10
March

After the Storm

After the Storm

After the Storm
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 08-Mar-2013

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28
February

Savage Chickens on “Meaning”

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25
February

Dilbert’s Poem

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13
February

Morning Fog

Morning Fog

Morning Fog
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 11-Feb-2013

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7
February

So very true …

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28
January

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

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5
January

A Beautiful Little Blossom

A Beautiful Little Blossom

A Beautiful Little Blossom
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 18-Jan-2013

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24
December

The Starflower

The Starflower - (Borago officinalis or Echium amoenum)

The Starflower – (Borago officinalis or Echium amoenum)

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11
December

The Swim by Richard Stephen

I’ve been feeling a bit stuck in my usual genre lately and have been looking to expand out to other new and interesting areas. The response to some of these poems has been quite gratifying. Others not so much but being a new writer I must remind myself that it is all a learning and growing process. After all, I’ve only been at this a little over a year and a half and it’s not like I had been a “creative” individual in the past. So, I keep plugging away at it.

It’s something I encourage you to do also. Even you if you are happy and comfortable in your favored genre, branching out and experimenting will help expand your mind and horizons, expose you to different styles and methods of writing and make your a better writer in your chosen genre. You can start by reading poetry in genres you don’t normally read. You might be surprised at what your find and what you like! Either way, it may give you ideas and inspiration you can incorporate into your own writing.

My latest poem, “The Swim” is a deviation from my typical romantic fare. It’s still rhyming verse but written with cinquain stanzas with a little different rhyming scheme. I hope you enjoy it and, as always, your comments and criticisms are very much appreciated.

The Swim

Icy swells crash over his head
as he swims against the tide
a buoy he seeks
yet he’s growing weak
his fear subdued by his pride

Earlier that night he’d made a bet
after drinking a few too many
to the buoy and back
of pride he’d no lack
he knew he was as strong as any

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2
June

Flower on the Forest Floor

Flower on the Forest Floor
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 2-June-2012



On a recent trip to the local mountains I happened upon this lone flower blossoming on the forest floor amid a bed of pine needles and cones. There wasn’t another such blossom to be found anywhere. How it got here I haven’t a clue and it clearly doesn’t belong in an alpine environment. Still, it made for a beautiful and pleasant surprise!

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