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!

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Choices Of Necessity: Revolutionary Blogging Haiku

January 2, 2018

It’s good to see me/
blog again. I stopped to get/
my nest well feathered.

A Good New Year: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

January 1, 2018

Black-eyed peas, pecan/
pie, and Dawg’s win for New Year’s./
Welcome to Dixie!

My New New Year’s Day Tradition: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

January 1, 2018

New Year's Day Black-eyed peas plus Held's bacon endsNew Year’s Black-Eyed Peas/
plus Wisconsin bacon ends: /
Merging 2 great tastes.

To Wallow Or Not: Revolutionary Blogging Haiku

January 1, 2018

If you wallow and/
dwell on all things that could go/
wrong, they prob’ly will.

I grew up in the land of ice and snow but never saw these: Ice Collars / Ice Flowers: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

January 1, 2018

Ice flowers on white crownbeard near Chickamauga National Battlefield, Jan. 2018Move to new climates/
and you may see different and/
strange ice formations.

*For a better description of Ice Flowers, refer to Dr. James Carter, Illinois State University, http://my.ilstu.edu/~jrcarter/ice/flowers/ this article.

Sideways Subtle Wishing: Revolutionary Blogging Haiku

December 25, 2017

How do you wish one/
you were once close to “Happy/
[fill in blank]”? Write poems.

Thinner Belles (Christmas in Dixie) : Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku and Song

December 22, 2017

Parka Girl on the Ice with an Ice Spud (aka Ice Chisel) -- Lake Winneconne, Dec. 2017
When Dixie’s daughter/
Comes back from Christmas up North,/
I sing “Thinner Bells”.

*Sung to the tune of “Silver Bells”
Thinner Belles!
Thinner Belles!
it’s Christmas time down in Dixie!
Not much snow!
fewer clothes!
Soon it will be Christmas Day.Parka Girl on the Ice -- Lake Winneconne, Dec. 2017
In Wisconsin
they’re all bundling
trying just to keep warm
that you can’t even see what they look like.
Past Mason Dixon
they’re all fixing
to show off their form.
With no snow suits or parkas we’ll cheer!
Thinner Belles!
Thinner Belles!
it’s Christmas time down in Dixie.
They’re so cute.
No snow boots.
Soon it will be Christmas Day!

My Land! Dixie Christmas Tree Cuttin’: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

December 21, 2017

Cutting my Christmas Tree in Dixie: My Land!A double-bit ax,
flannel shirt, dog, and my own/
Christmas tree. Life’s good.

Just Like Wisconsin Home: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

November 20, 2017

When I can see my/
breath inside, but can’t feel my/
toes, it’s just like home!

Such A Loss: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku Lament

November 19, 2017

Her hands made art, wrote/
words. Now they’ve taken who she/
*was, not all she’ll be.

OR
*was and all she’d be.