The Longing – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

I long for earlier times When I was young and feeling fine When lyrics to songs all made sense And people weren't so damn intense I long for the days When my memories were made Those memories survive In the corners of my mind I long for the days of iron Days of wine Doing... Continue Reading →

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Enough Is Enough – By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

More and more I find myself writing about pain. I don't do it for sympathy, I write about it because for a few minutes I am pain free, young again and full of energy. The doctors say, “it could be this” or “it could be that” “We need to do an MRI and CT scan... Continue Reading →

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The Ruins – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

The ruins of our lives still call us Those voices in our minds Won't ever be quiet until we find A way to return to the ruins Maybe if we clean up the ashes The pain will fade away Perhaps that's the price We all need to pay Maybe the ruins Were only beginnings Maybe... Continue Reading →

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It’s Three In The Morning – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

It's three in the morning And I'm still awake It's three in the morning I need something to take I need an escape That doesn't feel fake I need words to write I've been up all night It's three in the morning And everything aches I hear sounds and rumbles I see spiders and snakes... Continue Reading →

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Severe Nerve Damage

I had blood work done last week and met with a neurologist yesterday. Blood work showed no diabetes, but he put me on iron and B12 supplements. He did a nerve conduction study and an Electromyography on both feet, lower legs and behind both knees, and my left hand. Results: Severe nerve damage everywhere he... Continue Reading →

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Living In A Land Down Under – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Broken dreams and broken hearts Evening shift at the super mart They didn't know how to start So a lack of knowledge kept them apart He was young, she was younger All they wanted was to fill their hunger So he bought plane tickets to the land down under Where women glow and men plunder... Continue Reading →

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My Vision Of Heaven – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

In the end We will all be Alone in the dark When we cross that bridge Will we find sweet dreams and starlight Or will we face the ugly truth Of our darkest days Will we find our fortress Or just another unsafe haven I will be searching For a place in the woods A... Continue Reading →

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Poetic Power – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Poetry has a power Something all its own Magical and mystical Musical and magnetic A rhythm all its own It enters our minds Creating it's own world It bring us smiles And it brings us tears It can raise our hopes Or wake up our fears Read all poems out loud Hear the power Feel... Continue Reading →

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On A Midnight Morning – A Poem by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

On a midnight morning I walked away Nowhere to go Nothing to say I don't feel like writing The words went away So I walked through the woods Hoping it would help find a way There is a hopefulness among the trees The sounds of nature, the bird songs Seeing small animals scurrying away And... Continue Reading →

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A Drink With The Devil – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Last night in my dreams I drank with the devil As my band finished a set I set my drumsticks down And sat at the bar Nursing a gin and tonic To soothe my throat She sat down next to me With a glass of blood red wine “Let me introduce myself” She smiled and... Continue Reading →

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My Haven In The Stars – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

As I look down At this river That winds on forever From my haven in the stars I have to see where it leads I am remembering Life on the rivers Life that I see Flowing through the canyons Of my mind Teeming with life Giving life Taking life I remember Rivers that have known... Continue Reading →

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Poetry Of The Moment by Walt Page On Poetry Festival

My poem, Poetry Of The Moment, published today on Festival For Poetry.

POETRY FESTIVAL. Submit to site for FREE. Submit for actor performance. Submit poem to be made into film.

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Each and every moment
Is its own poetry
The tick of a clock
The turning of a page
Each drop of rain
The cry of a baby
The wag of a tail
In every moment
Poetry is created
A poem exists
In the beat of a heart
The blink of any eye
On the wings of a butterfly
A musical note
The scent of a flower
The purr of a cat
Poetry is everywhere
And nowhere
Inside and outside
All around about
Be in the moment
Be the poetry
You are meant to be

~The Tennessee Poet~
©Walt Page 2018 All Rights Reserved

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10 – 31 A Haiku By Walt Page On Pure Haiku

I’m proud to announce that my Haiku was published
on Pure Haiku on October 31st!

purehaiku

I went through the gate

Looking for a miracle

I found nothing there

© Walt Page 2018

Walt is just a romantic old rock & roll drummer, US Air Force veteran and open heart surgery survivor, living the country life in Tennessee and writing his poetry on love, life, music and whatever comes to mind. Take a look at his poetry at Walt’s Writing.

This haiku stuck in my mind because it was so shocking to read! It is neither negative or positive – it just tells of nothing.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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Tick Tock, Broken Clock – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

A broken clock keeps no time As I lay here awake Time moves at it's own pace No faster, no slower And I watch the time passing Waiting for the tick Praying for the tock But knowing in my heart It won't come again It's the missing The wanting The needing That keeps me prisoner... Continue Reading →

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The Realm Of Reliability – A Month Of November Prompts In One Day By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Thanks once again to Michelle from Putting My Feet In The Dirt for her list of daily prompts for the month of November. Please visit her site for her November list of daily prompts. The Realm Of Reliability Come. Ride with me and my Knights through the realm of reliability, where King Unreliable has ordered... Continue Reading →

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Who Are You? – A Poem By Walt Page on Vita Brevis

I am again pleased and honored to announce that my poem, Who Are You?, was published this morning on Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine! Thanks to Brian Geiger, Editor of Vita Brevis, for finding my work worthy of inclusion.           Be sure to check out all of the helpful articles for poets that... Continue Reading →

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‘Twas The Night Of The Spirits – A Poem Rebirth By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Goblins and ghosts, raptors and queens A night full of wonder, a night filled with screams Cemetery headstones rattle and shake Bats fly low seeking victims to take Children in costumes yell “Trick or Treat” It's candy they seek, chewy and sweet It's a mother's nightmare, a dentist's delight But the children are happy, it's... Continue Reading →

