Hi! My name is Rick. I write under the nom d’ plume (pen name) of Richard Stephen, my first and middle names. “The Poetic Fool” is my screen name for my online writing endeavors. My first love is reading and writing poetry. Photography is a very close second. Unfortunately, in this day and age, poetry seems to be a dying art form. My desire for this blog is to help change that just a little. I hope that by sharing my original poetry and highlighting my favorite poems and poets here, you too may develop an appreciation, maybe even a love, for poetry as have I.
I never considered myself a creative individual much less a writer and a poet even less. I had never had a desire to read nor write poetry. It had always been an odious task. I did not begin writing until I was well into middle age. I originally wrote for myself only, to give expression to the sorrows and joys that I had experienced. It was a cathartic, therapeutic exercise and helped me to crystallize the many disparate thoughts that ran through my head.
After allowing some close friends to read some of my poems, I was encouraged to publish them. I must say the initial responses were encouraging and very gratifying. Some of those poems are presented here as well as the works of other poets that have acquired deep significance to me. You will find that I am a bit of a romantic and many of my poems reflect that. I tend to write narrative rhyming poems that tell a story, usually with a moral or lesson. Still, you will find a variety of poems here. If you like my writing, please consider purchasing my book. Your support and encouragement would be much appreciated!
I also enjoy photography immensely and will also use this blog to showcase my work and share about photography as I learn. I’m not ashamed to admit, as an amateur, I still have much to learn. I hope you enjoy reading my poetry and viewing my photos as much I do creating them. If they touch you in any way, feel free to leave your comments, suggestions and criticisms, for that matter. They will be very much appreciated. Thanks for visiting my blog!