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Words of Solace (Poems of Comfort)


JohnCreekmore
Sun Jan 21 22:10:52 2018

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My Review of Alone with my head by lonliness
Grim
Excellent, sparely phrased presentation, fine rhyming skills. But I am a former mental health worker and it brought back grim memories to me. Peace be with you.

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JohnCreekmore
Sat Jan 20 20:40:56 2018

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My Review of Now by PoetGLG123
The only time there is
The poet makes an essential point in this one. "Time is an illusion." Most of us are either ruminating about the past or obsessing about the future. The only thing that is real, however, is right here in this moment. The imagery, especially in verse 3, is excellent. Well done.

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JohnCreekmore
Sat Jan 20 19:46:41 2018

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My Review of Songs of Solomon Ch. 1 & 2 by shanicsch3
Censored
These are the parts the preachers censored out of the King James Version. Very erotic, nicely handled.

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JohnCreekmore
Thu Jan 18 21:25:20 2018

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My Review of Yo, Ho, Ho! by richom
....and a bottle of rum!
This one made me think of Captain Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, whose head ended up on a stake on the north bank of the James River, not far from where I live. Your description of the crew seems pretty close to what I've read of his. Hygiene was not their forte. Their world was not an all male one, though. Anne Bonney, the girlfriend of pirate Stede Bonnet, became a pirate herself.

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JohnCreekmore
Thu Jan 18 21:11:52 2018

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My Review of The Devil's Season by michaelgallatin
Anti-Terminator
For some reason this one made me think of John Connor, the human hero of the "Terminator" movies. It sounds like something he would say to rally humanity against the machines. The rhyming, pacing and imagery were all good. Well done.

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JohnCreekmore
Thu Jan 18 21:01:42 2018

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My Review of My God by taylor12
Consider this....
FYI, Mueller is a Republican, one of the few remaining who doesn't need a rabies vaccination. He may indeed find nothing amiss, but something sure has Boss Trump and his battalion of sycophants sweating.

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JohnCreekmore
Tue Jan 16 22:59:51 2018

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My Review of Caged Birds on a Winding Road by SilenceandSolace
Somber
Nicely rhymed, but haunted. If this one is autobiographical, it sounds very much like depression. If so, get help.

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JohnCreekmore
Mon Jan 15 22:06:32 2018

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My Review of A Touch too far by matelotrod
Clarification
I have a feeling a joint in the UK and a joint in the US are two different things.

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JohnCreekmore
Mon Jan 15 22:02:18 2018

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My Review of Big chiefs claim fucked right up...Puff of smoke by Marcas
Speechless
Reminds me of Finnegan's Wake, especially the Gaelic spelling of moccasins.

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JohnCreekmore
Mon Jan 8 20:46:49 2018

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My Review of Jewlery box of my heart by seriouspoet
Moving
This is a clearly worded, brief and very moving tribute. Well done, but you might do a spell check on "Devine."

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JohnCreekmore
Fri Jan 5 22:09:32 2018

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My Review of Broken hope by angrygirl
Listen
When nothing around you feels like it goes right, that is the time to be still and listen. Life might be trying to tell you something.

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JohnCreekmore
Thu Jan 4 21:35:20 2018

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My Review of Winter Song by Stella
I can identify
Stella, it has snowed up and down the whole east coast of the US these past few days, so your offering rang true for me. Liked very much the musical theme and imagery. Good work.

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JohnCreekmore
Thu Jan 4 21:26:18 2018

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My Review of The Eskimo by Marcas
Consider this....
Me boyo, you should write before you go to the pub, not after.

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JohnCreekmore
Fri Dec 29 22:11:45 2017

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My Review of For The Love Of Writing (short&Sweet)- FEEDBACK P by xjustmex93
Suggestion
Since you ask, I suggest you learn to differentiate between the possessive and the plural (stories vs. story's).
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JohnCreekmore
Tue Dec 26 21:43:39 2017

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My Review of Reading Red by richom
Let's not forget---
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec-------my favorite reds.

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JohnCreekmore
Wed Dec 20 21:28:45 2017

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My Review of A Poem To The Fallen by michaelgallatin
Duty
I was fortunate enough to have enlisted in a reserve unit when Vietnam was still a small war being conducted by professionals. Later, the thing exploded and the draft grabbed people by the thousands. My unit was never called up, but had it been, I would have gone, like it or not. That's why I'm glad we have a volunteer military now.

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JohnCreekmore
Sun Dec 17 21:56:26 2017

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My Review of we sleep in our secondhand beds by aSamLoomis
The grind
One hears both assumption of responsibility and cries of victimization in this offering. The speaker admits we dirty our own linen but also speaks of "beds" that are foisted upon us by outside forces. There is also a note about the need for moving, which apparently means change, but the last verse, while admitting the need for change, admits that neither the speaker nor the addressee is ready to make such a move. We end up not knowing whether to be sympathetic or to say "Shape up!" No judgments here, just an observation. Well written, if contradictory, piece.

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JohnCreekmore
Sun Dec 17 21:28:42 2017

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My Review of A Little Crazy by michaelgallatin
On the other hand
My experience of dealing with schizophrenic people was they mostly had it pretty tough both inside and outside of their heads.

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JohnCreekmore
Sun Dec 17 21:23:18 2017

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My Review of An Open Apology to My Sister by augustrush
Contrition
One can only hope the sister will one day see this.

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JohnCreekmore
Fri Dec 15 16:17:13 2017

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My Review of Crisis at Christmas by richom
One for the road
The 12 steps of Christmas?

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JohnCreekmore
Wed Dec 13 21:24:22 2017

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My Review of The Inner Child by pashunrose39
Looking inward
It sounds as though you are practicing introspection. It can be a painful process, but it is a necessity for growth. For all of the answers are ultimately within.

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JohnCreekmore
Wed Dec 13 21:15:41 2017

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My Review of A Christmas Sonnet by Stella
Holy Night
Very good imagery, Stella. Puts you right in the scene. Well done.

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JohnCreekmore
Mon Dec 11 21:36:12 2017

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My Review of PREDITORS by kitty
Heavy
Heavy thoughts here, Kitty, especially the last verse. Some people can disguise the law of the jungle in laws, politics, even religion.

PS: Please do a spell check on "Preditor." UK spelling may be different than that in US.

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JohnCreekmore
Sun Dec 10 22:00:16 2017

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My Review of Sisyphus by taylor12
Not to worry
I am sure Judge Roy Moore will straighten things out.

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JohnCreekmore
Fri Dec 8 22:47:48 2017

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My Review of Russian Ramble by Caroline
The past
This offering seems rather mysterious and difficult to interpret, but I would venture to say what we are seeing is how the speaker is still affected by the past. Verse one could be the way the speaker presents to the public, the glass/ plastic images indicating some kind of false facade, while verse two states the truth that buried thoughts actually still rule the mind. A facade is also brought up in the next verse, which tells us the person's mind is indeed heavily influenced by negative memories. The last verse seems to give final reinforcement to the theme of lingering memories, though the last two lines may speak of a desire to "Sop up the tinkling pool," and become free. All of this is speculation, but it's what I get on a gut level from this well written effort and its excellent imagery.

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