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date submitted 20.07.2010
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No Do Overs ...and other truths

Carla Marie

On the experience of living. Title conveys the message that we must live on purpose; Grown-Ups seldom get "Do-Overs".

 

Upon being told that I am a poet
Suggested I have my work added
To the local grade school curriculum
meant well but
I think not...

Emily Dickenson
And
Robert Frost
I truly… am not

This is not what I do...

Though I do agree
With Emily
Who aspires to “Dwell in the possibilities”
And with Mr. Frost
I concur that
“The only way out is through”

Like Dylan I “Do not go gentle into that good night"

That’s not what my poems are made of

Racism
Newly Found Love
Motherhood
And
Children he forgot

Addiction
Cocaine
Loneliness
And
Working with what you’ve got

A working man’s hands
A homeless man’s lot
Betrayal
Destruction that genocide wrought

May not always sound nice
But Beloved, it’s life

Life… is what my poems are made of

 
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Roger Thurling wrote 1363 days ago

These are very good poems indeed ... I'm past half way reading them (not in order) and not a duff one yet.

Quite a number of these would do to start a seminar in an "Introduction to Philosophy" course ... there's so much to think on. And that's always a better way of doing philosophy than reading about what someone else thought once upon a time long ago.

I hope some friend will buy me this one for Christmas. I shall treasure it.
RT

Carlamarie wrote 922 days ago

Thank you so much- for your most eloquent compliment.

I'm neither American, nor black, but your poems spoke. You have something of Maya Angelou about your rhythms. Reading them is like listening to your voice talking to me. Not a ranting or preaching voice, just one that speaks of how things are, with a wonderful understated motion to it. Yours is the best of the poetry I've seen on here so far. 'The more things change 1' a favourite so far.
Cariad.

Cariad wrote 922 days ago

I'm neither American, nor black, but your poems spoke. You have something of Maya Angelou about your rhythms. Reading them is like listening to your voice talking to me. Not a ranting or preaching voice, just one that speaks of how things are, with a wonderful understated motion to it. Yours is the best of the poetry I've seen on here so far. 'The more things change 1' a favourite so far.
Cariad.

Carlamarie wrote 1085 days ago

Thanks so much for the encouragement. It is always so great when talented people acknowledge ones talent.
Carla Marie

Wow - Carla you have a gift with words. Thanks for sharing that gift with me.

JamesSandersatLarge wrote 1085 days ago

Wow - Carla you have a gift with words. Thanks for sharing that gift with me.

Carlamarie wrote 1134 days ago

A wonderful, wonderful compliment. Eloquent...

Thank you so much.

Carla

Dear Carla,

A torment of existence trying to uncover the ugliness that envelops our very soul... I was left shattered by your show of bravery. Such a consistent escape to envelop the essence of another's curiosity... I just couldn't put your book down.
Being a lover of poetry, [ first and foremost ], its always a pleasure to see another's fine example to extract the enigmatic affections, which we all struggle to understand.
You have a style that is contemporary and concise... An explosion of colluded emotions that dares any reader to expose themselves too.
I look forward to reading more of your work, and I wish you all the very best with your book. Take care until we meet again Cicuta, [ Carl, Arcane ].

cicuta wrote 1150 days ago

Dear Carla,

A torment of existence trying to uncover the ugliness that envelops our very soul... I was left shattered by your show of bravery. Such a consistent escape to envelop the essence of another's curiosity... I just couldn't put your book down.
Being a lover of poetry, [ first and foremost ], its always a pleasure to see another's fine example to extract the enigmatic affections, which we all struggle to understand.
You have a style that is contemporary and concise... An explosion of colluded emotions that dares any reader to expose themselves too.
I look forward to reading more of your work, and I wish you all the very best with your book. Take care until we meet again Cicuta, [ Carl, Arcane ].

