2
November

Dragonfly Closeup – Rick Stephen

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8
September

Selfless by Rick Stephen

selfless
\ˈsel-fləs\ adjective

having or showing great concern for other people
and little or no concern for yourself

a goal,
a dream,
for the self-centered fool
that I am,
an impossibility

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3
September

Absence by Rick Stephen

absenceAbsence
/ˈabsəns/ noun

the state of being away from
a place or person,
the nonexistence
or lack of …

your touch,
your scent,
your way …
you

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30
May

One Poet’s Paradox – Rick Stephen

One Poet’s Paradox

I put words to paper
in relentless attempts
to persuade you
I am no fraud

But how can I
sway you when
I fail to convince
even myself?

Endless words
penned countless times
to prove that which I
can’t accept myself.

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24
May

Micropoetry – 5/24/2016 – Rick Stephen

girlwindowshe waited for him with
an abiding patience
yet he had worlds
to conquer
of which hers
was but one

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19
April

Glowing Gazania by Rick Stephen

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A beautiful Gazania blossom glows when backlit by the sun. A sure sign of spring around these parts, Gazania blossoms are everywhere thanks to a relatively wet winter courtesy of El Niño.

Photograph by Rick Stephen. Available on Fine Art America.

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8
April

Thoughts Upon My Bed by Rick Stephen

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Thoughts Upon My Bed

 

I wonder

Has the night always been so deep
and dark?

In my youth, it seemed
much less so

When twilight thoughts upon my pillow drifted on calm breezes
into serene dreams

And always returned with morning’s wind
and the rising sun.

Now, tempest tossed, they are driven far, far away, lost
in night’s inky blackness

Ships receding, then slipping over unknown horizons,
never to return

So tell me

Has the night always been so deep
and dark or

just that my mind has become
much more so?

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2
April

April is Here and So Is National Poetry Month 2016!

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April is here and that means that so is National Poetry Month 2016! National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

While we should celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.
  • You can learn more about National Poetry Month and how you can be involved by visiting the National Poetry Month 2016 web page at Poets.orge. Celebrate poetry and have fun!

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    23
    March

    Serene Sunrise – Photography by Rick Stephen

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    The sun breaks the horizon over a serene Lake Elsinore in southern California. I miss having the time to stop by the lake in the early mornings as when this photo was taken. It was a good way to start the day and a habit I need to resume. I hope you enjoyed the photo! Click on the photo to see this photo and others in my portfolio.

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    18
    November

    Micropoetry – Alone on the Porch

    porchsunset

    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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