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Poetry

The thing that I’ve discovered about poetry that I really love, just from writing, and reading, and generally just being around more of it, is that it’s completely and totally honest. That’s it. Of course, it can be blunt, or harsh, or not really all that pretty, and then conversely it can be eloquent, or filled with metaphor upon metaphor, but still it’s truthful. Poetry, like most art forms, is a way for one person to explore and explain their individual realities as well as the whole of the world around them. So really, with poetry there is just no reason to be anything less than completely and totally honest; about what your thinking, or feeling, or experiencing. And that, I think, is what makes poetry such an unbelievably freeing thing.

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Your Poem

Disclaimer: This poem is meant to be shared, so do with it as you will.

This poem is for you.
So do not be fooled,
Because it isn’t written in your hand,
Or with your pen,
Or because you simply found it,
It’s been yours all along.
Perhaps even since
Before it was written.
Now that that’s through,
And we’ve cleared all that up,
I honestly have not much to say,
Except I hope you have a good day.
And i do mean that today,
And tomorrow,
Next week, and next month,
All through next year,
Because I don’t need to have met you
To know you deserve it.

Author’s Note: I wrote this poem at the beginning of this year, while entertaining the idea of writing something for somebody I’d never met before, and just leaving it for them to find. I wondered if maybe it could possible make someone’s day even just a little bit better. Then, after writing this, I started to worry that it was too silly, or just not good enough tho give away. So sharing this here is going to be my first step towards doing that; maybe now I’ll work up the courage to leave a few copies for whoever is meant to find it.

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It was Professor Plum in the Library with a Sonnet

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Thoughts From Your Favorite Cookie

Thank goodness. It was dark in here.

You’ll probably trip and fall today.

If you find an umbrella on the side of the road, hold onto it, it’s going to rain.

Don’t take candy from strangers.

You should stand out on a street corner and hand out free sweets sometime.

You’re more  valuable, than the silk road was to the spice trade.

Go to bed early tonight, you look tired.

Buy a new battery for your watch, the old one’s running low.

A dirty house is a good excuse to not have anyone over.

Make that phone call you were thinking about; you won’t regret it.

Read any good books lately? The answer should be yes.

Go outside. It’s a lovely day.

Even if it isn’t nice out today, you should still go for a walk.

Why are you taking advice from me? It’s not like I have any life experience.

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Today’s prompt (#21!) was to rewrite Frank O’Hara’s poem Lines for the Fortune Cookies. So this is me doing that!

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On Notebooks in Coffee Shops

Traveler's Notebook Starbucking

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The most amazing thing happened to me the other day. I was sat down in an overcrowded Starbucks with a mostly untouched latte and a NaPoWriMo poem that needed writing. During these times, I write in a notebook that I carry around with me everywhere I go; it’s were most of my poetry gets hashed out, where all of my brainstorming gets documented, and even where whole passages of  whatever project I’m working on gets written down. So there I was trying not to tap my pen to loudly against a brand new notebook when the lady next to me leans over a bit and says “Do you journal often?”

I was shocked at first, actually I was shocked for quite a while after that as well. Generally I like to assume that people aren’t talking to me when I think they might be because it helps stop me from throwing out some unwelcome comment before I have the time to even figure out whether or not I’m a participant in the conversation. So I looked up at this lady and sure enough she was looking right at me and my notebook.

I explained to her that I was a writer, a personal identifier that’s been coming to mind a lot more quickly lately, and told her that I used notebooks for all of the aforementioned things I use my handy-dandy notebook for.

Somehow, the subject of my manuscript came up, and then it was my conversation partners turned to be stunned, I guess. She responded with excitement, told me that what I was doing was impressive, and then went on to ask me about my book! Luckily, finishing the rough draft has helped me figure out how to sum up the thing without rambling on forever. Especially lucky, because she seemed excited about my book, like ‘hey I might be interested in reading that one day’ excited! Which was absolutely fantastic! Here was this random encouraging woman who fit my projected audience, complimenting me on my efforts and genuinely interested in my book. It was….indescribable honestly.

Now having this little conversation doesn’t mean my book is or will be any good, nor does it guarantee me a reader once I publish. What it did do, was help make me realize just how easy it is to reach out to your audience. There are people out there who will be genuinely interested in the things that you’re doing. Whether you’re a writer or a musician or some other artist or even a scientist or mathematician. There are interested people out there who’d like to hear what you have to say. All it takes is a little initiative to connect with some of those people, or in this case a little willingness to be approached by them.

 

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Because introductions are important,

Hello to anyone reading this, you have found the semi-professional blog of an aspiring novelist and lover of stories in all their forms. Though I will mostly be using this blog to relay progress on my current novel (which is hopefully to be the first of many), I will also be sharing poetry of my own, stories I come across, and perhaps the occasional wayward thought!

I go by Amber in everyday life, whitewolfwriter on a vast majority of the internet, and will be (self) publishing under AN King.

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