29
September

A Desperate Darkness Under the Sun by Richard Stephen

Sometimes as a writer … sorry, I still have difficulty calling myself that … I find myself falling into routines, into ruts. You know, writing the same style and kind of poems. Certainly I still enjoy it but I begin to feel that I am stagnating, not developing as a writer. I feel the need to try something different to challenge myself and keep growing. This poem, A Desperate Darkness Under the Sun is an attempt to break out of the routine, to write in a different style on a completely different topic. I’m very much interested in your thoughts and suggestions on this one so please don’t hesitate to comment. I hope you enjoy it!

A Desperate Darkness Under the Sun

A desperate darkness settles on him
under the heat of the midday sun
with shaky hand he strokes the barrel
his only chance this glistening gun

His skin is blistered, red and dirty
the desert sun has had it’s way
many days has he been out here
three, no four, give or take a day

read more …

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29
September

Ducks in a Lily Pond

Ducks in a Lily Pond - Kungälv, Sweden
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Photo: Sannel Larson

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28
September

Three Blossoms

Three Blossoms - Santa Barbara
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 22-Sept-2012

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27
September

Sunny Side Up! – Matilija Poppy

Sunny side up! - Matilija Poppy
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Photo: Richard Stephen

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23
September

Morning Haze

Morning Haze
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 21-Sept-2012

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21
September

Morning Clouds

Morning Clouds
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 21-Sept-2012

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17
September

A Beautiful Pain – by Richard Stephen

I’ve been suffering from a couple of long bouts with writer’s block. This latest bout has lasted just over a month. The previous bout was also about a month long and was broken by the production of a mere two poems. I’m sure many of you can relate to this frustration!

This stretch was broken by a poem inspired by a conversation with a dear friend. “A Beautiful Pain” is a personal rumination on a Shakespearean theme from Romeo and Juliet, in particular the famous lines “parting is such sweet sorrow”. I hope you will find it worthy of your time. Thanks for reading!

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

– Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2

A Beautiful Pain

To Romeo did Juliet eloquenly opine
of a sorrow I’d never claimed as mine
how good night brings such sorrow,
a void unfilled “till it be morrow”

Though I’d read so many times
the master poet’s poignant rhymes
and watched enacted this very scene
I’d not grasped what it truly means

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4
September

Hibiscus Blossom

Hibiscus Blossom
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 4-September-2012

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