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The Poet's Soul

The world is unforgiving,

And life will take its toll.

It's difficult, when living

With a poet's burning soul.

But there's some compensation,

Which flights of fancy bring.

In his own imagination

The poet is the king.


Paul F. Cowlan, August 16, 2008




This poem was written for me yesterday by Paul F. Cowlan appearing as Lord Byron at the theatre festival "Sommerwerft" in Frankfurt/Main. "Lord Byron" offered to write poems on the spot for the cost of merely 1 Euro per line. I requested a poem on the theme "The Poet's Soul", and this is what he came up with. I think it's really lovely.

When I asked him, whether it would be OK if I put it here on Flickr, he said, "Yes, sure, as long as you make it clear that this poem is not meant to be serious." Well, by quoting him, I fulfilled his condition.


Oh, and I do love that elaborate handwriting of his. He stated that this is his usual handwriting, not a style he used especially for writing the poem.


To find out more about Paul F. Cowlan and his songs and works, have a look at his website:



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