Nigel Fields wrote 1171 days ago

Like a white man in a jungle move. Your walk with your sweetie. Loved it, loved it. Nice resolution, too. Will come back for more.
Cheers!
JBC

Carlamarie wrote 1176 days ago

I am taking a break at work and wanted to utilize the time to check out Walk To Paradise Garden. The comments intrigued me, the pitched grabbed me and the very first chapter sucked me in. I look forward to reading more. Highly starred and backed with enthusiasm. Wishing you much good luck- and can't wait to get home to read more! Thanks for your support on "No Do Overs..."

Carla Marie

Carla,
I wish there had been more emphasis on poetry when I was a lad. I could only imagine that there's less now. Thus, I am not a critic, but I do like your work. It's powerful, reflective and classy. The point about Rwanda--wow.
Highly starred from me.
Thank you for uploading your work here.
John Campbell (Walk to Paradise Garden)

Nigel Fields wrote 1177 days ago

Carla,
I wish there had been more emphasis on poetry when I was a lad. I could only imagine that there's less now. Thus, I am not a critic, but I do like your work. It's powerful, reflective and classy. The point about Rwanda--wow.
Highly starred from me.
Thank you for uploading your work here.
John Campbell (Walk to Paradise Garden)

Pia wrote 1191 days ago

Carla -

No Do Overs - Strong passion, strong voice, punchy poems. I am America -... And Finally white ... because Massa always got his way ... Rwanda ... seduced to kill .... No Do Overs ...
Of course, the irony is, had it not been for Judas, Jesus would not have been that deeply imprinted in time.
I admire your poems for the same reason I admire Maya Angleou's work ... I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide ... they inspire reflections. Refreshing a comment from months ago and catching up with star-rating :) Pia

La Marmonie wrote 1244 days ago

Carla,

I am not always taken to poetry, but you are gifted! I love your slightly caustic-on-edge words of "I am America". I am from Indian extraction, but live in the UK and I can totally identify with your sentiment. I will continue reading your poetry, because you have a winning style which has rhythm, serious words mixed with comic delivery. Fantastic.

I will put this on my Watchlist and continue to read it, until I have some space on my Bookshelf.

Will you please take a look at God of the Cocoa. It is set in 1919 Trinidad. You might find it interesting. I would love to know what you think. Star it and back it if you think it is good enough.

Best Wishes
Marilyn

Jejuna wrote 1260 days ago

I LOVE poetry...This style is so different from any I've read, and I'm quite intrigued.

Jejuna wrote 1260 days ago

I LOVE poetry...This style is so different from any I've read, and I'm quite intrigued.

Bocri wrote 1264 days ago

I backed your book a while ago but in a recent conversation with my wife I remembered FORGOTTEN WOMAN and suggested she read it. She said it really triggered something in her own mind and asked me to say how much she enjoyed this and your other poems. Good luck on the journey up.
Robert Davidson
THE TUZLA RUN

Carlamarie wrote 1265 days ago

Thanks for passing my work on to your wife. The support means so much. I always say it's great when talented people believe in your talent- but when talented people pass your work to their loved ones... well that says even more. Tell her that I'm glad she enjoyed- a good poem provokes and "triggers". It's encouraging to know that at least this once, I met my objective.

I also backed your book before but you're almost there... wanted to "re-back" to help (if that's possible).

Good Luck- you deserve it!



I backed your book a while ago but in a recent conversation with my wife I remembered FORGOTTEN WOMAN and suggested she read it. She said it really triggered something in her own mind and asked me to say how much she enjoyed this and your other poems. Good luck on the journey up.
Robert Davidson
THE TUZLA RUN

Bocri wrote 1265 days ago

I backed your book a while ago but in a recent conversation with my wife I remembered FORGOTTEN WOMAN and suggested she read it. She said it really triggered something in her own mind and asked me to say how much she enjoyed this and your other poems. Good luck on the journey up.
Robert Davidson
THE TUZLA RUN

Carlamarie wrote 1287 days ago

Wow... What a great compliment! It was easy to support "Earth Angel"; the pitch alone grabbed- then the story sucked me in.

