Questions? by Tim Jones

My son, Tim, continues to amaze me with his lyrics, raps and beats.  Here is one of his latest, a very honest, searching and introspective piece.  It definitely has his trademark style and sounds a bit street but that is the idea, after all.  I think I need to encourage his writing even more.



i look to the light all i do is wince,
been a creature of the night ever since,
heard stories of god, satan and angels,
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Ten Things I Wish

Inspired by a conversation about what would you wish for if you had 3 wishes, I decided to expand that to 10 wishes. This poem is the result of my more altruistic self.

Ten Things I Wish

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Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Jumping back to probably my favorite poet, Robert Frost, here is one of my favorite of his works.  Please take the time to watch the video by clicking the link below.  It was actually this movie, “The Outsiders”, and this scene in particular which got me started reading Robert Frost’s poetry.  The scene is great by itself but much more meaningful in the context of the whole film.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.

The Outsiders: Nothing Gold Can Stay
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Aaarrrrrrrgh! Writer’s Block!

This has been a slow month for writing whether it be poetry or this blog. I normally post my own poetry or that of other poets but I haven’t been doing much in the line of writing or reading of late. It’s funny that whenever I suffer from writer’s block (which is far too often) I also have a reduced desire to read. This is really unfortunate because reading, and not just poetry, often provides me inspiration to write. So, for me at least, writer’s block is a double-edged sword that cuts both ways.

So, not wanting to let this blog languish during such periods, I decided to expand a bit and use it to expound on my thoughts and feelings about poetry, both reading and writing it, how it affects me, my experiences in the poetry community and more. I’ve known for some time I’ve needed to make this blog a little more personal and have decided to take the plunge. This may seem silly for some of you but I am normally quite a guarded person. This whole adventure that, for me, began eight months ago when I published my first poem on HubPages is really quite a departure for me. I had never before published anything online before much less something as personal as poetry.

What I write, like most writers, is heavily based on my own personal experiences. It’s not all true. Some is fiction but still heavily based on real experiences. However, most is true. At least from my perspective. Writing poetry has proven to be, for me, a healthy and cathartic way to express feelings that I might otherwise have difficulty expressing. Feelings, that if left bottled up inside, could and most likely would ultimately be expressed in unhealthy and non-constructive ways.

I’ve found that writing poetry forces me to understand my emotions better. “Getting in touch with my feelings” is how most people would say it. This hasn’t always been easy for me. I’m a rather stoic type or so I have been told more than once. So this is all a pretty big step for me and quite an adventure. Of course, I realize that only a handful of people are actually reading this blog. I do hope that changes someday but it doesn’t matter in the long run. The reason I write poetry and this blog is not to gain recognition, I know my poetry is not that good! It’s to find an outlet for my emotions, my frustrations, my creative urges, to understand these things and to hopefully connect with others that have the same wish. If someone happens to enjoy my writing, if they’re touched by it in any way, then all the better.

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Forgotten Entire

Forgotten Entire
by Richard Stephen

Our love did die
a most terrible death,
I wept in pained silence
as it drew its last breath.
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