29
December

A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just begins to live that day. – Emily Dickinson

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19
December

‎”Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.” – Dennis Gabor

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15
December

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

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27
November

A Glass Shattered

I was inspired to write this poem after reading a biography of Sylvia Plath and then reading some of her poetry. Sylvia was a brilliant poet who suffered from severe bouts of depression and suicidal tendencies most of her life. How she was treated by those closest to her, especially her husband, make her life a dramatic example of how not to relate with people suffering from mental illness.

A Glass Shattered
by Richard Stephen

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31
October

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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20
October

A Word to Husbands by Ogden Nash

Not all poetry is cryptic with deep, hidden meanings known only to the author. Neither is all poetry tediously long.  Some of the best poetry is short, sweet, to the point and yet still quite profound.  Take for example the following by Ogden Nash.   Words of wisdom all husbands could benefit from.

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14
October

He Walks Alone Out On The Pier


A lonely, desperate man … a lonely, deserted pier

He Walks Alone Out On The Pier

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5
October

The More Loving One – W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden was an Anglo-American poet born in Great Britain who later became an American citizen.  He has been regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.  I must confess I had not heard of W. H. Auden until I heard a portion of one of his poems, “As I Walked Out One Evening”, quoted by the Ethan Hawke character in the movie “Before Sunrise” released in 1995.  The verses:
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19
September

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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19
August

Silence, Blessed Silence

by Richard Stephen
 
Silence, blessed silence
where on this earth
could you be?
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