Thanks for your support
Carla Marie

Great flow and realism. I could see you being a part of the Harlem Renaissance era :)

Thanks for supporting "Dani the Earth Angel"

nchowell wrote 1287 days ago

Great flow and realism. I could see you being a part of the Harlem Renaissance era :)

Thanks for supporting "Dani the Earth Angel"

Carlamarie wrote 1287 days ago

Thanks Rachael- I look at your picture and I'm sure that you can relate. I'm so glad you like my work. When truly talented people respect your talent it is such a compliment.

Thanks so much- Carla Marie

I love I Am America! Though I'm not American I can relate! I will read on I just wanted to say that its powerfully written with real emotion and from the heart. Big respect!
Rachael
Dreamsacpe

Rachael Cox wrote 1287 days ago

Your poetry is amazing, I absolutely love it! It has such a rhythm of life in every sense. Your subject matter is so powerful and written with great passion, yet when needed it is tender and beautifully written. Its been a long time since I read a lot of poetry but I used to love reading Maya Angelou and many others, and your writing really makes me think back to that time.
I wish you the best of luck
Rachael
Dreamscape

Rachael Cox wrote 1287 days ago

I love I Am America! Though I'm not American I can relate! I will read on I just wanted to say that its powerfully written with real emotion and from the heart. Big respect!
Rachael
Dreamsacpe

Njoy14u wrote 1287 days ago

Carla Marie,
No Do Overs.... I started form the last and moved my way forward. I've found people start with he first few and the later ones don't get read. Awesome stuff here.. My favorites are Rose Colored Glasses,Forgotten Woman and of Course Life without Koolaid...Hmm what would it be like. Your style is easy and straight forward, your words simple your messages strong. We are all given different gifts and you've done well with yours. Its a different style of poetry writing then mine and I really njoyed them.
Njoy *moods and expressions*

Carlamarie wrote 1293 days ago

I appreciate your support. Best of luck with your work.
Carla Marie

original
different
thought provoking
stylish
brilliant
on my watchlist.
read SEASONS..

Carlamarie wrote 1293 days ago

Thank you for your support. It means a lot.
Carla Marie

Carla Marie
is a poetess
she surpasses me
in my vain attempt at poetry
Life is but a passing shadow...on the linoleum

Best wishes for No Do Overs...and other truths

GK Stritch
CBGB Was My High School

GK Stritch wrote 1293 days ago

Carla Marie
is a poetess
she surpasses me
in my vain attempt at poetry
Life is but a passing shadow...on the linoleum

Best wishes for No Do Overs...and other truths

GK Stritch
CBGB Was My High School

Su Dan wrote 1296 days ago

original
different
thought provoking
stylish
brilliant
on my watchlist.
read SEASONS..

Carlamarie wrote 1297 days ago

You poured yourself into your work. Enjoyed it. Backed with enthusiasm.

wow... so very different from my style of writing. Definately strong and to the point and like mine, with so much feeling, emotion and specific meaning.
backed with pleasure
green h

Green H wrote 1297 days ago

wow... so very different from my style of writing. Definately strong and to the point and like mine, with so much feeling, emotion and specific meaning.
backed with pleasure
green h

Carlamarie wrote 1300 days ago

Thanks Jane, for your support- it means a lot to me. Your work is captivating and I can't stop reading. I wish you the best of luck. Backed.

Poetry that is devastatingly affecting , full of meaning and sharp twists that show an ambitious range and vitality
The issues which you raise capture a sense of injustice in all its aspects that takes this readers breath away.

This collection is outstanding.

Jane.

hikey wrote 1303 days ago

Poetry that is devastatingly affecting , full of meaning and sharp twists that show an ambitious range and vitality
The issues which you raise capture a sense of injustice in all its aspects that takes this readers breath away.

