It’s great to be back. Those who have honored me in the past by reading my submissions will remember that I have several self-published books. After a four year hiatus I am attempting to reinvigorate the muse and, in a effort to ease back into the craft, I have published a “poetry” book, my third.
I use the word “poetry” loosely because the term no longer restricts itself to work similar to that of Longfellow, Keats or Shelly. Poets of old were required to stay within strict guidelines, today anything goes. What we call free verse might better be called stream of consciousness writing. At any rate, working in this manner does help to get the creative juices flowing again.
The new book, titled “Thought And Afterthought,” is available through the publisher, LULU.com, and will soon be listed at Amazon and other fine booksellers.
Below you will find an excerpt from the book, chosen because it closely follows the subject of my most recent blog post in this space:
Within memory ‘decimate’ meant to kill one in ten,
A gay person was simply light-hearted or happy.
At the founding of the U.S.and A. ‘regulate’
Had nothing to do with controlling industry,
It merely meant to make uniform.
A couple appearing as guests on a day time talk show said,
“We’ve been dating for five years and have three kids.”
Such examples could fill a book.
Murder is illegal, abortion is not.
A future headline might read:
“In order to protect the mother’s mental health,
A Virginia coupe ‘aborted’ their 17 year old, drug addicted son.”
There is no need to change the rules
If you can change the definition.
Thanks for visiting, and I welcome your thoughts or comments.