18
November

Micropoetry – Alone on the Porch

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sitting
alone on the porch,
the sun burning a hole
in the horizon,
a breeze, gentle,
ever so slight,
caresses my face and,
closing my eyes,
becomes
your breath

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23
October

Sublime Swallowtail by Rick Stephen

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Sometimes I just get lucky as in this case. I took my camera to a local park while on my lunch break yesterday. One end of the park attracts butterflies, primarily Swallowtails, Monarch, Mourning Cloak and lots of Skippers. This beautiful Swallowtail was flying to within arms length of me, turning and then coming back. Finally, it settled down on a bush mere feet away. With my zoom macro lens, I was able to capture a few frames of this sublime beauty. It was as if she wanted my attention and then posed for me. Would that all these beautiful creatures be so cooperative. I hope you enjoy the photo!

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22
October

Clouds in Sepia Tone – Rick Stephen

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You can purchase this photograph in many different formats (framed, canvas, acrylic or metal prints and more) on my Fine Art America artist page. Just click on the photo.

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15
October

Don’t Give Up …

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14
October

Event Alert: Poets and Dreamers Fiction & Poetry Literary Reading Series

If you’re located in Southern California, southern Orange County in particular, here’s a poetry event that may be of interest to you. Here are the particulars:

Event Type: Poetry/Fiction Reading/Performance
Event Date and Time: October 24, 2015 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Description: Poets and Dreamers authors of fiction, poetry & memoir will gather to perform selected sections of thier works; signed books will be available for purchase.

Anne Tammel, author of fiction and poetry, will read selected works from her upcoming fiction series.

Venue:
Poets and Dreamers Fiction & Poetry Reading Series at Village Book Exchange
99 Avenida Serra
San Clemente, CA 92673
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13
October

This Life Apart- by Rick Stephen


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This Life Apart

Silence reigns
as raindrops fall
and echoes down
the empty halls

Of a mind forlorn,
too numb to see
what life holds,
what could still be

His senses dulled
life became gray
yet he stumbles on
day after day

Without human touch,
his heart’s grown cold
and though still young
he feels so sold

So out of touch
with his own soul
he doesn’t know
he’s no longer whole

Even if he could,
he wouldn’t start
having grown to need
this life apart

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8
October

The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool Now Available for Kindle!

rpfkindleI’m happy to announce that my book, “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool”, is now available for Kindle! That means you can enjoy my poems anywhere on your smartphone, tablet or computer using the Kindle Reader app. If you’ve hesitated or been unable to buy the print version of my book, at $2.99, I think it’s a real steal. You can see and buy the Kindle version here. Give it a look. I hope you will enjoy it and leave a review on the Amazon website. Thanks so much for reading!

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2
October

Just Sharing An Excellent Article on Sylvia Plath

sylvia-plathFor today’s post I’d just like to share a link to an excellent article on Poet Sylvia Plath on the Poetry Foundation website.

This article was one of several in the Poetry Foundation’s latest newsletter. You can sign up to receive their bi-weekly newsletter and other newsletters here, if you wish. I’d encourage you to do so, if you love poetry. They’re great resources!

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16
September

Childhood Daze – Photograph and Poem by Rick Stephen

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22
May

Look within yourselves …

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You are stronger than you know and the strength you need is within you. Do you believe that? When I get frustrated, feel inadequate, unsupported, feel like quitting … sometimes just feeling sorry for myself, I try to remind myself of this quote by Charles Bukowski.

I’m not saying that at times we don’t need friends or even help, surely we do. Life can be overwhelming. I’m just saying that, more often than not, we sell ourselves short. We’re far stronger and more capable than we give ourselves credit for. Frankly, I doubt thought most of us have any idea how strong we really are. Don’t give in, find out!

“drink from the well of your self and begin again.”

Just some food for thought.

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