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I Call Myself A Poet

By: Donovan Baldwin

I call myself a poet.

I think I've earned the right, and, enough other people have granted me that appellation, that I'm comfortable with it.

Am I a good poet?

That's always going to be a matter of is any other adjective you put in front of the word, "poet".

I think a majority of people are poets at some point, or points, in their lives.

Since I've started posting poetry and comments online, I've more than once had someone write me saying they wish that they could write poetry. I admit, it can be difficult to get the thought down just the way you want it to sound...or close enough.

However, often, in writing back and forth to these people, I will get a message, especially from those who desire with all their hearts to speak truth or beauty, a simple message in their own words... a message that simply sings and soars.

I have, whenever this happened, and, it's happened more than once, pointed out that what they wrote was poetry.

Most spotted it, once I pointed at it, and most were surprised at their own ability.

Even if the words don't come, nothing says you are NOT a poet, if you ever told someone, from your heart, that you love them...child, partner, parent. If you've ever looked at a sunrise or sunset, a tree, or a bird and felt yourself filled with wonder, you're a poet. You just haven't "written" your poem yet.

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