The Prolific Great

when his ship went sailing

out of this life, the news

was that he had left behind

almost 3,000 poems and

for that we owe respect

imagine the mind it takes

to create that much poesy

the inspiration, the writing,

the editing, the revisions

how many were great?

those are the ones we’ve read

how many were good?

those wound up in volumes

how many not-so-good?

those are piled in a box

held onto by the estate

yet the number is a

staggering one to say

the least, and he did,

through those 3,000

prove himself to be

one of the greats

so now do I set out

to write my own 3,000

or to write 10 that could

somehow stand up to the master?


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on June 7, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Ah, but it’s all in the eye of the reader.

  2. The Greats all Master they’re own Magnum Opus when leading their own beaten path…

  3. Let me know when you figure it out! Been thinking along those lines, too, since I seem to write every day. 🙂

    • Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll figure it out. I normally just write what I feel or what I’ve experienced and do it as well as I’m capable of doing it. Beyond that, I have no control. But I will say it’s great to be able to interact with great people like yourself every day because I write. 🙂

  4. Well I certainly hope that you do great. I know you do in the eyes of those who already love you. Honesty is it’s own great reward and the ability to share it. Lord bless my friend.

  5. At the risk of sounding stupid, who was the master?

  6. Sounds great John I know you can do it I’ll be rite behind you all the way

  7. You are prolific and great as well – wish you all the best 🙂

  8. Hi John..just want to know is poesy is a real word? If it is it a plural form of poetry….

  9. Hey John, Been a while since I began following your blog. I never thought about setting a specific goal with my own writing. I think I am somewhat like The Carousel Horse in that I tend to go around and around until I find something to put on paper. You write very well and I enjoy all your posts. Keep up the good writing,

    • Thank you, Jerry! I got some advice quite a while back that seemed to be just a easy way to get ride of me – write daily and read voraciously. That has turned out to be the best advice I’ve ever gotten. Now writing is a habit that I can’t break and something I do every day. The volume increases but then there’s always that time when I have to go through what I’ve written to decide what’s good enough and what’s not…though I never throw anything away. I keep it all. It’s always great to hear from other writers to find out what their process is. Glad to meet you!

  10. I have never set any goals for myself when it comes to writing, maybe I should? It’s an interesting thought, would I be more productive or write better if I did? Something to ponder…

  11. Alexia Lauren

    You surely are very close to success. (:
    I enjoyed reading.

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