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Friday, April 5, 2013
Poem for April 5 plus thoughts
April 5, 2013
How does one choose a theme for a poem? It seems like most of the time I just wait for the theme to choose me, or I just start playing with a thought or a word and see what develops. Much depends on my mood, on whether the sun is shining and the air is warm (which does not mean a cold snowy day is depressing – far from it). Sometimes I am inspired by or intrigued with a blurb on the news or a line from a book. Sometimes my thoughts are highly personal, other times they are absorbed by lofty ideals or colossal failures. Now and then I am sad, and I write about it. Most of the time I am happy, and often bemused, and I write about that.
There are times when your soul dwells in a dark place. That needs expression just as much as, if not more than, the joy around you. Most of those times, you can say with a wry smile, “Just visiting.”
//THERE IS, THERE IS
//Pirates and dragons and silly old men
//take up my time while they play with my pens.
//Magic folk hiding from the uninspired
//dance furious jigs in my head ‘til I’m tired
//and cannot abate them, nor to do so I yearn,
//for it is in their lands where I travel and learn.
//Drink, merry old elf in your red suit and tie,
//climb on your dragon, away! and don’t cry
//that we have forgotten the image we caught,
//‘cause some among us still cling to the thought
//and travel in nightshades we must until dawn
//knowing you linger, forgotten, not gone.
I was born in Holland in 1950. My parents immigrated to the US when I was two. I have many close friends and family on both continents. My wife Diane and I have been happily married since 1974. I have four children and one grandchild (two more are on the way). I love writing and sharing what I wrote most of all..