This collection is outstanding.

Jane.

teremoto wrote 1307 days ago

Heavy and hard hitting.

Pamela Wootton wrote 1308 days ago

Where should I begin? well I suppose from the beginning. I am not one for poems or poetry, but I guess yours did read like some of those that my English teacher used to recite to us during poetry classes. It is more captivating than I thought most poems are.Then again I could be talking utter rubbish, since I have no idea of what a good poem is suppose to read like. All I know is that this one reads very smoothly. I agree with the comment below about it being part of the school curriculum. Congratulations, there is no reason why you cannot get published. It is of course backed by me.

Carlamarie wrote 1314 days ago

Thanks Lisa. Your comments are very encouraging. Coming from someone with your talent- I take them to heart.

Again- thanks,
Carla Marie

Wow. I have read a few of your poems and you are a poet. I agree with one of the other readers who said this should be part of the school curriculum. (High School students) would probably benefit from your writing. My favorite is number 2. Love the title. Backed. Lisa

Carlamarie wrote 1314 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and support.
I take your backing very seriously-

Again thanks!
Carla Marie

Your poems are real. They are strait from the heart and appear to be thought from experience. I find it difficult to choose which one I like best.

lj reads wrote 1315 days ago

Your poems are real. They are strait from the heart and appear to be thought from experience. I find it difficult to choose which one I like best.

writerwithacause wrote 1315 days ago

Wow. I have read a few of your poems and you are a poet. I agree with one of the other readers who said this should be part of the school curriculum. (High School students) would probably benefit from your writing. My favorite is number 2. Love the title. Backed. Lisa

Elijah Enyereibe Iwuji wrote 1316 days ago

Dear Carla,

This is a really commendable poetic work. Honestly, great skill, mastery and talent is put to work here.I read it out loud to enjoy it. Quite gripping and captivating. It deserved to be published. I followed it to chapter six, and these attracted me in each chapter: "Destruction that genocide wrought, Lovely product of two persecuted people, Who has my complexion and a Dark Brown Father, Would President Nigger' (As I'm sure that some call him go down in history as finding his fate at the end of a rope...?, And I haven't seen my young squirrel friend today, While the Great United States, who never ceases to amaze, used its influence only to discourage others from taking a much needed stand," in Rwandan genocide. And lastly, "Judas Iscariot, disciple of Jesus Christ cut buddy, road-dog was supposed to have his back." A true African voice. This is menu for breafast, lunch and dinner, and I'll consum them daily. Please repeat the backing, for the first you said did not appear on my news feed. Will back you now. Goodluck, The Great Amazon.

Suzalex wrote 1316 days ago

Ah, I wish I could do something like this. I admire the strength in your words. Nicely done.

Suz

Pia wrote 1320 days ago

Carla -

No Do Overs - Strong passion, strong voice, punchy poems. I am America -... And Finally white ... because Massa always got his way ... Rwanda ... seduced to kill .... No Do Overs ...
Of course, the irony is, had it not been for Judas, Jesus would not have been that deeply imprinted in time.
I admire your poems for the same reason I admire Maya Angleou's work ... I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide ... they inspire reflections.

Best Wishes, Pia

SusieGulick wrote 1322 days ago

You are totally fantastic, Carla Marie! :) How can I ever thank you enough for backing my 2 memoir books? :)
God bless you. :) Love, Susie :) p.s. I'll #5 to put your book on my watchlist. :)

Carlamarie wrote 1324 days ago

Thanks for your eloquent backing. As I have said and will continue to say- It means so much when talented people believe in your talent.

Again, Thanks for your support
Carla Marie


You've given us a breathless set of poems with edgy images and vivid messages. Confident phrasing. Smooth construction. Magical use of language. Razor sharp poety. Backed.

