Savage Chickens on “Meaning”
Chicken Poetry Reading – Time for a Laugh
Mercies in Disguise – a Tanka poem by Sannel Larson
I haven’t featured a poem by my friend, Sannel Larson in some time. She has recently written a beautiful Tanka, a form of Japanese poetry, and published it on her blog. You can read “Mercies in Disguise” on her blog, Sannel’s World of Poetry.
I’d suggest you bookmark her blog as you will want to return. Also, if you would like to get to know a little more about the woman behind these beautiful poems, you can follow her other blog, Sannel in a Nutshell. As she says, “This is the blog where I write everything that inspires and blesses my daily life”. I’m sure you will find Sannel’s personal journey as fascinating and beautiful as she is herself!
What’s in the Spaces? by Rick Stephen
What is it about writing that makes it more than a mere collection of letters and words? I’m thinking in particular of poetry since that is what I write but the question applies to all types of creative writing. Clearly, the words themselves have meanings and words when organized properly can convey even more complex meanings and messages. This is clearly seen in textbooks, instruction manuals, newspapers and such. These are writing forms that have the intent to convey knowledge.
But with creative writing, be it a novel, short story or poem, often the total exceeds the sum of the parts. The words or something also there on the page invoke an emotional response that can’t be accounted for by the collection of words themselves; feelings that can’t be conveyed by mere words. Yet, it seems the words themselves do just that. To those that have experienced being moved in such a way the phenomenon is clear. It’s almost as if the author was able to include amid the letters and words and lines a little bit of his soul. Just enough to convey the emotion the author felt through the dried ink on the page and into the reader’s heart. My poem, “What’s in the Spaces?”, is my rumination on this topic, on this mystery. I hope you enjoy it. Better yet, I hope you experience it. Both as a reader and as a writer.
What’s in the Spaces?
What’s in the spaces
between the words
so painfully crafted
into lines and then verses?
blank white spaces
or is there more
in those vacuous places?
So very true …
Time for a laugh or two …
Every so often, we all need to take a break and laugh a little if for no other reason than to release some tension. I came across this during a recent web surfing session. I laughed my ass off reading it. I’m not sure if I was laughing because, well, some of these are pretty feeble attempts or if I recognized myself in some of them. Still, enjoy. Laugh out loud, if you can. Let off some steam. You’ll feel better, if you do!
Yet I Try by Rick Stephen
Today I published a new poem on HubPages entitled “Yet I Try.” It’s about holding on to your dreams in the face of disappointment and repeated failure, about not giving up. It’s likely most people will be able to relate simply because very few dreams of any substance are realized without a measure of blood, sweat and tears. The bigger the dream the more blood, sweat and tears are usually shed realizing it.
I wrote this because a dear friend of mine has been struggling lately, feeling dry, defeated and like giving up. I wanted them to know that they can and will push through these hard times. That they are stronger than even they know and that their talent and ability will shine brightly again … soon. I hope you enjoy it and maybe draw a little inspiration, if you are feeling this way too. Remember, it’s not something unique to you. Everyone feels this way at some point. As always comments, suggestions and criticisms are always welcome!
Yet I Try
yet I win
for I try once again
or my dreams life will thieve