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!

This Birthday Poem Doesn’t Say Enough: Revolutionary Blogging Haiku

October 25, 2016

My daughter’s birthday/
should elicit more, but/
my heart is too full.

Not Lit Yet: Romantic ConTEXTing Haiku

October 24, 2016

Though she gave me her/
candle, she felt it was too/
early to ignite.

Weirdly, He’s Probably Like Me: Revolutionary Blogging Lament

October 24, 2016

I went to the Library,
a haven to write poetry
Aren’t these supposed to be
since Carnegie?

He came loudly,
spoke telephonely,
passively aggressively
disturbing me.

I, politely,
said he was disturbing me
and my thoughtful creativity.

He was not happy,
confronting me

He is, probably,
a lot like me.
Us could be
a creative we.

But he’s rude
(or ignorant)
and I try not to be.

A Good Pastrami On Rye Made Better: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

October 24, 2016

A sav’ry sandwich/
becomes much more pleasant with/
the right company.

Poemball Machine #2 Launch: Revolutionary IMprov Haiku

October 24, 2016

2sday its silver/
mouth yaws wide to deliver/
our papered short* yawps.


Poemball machine launch

A Dozen Possibilities Nulled: Romantic ImproVerse Haiku Lament

October 24, 2016

When you’re thrilled /
to do things, make certain she’s/
equally enthused.

Getting In Alignment: Revolutionary Quote

October 23, 2016

Something I heard today from a young missionary in Church:
“May we do what is needed to align our will with God’s, to show Him that we truly love Him.”

Eavesdropping An Artist: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

October 19, 2016

When the artist takes/
time to explain, you learn more/
than you thought about.L. Aerin Collett explains the symbolism of her award-winning art, Springville Museum of Art annual religious and spiritual art show, Oct, 2016han you thought about.

Artistic Humility: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

October 19, 2016

They bring beauty, joy/
and light into our world, yet/
oft hide from our praise.Artistic humility: Springville Museum of Art opening night

Hie Top Down To Kolob: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

October 16, 2016

Reaching for the full moon, top down, hieing to Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park, UtahWhen you hie, top down,/
to Kolob, God lets you reach/
and grab the full moon.
Kolob Canyon Panorama, Zion National Park, sunset, mid-October, 2016 -- Hie to Kolob!