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Hell-O-Ween – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Jackknives and jack-o-lanterns Candles in the windows Scarecrows on the porches Scary dreams and haunted screams Killer cars we named Christine We could have called them Geraldine or maybe even Josephine They were written about in a magazine A popular one called Seventeen I read it while eating a tangerine While I was the Captain... Continue Reading →

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The Rhythm Of The Night – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

The night has a rhythm all it's own Every movement of the stars Every wave that kisses the shore Every night song carried on the breeze All have a rhythm A foot tapping beat Even the trees sway to the rhythm The rustling of the autumn leaves The tolling of the town square clocks All... Continue Reading →

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I Am Forever Young – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Many have told me That I've lived a full life And I have I have been blessed With 74 years of living Loving and Grieving Learning and Growing Winning and Losing Writing and Rhyming Drumming and Singing Leading and Following I was alive and I was free (I still am) Nothing could stop me (It... Continue Reading →

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The Damage Is Done – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Years of running Years of drumming Mile after mile Endless drum solos Late nights Early mornings Two packs a day For too many years Junk food COPD Scoliosis Hearing loss 15 surgeries I did it to myself Scars Showing that I've lived But the damage is done ~The Tennessee Poet~ ©Walt Page 2018 All Rights... Continue Reading →

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Yours – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

I am yours I will look after you When winter's chill Has cooled your bones I'll warm you And take you home When your life turns upside down I'll make you smile And erase your frown Everyday I spend with you You give me strength Enough for two I am yours It's plain to see... Continue Reading →

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Just A Blank White Page – A Poem By Walt Page on Vita Brevis

I am so honored and pleased that my poem, Just A Blank White Page, was published this morning on Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine! Thanks to Brian Geiger, Editor of Vita Brevis, for finding my work worthy of inclusion. Via Just a Blank White Page - A Poem by Walt Page ~The Tennessee Poet~ ©Walt Page... Continue Reading →

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A Heavy Cross To Bear – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Chronic Pain is a heavy cross to bear It shows no mercy, no compassion It doesn't know if you are young or old Nor does it care It grabs you in its tight grip And will not let you go The days are long The nights are longer Sleep is a sporadic thing Coming in... Continue Reading →

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A Poet’s Words – A Poem by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

A poet's lifeline Are the words that he writes Words from his head That he writes in his notebook Sometimes they come easy Sometimes they come hard They fill his head in pieces With their rhythm and their rhyme Nighttime pulls the sun down When the day is almost through The whole world is asleep... Continue Reading →

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Echoes In The Rain – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

If you listen closely You can hear them Whispering softly The memories of days gone by Rainy days and Mondays While you listen to the rhythm Of the falling rain Echoes of songs you love Raindrops falling like tears Voices from the past Speaking to you Reminding you That the sun will shine After the... Continue Reading →

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Never Ending Nights -A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

There is no beginning to his nights There is only an end But there is no end When it ends as a beginning It is the story of his never ending nights When sleep begins It also ends It all runs together And he starts writing in his sleep Sleeping while he writes Late night... Continue Reading →

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The Yearning – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

I yearn to walk through a Scottish glen Hand in hand with my wife Susan Enjoying the beauty of the Highlands The lands of my ancestors I yearn to hear the pipes Echoing through the hills and valley Playing the songs of my mother's father While fair red haired lassies dance their dance I yearn... Continue Reading →

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OPEN: Comment-a-Haiku Poetry Contest!

Get ready for Brian Geiger and Vita Brevis‘ third comment-a-haiku poetry contest! Join the fun now thru Sunday night, 10/21!

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Get ready for Vita Brevis‘ third comment-a-haiku poetry contest! Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Submit one or two 5-7-5 haiku as a comment on this post (give them titles!) — all topics are welcome
  2. Reblog this post on your blog or write a post announcing that you’ve entered the competition, linking back here
  3. Give good feedback on other poets’ work! [This is what it’s really about–you’ll be receiving good feedback, so try to give it to others as well]

RewardHonestly, this is less about “winning” and more about meeting and communicating with other poets. But I will choose some honorable mentions, and I’ll officially publish the winning haiku on Vita Brevis (with a link to the poet’s blog). Not a bad deal!

When: Starting right now (10/18), ending Sunday night (10/21)

Results: I get a lot of comments on these–give me a few…

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His Final Moments – A Poem by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

In his dream he is standing At the cemetery gates Wondering what it will be like When his remains are brought here Will anyone come When his life is done? When he reaches his final moments What good will he have done? Will it be the love he's given? The poems he has written? The... Continue Reading →

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Out Among The Frozen Pines – A Poem by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

He can hear her in the wind Out among the frozen pines He is alone, riding the wind Along with his lonesome dreams Until the night greets the sun He drifts along this gathering of the vibes Listening... watching... waiting... For what he knows not In his darkness He says good bye to who he... Continue Reading →

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Changing Changes – A Poem by Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

Everything changes Nothing stays the same Live for today Tomorrow may not come I'm standing on a ledge Looking down through the clouds Always changing Always different Wondering why When I wake up Everything is always the same ~The Tennessee Poet~ ©Walt Page 2018 All Rights Reserved

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When The Hard Rains Come – A Poem By Walt Page, The Tennessee Poet

When the hard rains come I will be standing in the storm Waiting for the magic That only hard rains can bring Listening to the wind Inspired by the thunder Protected from the lightning By the shield that is my poetry Knowing that after the hard rains The calmness will follow And the magic of... Continue Reading →

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