Robert Haigh

When All Is Said And Done

When writing (in whatever guise),
I aim to please myself, it seems;
Not caring if another's eyes
Will ever read or analyse
My modest form of enterprise —
These living, waking dreams.

My lines of verse, or simple prose,
May not appeal to everyone.
But I choose not to interpose,
Nor pass rash judgement, I suppose,
On critics, or my would-be foes,
When all is said and done.



  • orchidee

    A fine write Robert.
    I've never written a poem in me life - I typed 'em all! heehee.
    Actually, I use pencil mostly, and not heavy-handed wit the eraser!

    • Robert Haigh

      Thanks Orchi. I usually use a pen or pencil to write my poetry, but I have typed the odd few straight onto my PC.

    • Neville

      He who writes aint gonna argue ... nice un & took the words write outa my mouth sir ................................... N

      • Robert Haigh

        Thank you, Neville. Take care my friend.

      • Teddy.15

        Dear Robert, it is the best attitude to have simply because we lose our own thoughts and we then become robot poets whom try to please others, i have the same attitude, i suspect everyone knows by now I write for hobby, i never take myself seriously and i enjoy the company of others who are geniuin, i am always surprised to see what poems of mine are liked more than others, its all down to taste, and yes one shouldn't change for the sake of pleasing others, an excellent reminder dear poet. A book i've been reading for the past few months is a "an ode less travelled" written by Stephen Fry, it tells me we are all poets it's what we do with our own talent that counts. Thank you.

        • Robert Haigh

          Stephen Fry is a brilliant wit and a brilliant writer. I have not read the book you mention, but I know it must be brilliant, simply because of his great talent.

          • Robert Haigh

            P.S. I forgot to thank you for visiting and commenting. Thank you, Teddy!

          • 2 more comments

          • aDarkerMind

            very well said Robert;

            we all have our own way of writing...

            I am here to enjoy the poetry of friends, not to impress, but to share;

            • Robert Haigh

              Yes, sharing is what it is all about, I would say. Thank you for reading and commenting, D.M. Much appreciated.

            • Fay Slimm.

              Well said Robert - As you rightly say our writing is for ourselves and expresses our varied views on many subjects - keep that ink flowing my friend.

              • Robert Haigh

                We have to accept the fact that many people have no interest in poetry, but also be grateful to those who read and comment on our efforts. I would still write, even if no-one read my poetry at all. Most of my family don't read it anyway... lol! Thank you, Fay, for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

              • dusk arising

                100% in agreement with your sentiment here until..... lol. Until a poet i really respect from the quality of their post on mps makes a comment. For me there's no doubt about it, such things give me pleasure, a boost and do encourage me to have confidence.

                • Robert Haigh

                  It is encouraging to get good comments from writers you admire, I admit that. But as I said in my comment about this poem, I would still write, even if I had no readers. Like many others, writing is in my blood. I thank you for stopping by, and commenting. Cheers!

                • Saxon Crow

                  Very true Robert. It always fascinates me that whatever we write can be interpreted differently by others. In the end we do only write for ourselves and our own enjoyment. Poetry is one of the truly subjective arts in my very uneducated opinion. Therefore, another person's opinion although welcome (or not) is, ultimately, unimportant. A good piece of poetry my friend

                  • Robert Haigh

                    Thank you, Sax. I always welcome different perspectives from people who read and comment, especially if they can relate to a poem of mine in a personal way. Some poems are more open to interpretation than others, but that's the beauty of any expressive art, I would say. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment.

                  • Doggerel Dave


                    • Doggerel Dave

                      (Just kidding)

                      Since I like and am entertained by your work, I believe we have absolutely no problem here, whichever way it bounces.

                      For myself, I write to communicate something, and if there is no evidence that anyone is understanding I would be bloody disappointed. Ah me, there's an exposure, a vulnerability for someone to exploit......Never mind - press on remorseless.

                      • Robert Haigh

                        Every time we write and post a poem or piece of prose we show traces of ourselves and our own personality, I believe. Whether we write fiction or leave a trail of blood, there are clues of our true selves right there on the page. I'm OK with that. I agree that most of us also write and post to communicate - that is certainly part of it too. Thanks for commenting, Dave. Keep on writing, my friend.

                      • Accidental Poet

                        The truth without any sugar coating. We write from our hearts what we truly feel and want to say. I'm like you Robert, I write because it's a part of me that will not stay inside me. It helps me to clarify my mind and ideals to be who I need to be. And I believe that is the main reason anyone writes poetry. It just makes you feel good to put it down in words. A great write Robert. 👍

                        • Robert Haigh

                          Thank you, A.P. I think we all write for many different reasons, but there are common factors for us all, as you say. Glad you can relate to this poem.

                        • Goldfinch60

                          Very true words Robert, we write for ourselves and if others enjoy what we write that is a bonus.


                          • Robert Haigh

                            I agree, Andy. Thanks for your comment, my friend.

                          • Jayasree

                            Well written Robert, you can't please everyone. If it brings happiness that's what counts.

                            • Robert Haigh

                              As long as we are relatively happy with what have written, it does not really matter if there are some dissenters among our readers. You are right: we can't please everyone. Thanks for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

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