as a precious friend

    And they will reward you in the end


    For on some cold and lonely night

    Without a single friend in sight

    You can retrieve thoughts from the past

    By reading poems you wrote to last


    ©Copyright Charlie Gragg March 20, 2010     

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    jademelissa74 commented on Road to Obscurity


    What a beautiful piece you have crafted. As usual, full of truth and enlightenment. I loved the content and the passion in which you wrote this piece. Thanks Charlie :))



    Thank you for reading and commenting.

    gogant commented on Road to Obscurity


    A terrific rhyming scheme, and true and valuable words. Hampton, you are one of the best, indeed..........keep going....................g



    Thank you. Your works inspire me.

    ginga commented on Road to Obscurity


    Hampton. This poem is a precious gem that speaks so many truths, but I must say I do not forget or tire of my past poems. I enjoy my faves very much as I enjoy this gem that is a test of time along with all poems by all poets. ginga



    Many thanks.

    devaamido commented on Road to Obscurity


    Nice work, but you're probably preaching to the choir.



    To anyone that will pause to listen. Thanks.

    StandingBear commented on Road to Obscurity


    Yes each and every poem written with meticulous care and meditative thought become long lost friends over time .. that we can visit during lonely, cold nights .. and they will warm us.



    Right on, thanks.

    When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

    John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

    Hampton’s Poems (111)

    Title Comments
    Title Comments
    Searching 5
    The Poetess 14
    Nonsense 12
    Solitude 18
    Lame Limericks 14
    Message to Papa 15
    Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
    The Mind In Motion 13
    The Game of Poetry 9
    Silence 55
    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
    You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
    Saturday Night 13
    Political Change? 14
    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
    Remembering 11
    This Web We Weave 13
    The End 16
    The Day the Clouds Cried 16
    The Path of Life 12
    My Mother Ruth 12
    Humanities Challenge 14
    A Cowboy's Perspective 12
    July in Buda Texas 14
    The OP Poets Parade 20
    The Chatelaine 12
    Shot Through the Heart 17
    Poetry and Fine Wine 18
    The Man What Am 10
    The Final Beat of My Heart 16
    The Rainbow of Poets 19
    A Cowboy's Lament 13
    Of This World I am Not 17
    The Wee People 19
    An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
    The Scent of Love 14
    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
    Memories of Times Past 13
    The Dance of the Poets 20
    The Confession 14
    Road to Obscurity 18
    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
    New Year News from Buda Texas 13
    We Are All Witnesses 16
    Christmas 25
    A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
    The 9 ers 24
    Love Defined 27
    Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
    More News From Buda Texas 26
    Choices 26
    News from Buda, Texas 21
    In Search of God 21
    Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
    Out of the Darkness 15
    Visions from Within the Mist 18
    Baseball 12
    The Night Stalker 16
    The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
    The Sounds of Time 17
    The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
    Blah Blah Blah 14
    One Two Three 13
    Carpe Viam 11
    Love in the Afternoon 13
    The Moth 14
    Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
    The Creative Process 19
    The Truth and the Tribe 19
    The Long Wait. 19
    Feathers 26
    The Arrow 14
    Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
    Ghostly Images 16
    Friends 11
    Angels Without Wings 20
    The Rider 16
    Pride and Shame 18
    The Winning Poet is.... 21
    Memories 13
    Politicians 67
    Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
    God's Visit 17
    Poets and Poems 20
    Love Thy Neighbor 13
    Renewal 8
    The Roar of Silence 17
    Blessed Are These Days 4
    Time and Space 5
    Life's Journey 8
    Gift To The Fallen 16
    Hunger 21
    The Antique Shop 30