13
February

Morning Fog

Morning Fog

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

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12
February

Lake Sunrise

Lake Sunrise
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 11-Feb-2013

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8
February

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?

Mere separations,
blank white spaces
or is there more
in those vacuous places?

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7
February

So very true …

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6
February

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!

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5
February

Yet I Try by Rick Stephen

plantincrackToday 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

I lose
yet I win
for I try once again

I doubt
yet believe
or my dreams life will thieve

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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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23
January

Poets.org Events Calendar

eventcalendarIf you’re looking for a poetry-related event in your region or are looking to publicize your group’s event, the Events Calendar at Poets.org is a great tool. The calendar allows you to search the large Poets.org database of events by state, date range or keyword. It’s a great way to quickly find poetry events in your area.

If you or your group has an event you would like on the calendar, you can submit the details by clicking the ‘Submit an Event’ link on the left. Fill out all the relevant information and provide contact details, click the submit button and you’re good to go. It’s a great resource for those looking to find or promote poetry-related events.

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22
January

Spirit of Love Poetry – Poems about the Miracle of Love and Life

KDMI confess I’ve been remiss in writing about a wonderful poetry blog recently started by a new friend of mine, Katrine Dal Monte. Katrine is a multi-faceted individual with talents ranging far beyond her poetry. Her new blog, Spirit of Love Poetry is dedicated to love poems and showcases not only her own wonderful work but also that of her friends. When I asked Katrine her plans for her blog, her answer was simple:

“Well, basically, I will continue to add my poems to it, and I will add more friends/poets links to their HubPages and/or blogs, plus if anyone is interested they can add their own love poems to my blog. I’m not trying to monetize on my blog, just to share really.”

Frankly, her’s is a simple and refreshing attitude; a desire to share her own poetry and promote that of her friends. If you enjoy love poems, I encourage you to visit and bookmark Katrine’s blog, Spirit of Love Poetry. Return often, I’m sure the content will be growing fast. When last I checked, Katrine has already devoted six pages to her friend’s poetry. I don’t know about you but I think the web can use more sites like Katrine’s.

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22
January

“A writer’s pen possesses the words a tongue may not.” – Qudsia Pervez

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