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Hometown Prophet

Hometown Prophet

Originally 
I believed
That
The
More
Defined
I became
As a
Poet
The more
Recognition 
I would
Receive

I found however
The opposite
To be

TRUE

Though
Fellow
Hometown
Poets
Have
Marvelled
recently 
At my
Ability
To increasingly 
Take
The style
Of an Imagist
To a new form

In the editors
arena
I only
Hear
Crickets

No acknowledgment
Of new found
Creativity
just an understanding 
That new novices
With elementary 
Skills
Are the ones
Where
THE attention 
lies

I think 
I am okay
With this
The taste
Of a prize
Winning
Wine
Can only
Be truly
Appreciated
by those
With
Refined
Taste

The fact
is
A Prophet
Can never
Be accepted
In his hometown
Because
tunnel vision
incarcerates 
those
Who
Knew
Him
for
What
He
Was
Rather
than
What
He has
Become

This however
does not
Take away
From
The fact
That like
The Prophecy
Still being
Credible
the poet's 
Incredible
Work
Of
Art
Still
Stands

 

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Angel

Excellent poem so very true angel

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Tony Taylor

Sir TUCKER!!.... first, please accept my apologies for not having been around to support you of late......I have been wholly preoccupied with health & hearth matters that take my attention from my self-motivated responsibilities here on Cosmo!!......I have always thought of your poetry as an ever-evolving entity with unlimited potential...... and after having just read through this piece several times I DO agree with the intent here.......I think, in fact I KNOW, that ALL creative persons would agree with its profoundly astute message....I have had VERY similar conversations many, many times about the fact that it is almost ALWAYS those closest to you that have no clue, not an inkling, that what you're creating in your daily efforts may be touching upon brilliance from time to time...... Cherie and I have stayed up late at night discussing how frustrating it is that our own parents and siblings don't even take the time to read what we write....... how MANY people right here on this site are not interested in just how well a fellow writer might progressing/evolving in their work because most of us are just here for the instant gratification of receiving STARS and PINS and flattering reviews of our latest efforts....... It is (in large part) a subtle and near unrecognizable reason for even posting poetry here...... most of us don't even know that it's what we are doing.... it's inadvertent and naive....... some friendships grow here between writers but we still understand that we are not committing to the kind of friendship that we would be undertaking if we actually were meeting face-to-face and visiting one another at our respective homes..... we hide behind our screens and show the best of ourselves in hopes that we WILL be recognized for our growth and ability to wield words better and better as we continue our daily efforts..... for many it's simply a poetic 'personal diary' of sorts and it used as such to be able to work through personal life trauma's and disappointments.......BUT for writers such as yourself it can be quite disappointing because you ARE truly gifted and evolving in LEAPS and BOUNDS!!..... In my personal and most humble opinion you have gotten SO MUCH better than the day that you first arrived here that were there awards for this type of OBVIOUS growth in understanding the proper use of the English language and all of its poetic potential you would receive first place for the hard work you have so painstakingly put in this past twelve months...... Please don't let the lack of comments and the comments that simply don't recognize your work on any given poem deter you in your pursuit of finding your own voice and perfecting its power!!.......I know I have rambled on too far here brother..... and I DO think that these words would be more effective if we were able to speak over the phone....... I'd Love to do that some time...... My medications and health issues are well under control for the first time in several months...... so I will be around a LOT more in the coming weeks...... So please.... keep on keepin' on brother...... and stay in touch..... because I believe there is much we can learn from one another!!....... Lots of Love to you and yours G!!.......Peace n Stuff!!.......T xo.  : )

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GREG TUCKER

Tony
what beautiful words you have given me!  I love your work as well.as Cherie's.  Though your styles ar re extremely different than my own, it motivates me.  I have been here for  2 years now.. crazy isn't it!
I have not been nominated for over a year, yet some of my most incredible pieces of imagist work has been done this past year.  No I dont think I am the best out there, however I am evolving.  Like many other poets here including yourself, our work should be recognized 

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Tony Taylor

Hey GREG!!......I know what you mean man...... Truth is I haven't been nominated for anything in over two years....... But that's what I expect from Cosmo as I have already won before...... the attraction for me is that I get to continue creative conversations with writers such as yourself...... It is reward enough for me....... and perhaps the insanely cool thing happens...... like I meet my wife here..... crazy right!!????...... smiles...... keep up the great work brother..... I'll be talking to ya!~!......apologies for the slow reply!!...... Hugs-n-more smiles!!.......T xo.  : )

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Greg...I understand and agree with you.  I think for me, I am always in competition with myself to improve...It would be nice for people to recognize our efforts and evolution of our poetry, but as long as we are writing for ourselves and being our most authentic selves in what we write, that is progress.  I do not put stock into the poetry contests on here....not any more...There used to be some motivation and acknowledgment of good work. I try to support work that speaks to my heart, and encourage others.  It is hard to be on here often anymore, but I do believe we should support each other and make this place inspiring. I do appreciate your poetry and have seen your new imagery influence in words.  I enjoy your style and themes.  Do not doubt you are appreciated.  I just think some people are not commenting anymore for some reason.  xo ;)

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Icarus Flocke

Mark 6:4.

As I'm sure you know I am not religious, but this work reminded me of this verse. 

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Marion Price

Hi Greg, my advice to you is write just for yourself. That way there are no disappointments. I don't get many comments or likes and have never won on here and only got to nomination once. My friends and family aren't interested in what I write and being published is off the radar unless you include self publishing. In fairness though it is pretty random who sees whose work because we tend to read what is there in the limited time we come online( in my case anyway). I have to agree though because a lot of really beautiful work goes unnoticed on here and the mind boggles sometimes at some of the stuff nominated!! For what it's worth I like your stuff and will try to catch it more often ...hugs 💕

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