My son published at 15!

by Raydal
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I'm so proud of my son! He writes poems aaaall day!
And so I promised that I would publish his anthology
and he just received the proof from Amazon yesterday.
(177 pages, 59 poems.)

I may be totally biased but I think he is a poetic GENIUS.
Here is just one of his poems:

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"My Pen Just Died"

I was quickening my emotions unto paper,
When abruptly my pen's veins of ink ran dry;
With my deep flow of thoughts dammed like a river,
At the moment my instrument's soul had died.

Now I just lay benumbed before my nebulous pages,
Mournful as the mother bereft of her child.
A writer at heart, I have been throughout all my ages,
And to this passing,--I'm driv'n tearfully wild!
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Am I wrong?


-Ray Edwards
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Congratulations on your own personal Shakespeare, Ray. Looks like the kid had a good daddy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Slazengeer
      Congratulations on your son's success and best of luck for his incredible journey in poetry. Poetry is surely a difficult art to master and it is undoubtedly one of the best god's gifts. It is natural and found in very few people. One of my teacher is also poet and he is always lost in his own wonderful world.
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      • Profile picture of the author Raydal
        Originally Posted by Slazengeer View Post

        One of my teacher is also poet and he is always lost in his own wonderful world.
        That's funny! When my son is writing poetry he could hardly hear
        his name. You have to call him twice. His mind always seems
        to be on another planet. I tease him about it all the time. I guess
        it comes with the territory.

        -Ray Edwards
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    You are certainly blessed Ray, and your son is an awesome poet! Isn't it incredible how far a kid can go if he has the proper inspiration? I wish more parents were like you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Raydal
      Originally Posted by garyv View Post

      You are certainly blessed Ray, and your son is an awesome poet! Isn't it incredible how far a kid can go if he has the proper inspiration? I wish more parents were like you.
      All our kids are home schooled and you'll think that because
      I do copywriting that I somehow encourage him to get into
      writing, but when he showed me his first poem I was blown
      away. I didn't even know that he had an interest in poetry!

      His mother teaches the arts and I teach science and math.
      He reads a LOT, so I guess that the words soaked in.

      But he does have a depth to his writing that I cannot
      explain. But for sure being home with their parents
      make a big difference in a kid's life.

      -Ray Edwards
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Your son is very talented indeed and seems to have wisdom beyond his years.

        And it is so refreshing to see a father encourage and help his son live to the fullest of his potential. That is a rarity these days. May your actions be an inspiration to fathers everywhere!

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        • Profile picture of the author Raydal
          Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

          Your son is very talented indeed and seems to have wisdom beyond his years.

          And it is so refreshing to see a father encourage and help his son live to the fullest of his potential. That is a rarity these days. May your actions be an inspiration to fathers everywhere!

          Terra
          Well, I didn't grow up with a father so maybe I'm overcompensating?
          We have them for a short time so I try to make the best use of the
          time. I'm first a parent and then other things.

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          • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
            Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

            Well, I didn't grow up with a father so maybe I'm overcompensating?
            We have them for a short time so I try to make the best use of the
            time. I'm first a parent and then other things.

            -Ray Edwards
            Good for you, Ray! Your son will always have extra magic in his life because his father provided him with the means and encouragement to pursue his passions. In contrast, I remember how hurt a friend of mine was when his father dismissed his talent as a comic artist as a "useless hobby," even after he'd gotten published in a major magazine.
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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Reminds me of an NPR interview with a very, very famous songwriter.
    He wrote poems all the time since he was very young.
    He would write them down, or at least the write the idea, on anything he could find
    -napkin, kleenx, whatever. Later he always carried something to write on.

    As for being the father you did not have, the coolest man I ever met had a Dad who died when he was twelve, but made a huge impression and impact in those twelve years.
    Appears you are the same.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Smith
    Wow......what a brilliant young man!

    Let us know when the book is available on Amazon...I'd love to get a copy.

    Great title for the book too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Raydal
      Originally Posted by Jacqueline Smith View Post

      Wow......what a brilliant young man!

      Let us know when the book is available on Amazon...I'd love to get a copy.

      Great title for the book too.
      Should be available on Amazon within a week but you can get
      it here
      in the mean time. He choose the title. A little 'boastful'
      but I let it slide.

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  • Profile picture of the author Immu
    good to hear Ray
    and yes, you must be proud
    he have a great bright feature ahead.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenzo22
    Congratulations, he has a potential. But I don't like poems like that with fancy words and comparisons but with no real meaning. He must know a world bit more to put some knowledge and plot into his work. But I suppose they are good poems, I saw many similar in schoolbooks ( they were also lacking a meaning in my opinion ) Good luck for your son
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    Some people say that a picture is worth a thousand words. I think that a great short poem can be worth even more.

    I hope you don't mind me posting your son's poem here:

    " From the column of its trunk I learned that stories
    Must have a birth, a life, and an ending part,
    Branched off by words, numerous as leaves,
    That are seen by the mind but take root in the heart.
    So when the reader's lusty orbs, dripping with hunger,
    Meet the ashen plain of my writing's page;
    That they may find good fruit upon which to succor,
    That will satisfy them throughout the age."

    There's almost an entire book in that one poem. Yes you are right, your son may very well be a poetic genius. - I'm getting this book soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Congratulations to you and your wife and your son Ray.
      I'm not a poetry fan, but I enjoyed and understood the poem by your son that you posted.
      I think a couple of the keys to him being the person he is are the homeschooling and you being a parent first.
      You and your wife are examples of what being good parents is about.
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  • Profile picture of the author BTM
    Very impressive, congrats.

    :: goes to dig up the stock pile of old poems I have laying around ::
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