23
July

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment. – Carl Sandburg

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10
July

“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

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9
July

Come the Sun

This poem is a reflection on setting your hopes where they cannot be realized. Just like the most pleasant and vivid of dreams, try as you may you will eventually wake up to reality. It is called Come the Sun and you can read it in it’s entirety on HubPages. Thanks for taking a look!

Come the Sun

God, she was too perfect
though she was but a dream
a figment of my imagination
existing there only it seems

She saw me for who I was
always seemed to understand
offered me her friendship
extended me her hand

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6
July

The Love We Make

The Love We Make
(for peanut)

my mind still spins,
my heart it aches
with the memory of
the love we make

hasten back to me
dear heart of mine
and bring the love
for which I pine

for a single day
is far too much
to go without
your loving touch

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3
July

Beaten by Five Minutes by Rick Stephen


Beaten by five minutes
it’s the story of my life
who knew five short minutes
could cut so like a knife

You can miss so very much
when you’re late to start
in three hundred little seconds
you can lose your hopeful’s heart

In that brief space of time,
that handful of mere seconds
someone else can swoop in
and you could finish second!

Don’t hesitate, don’t think twice
don’t even take the chance
don’t hold back a tiny bit
when it comes to sweet romance

So in a race for a heart
don’t be the late beginner
being second’s same as last
there can only be one winner!

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3
July

Writer’s Block … Again!

I’m thinking I must have bought several of these without knowing because it doesn’t matter where I am now, I can’t seem to write a word! Of course, I’ve had writer’s block before. Several times, in fact. But this is one of the worst droughts I have suffered in quite some time. I’ve done all the usual things that have helped break the block in the past all to no avail. If someone has some spare inspiration they can send my way, it would be very much appreciated! I’d be glad to return the favor in the future. 🙂

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12
June

Two New Haiku by Richard Stephen

After reading some haiku written by a couple of friends, I was inspired to try my hand at this very different form of poetry. I had written one haiku before which can be found somewhere on this blog. Anyway, I wrote a couple new ones but, being new to haiku, wasn’t confident enough to publish them. After getting positive feedback from my friends, I was encouraged to go ahead and publish them.

And so I have! My two new haiku, entitled Pine Forest – a Haiku and Hummingbird Heaven – a Haiku can be found on Hubpages. I do hope you enjoy them and your comments and criticisms are very much welcome.

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11
June

Lily of the Nile

Lily of the Nile
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 10-June-2012

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5
June

It’s Clear to Me by Richard Stephen

Today on Hubpages, I’ve published my latest poem entitled “It’s Clear to Me.” In it, a man in love recognizes the signs of his relationship’s impending doom. I hope you enjoy it. As always, comments and criticisms are certainly welcome!

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5
June

Reflections and Refractions

Reflections and Refractions
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Photo: Richard Stephen - 5-June-2012

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