CarolinaAl wrote 1328 days ago

You've given us a breathless set of poems with edgy images and vivid messages. Confident phrasing. Smooth construction. Magical use of language. Razor sharp poety. Backed.

Carlamarie wrote 1337 days ago

Thank you, Fletch, so much for your support and encouraging words. Also I thank your keeping an open mind with regard to "sharing the different colors of life", as you so eloquently put it. As I've said before- it means a lot when talented people believe in your talent. I love the way your mind works- enjoyed Mandy Truman's strange story. :)

I too hope that we can share our views.

Carla Marie

Carla-

Great Title. It justifies it all.
I do not mind much about grammatical errors or a miss of using punctuations like any other writers do here as they are making comments. I want to comment on the general impression of the story, your way of writing and the perfect message that you want to share to your readers because after all, literature is sharing all the different colours of life.I love the theme that you want to impart to your readers that we must live on purpose; Grown-Ups seldom get "Do-Overs" and the experience of living. I believe you, as a writer, have got all the good elements to be called a good writer.
The fact of the matter is, I haven't finished reading the whole chapters but I manage to read chapters 1-4 and those chapters were enough to convince me that you qualify to get a good publisher. I am sorry if I comment a little late but I have backed this already.
I hope this is not the last time that we can share our views and opinions about our works.
Take care and good luck to your writing endeavours.

FLETCH

fletcherkovich wrote 1337 days ago

Carla-

Great Title. It justifies it all.
I do not mind much about grammatical errors or a miss of using punctuations like any other writers do here as they are making comments. I want to comment on the general impression of the story, your way of writing and the perfect message that you want to share to your readers because after all, literature is sharing all the different colours of life.I love the theme that you want to impart to your readers that we must live on purpose; Grown-Ups seldom get "Do-Overs" and the experience of living. I believe you, as a writer, have got all the good elements to be called a good writer.
The fact of the matter is, I haven't finished reading the whole chapters but I manage to read chapters 1-4 and those chapters were enough to convince me that you qualify to get a good publisher. I am sorry if I comment a little late but I have backed this already.
I hope this is not the last time that we can share our views and opinions about our works.
Take care and good luck to your writing endeavours.

FLETCH

Miles A wrote 1350 days ago

Eternal and unspoken truths. Backed

Miles A. Robinson
Song for My Father/ Loud Lucy Ludlow

Carlamarie wrote 1350 days ago

Thank you Elijah, for the encouragement. It is appreciated.

Good Luck to you also,
Carla Marie

Hello Carla,

You are a pretty gritty, poignant and contemporary poet. your poems are rhythmic, slight comic, captivating and provoking the inner conscious mind. An excellent collection. You deserved kudos. Goodluck.

Elijah Enyereibe Iwuji wrote 1350 days ago

Hello Carla,

You are a pretty gritty, poignant and contemporary poet. your poems are rhythmic, slight comic, captivating and provoking the inner conscious mind. An excellent collection. You deserved kudos. Goodluck.

Carlamarie wrote 1352 days ago

Thank you so much for checking me out. I looked at your Southern dis-Comfort last week and had it on my shelf. Very nice... I will place it back on to ensure proper credit.

Again, I appreciate your support.

CarlaMarie

hullo Carla. an interesting topic always seeking another answer, a different answer. Very good poems. Already shelved and backed.
Please take a look at my book if you have not and thanks for that.
Linda Lou Long
Southern dis-Comfort
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=11421

Linda Lou wrote 1352 days ago

hullo Carla. an interesting topic always seeking another answer, a different answer. Very good poems. Already shelved and backed.
Please take a look at my book if you have not and thanks for that.
Linda Lou Long
Southern dis-Comfort
http://www.authonomy.com/ViewBook.aspx?bookid=11421

celticwriter wrote 1355 days ago

Hey Carla, nice stuff. Not a critic here, just a scriptwriter who enjoys a visual, and appreciate structure. Backed.

sincerely,
jim
jack & charmian london

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