Why And How I Write: CyranoWriter’s 7+ Years Of Poetry, Prose, Photography And Creativity

May 8, 2016

More than 7 years ago, in January, 2009, I heard a poet read at President Obama’s first inauguration. I thought: “I can do that!” And so I started.
Making a goal of writing and posting a poem or creative piece every day, I put my creative thoughts into this blog. Most are short poems, which I try to make into Haiku (they are in the sense that they are 5/7/5). Some are longer. Some are free verse. Some are prose pieces. Some are silly. Most are serious and observational.

All of them feed my soul.
(Here is a great piece from Dead Poets Society / Robin Williams)

During the more than 7 years since then, I’ve written more than 6500 poetic and prose pieces. Along the way, I’ve discovered / invented three different types of electronic media poetry: ConTEXTing, IMprov, and ImproVerse. Each of these three has to do with an electron delivery method (phone texting, Instant messaging or IMing, and improv voice recognition.)

Some of the pieces are “romantic” in nature (I’m currently single, have been for nearly a decade, so these writings talk about the pathos of that state). Others are observations of either nature or human nature. Many deal with the issues we all face daily. And still others are just thoughts and musings, prompted by my observations of what is happening around me. Some are augmented by my photography. Most are left for you, the reader, to visualise in your mind. All of these reflect how I see the world, and what living and observing and just being means to me.

My hope, my dream, is that people will read my work and “see new”. They’ll think about how they see or what they feel about the things I see and feel. And, most importantly, I hope my writing, day after day after day after day, will inspire others to simply see, to observe the amazingness happening around them, and to capture it in whatever form or style they choose.

People tell me “I used to write. I wish I could write more. I need to write more.” To them — to YOU — I say: “Do.” Because, 7 years ago, I heard another poet. And then, I did.

PS: My work is in chronological order, with the most recent writings immediately following this post. If you are looking for a particular subject or topic, type in some key works in the “Search” bar (above right), and it should bring up all my writing related to that topic. “Prince Charming” seems to be a popular search!

On The Nightstand: Romantic ImproVerse Rhyming Haiku

March 24, 2017

She might leave the dime /
there, reminder of the time /
he showed how he cared.

The Worker Loaned His Cane: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

March 23, 2017

It shouldn’t surprise/
me to see kind service acts*/
in His Holy House.
OR
*acts of service

Temple’s Natural Symbolism Stretch: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

March 22, 2017

Three ladybugs on/
the temple’s stained glass windows:/
Symbolic? Maybe!

The Beach Is Never Too Cold: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

March 21, 2017

This is the difference/
between me and most others/
at the beach: Bare feet.Barefoot versus boots, Edmonds Beach, March 2017

When You Learn To Care With True Love: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

March 21, 2017

When you pray for folks/
who don’t care is when you learn/
Charity: True love.
OR
is when you learn/
how much you do care.

Consider The (Beautiful) Source: Revolutionary IMprov Haiku

March 20, 2017

Folks act surprised when/
Beauty takes great photos. Just/
consider the subject.

How Seattle Feels … A Lot: Revolutionary Commentary Free Verse Poem

March 19, 2017

Remember/
that time/
when was sunny/
in Seattle/
and I was texting,/
looking at my phone,/
and I missed it?

Going To The Land Of Ice And Snow, Home: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

March 14, 2017

If he returned in/
summer, not winter, would it/
be less cold up Nord?
OR
would their/
Nordfold be less grey?
November Fiord in Nordfold, Nordland, Norway, near Stamsvik or Engeloy
#JaShureImNorsk
#GrandfatherBirthplace
#NorwegianTourism

What’s Narcissism? Revolutionary Blogging Haiku

March 4, 2017

If I hear advice/
from a higher source, is it/
true narcissism?

The Message Gets Out: Revolutionary Blogging Haiku

March 4, 2017

Some criticized what/
I wrote. Was I wrong? One said/
it brought peace. Inspired.