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!

Missing The Sunset Choices: Revolutionary IMprov Haiku

August 29, 2016

I missed the sunset,/
stayed home, pitted peaches and/
plums, and did laundry.

OR
I missed the sunset,/
stayed home, cleaned, pitted fresh fruit,/
did laundry, and wrote.

I No Longer Need Courage: Revolutionary IMprov Haiku

August 29, 2016

People claim that I’m/
courageous to write the way/
I do. I was, once.

Staying Up Late No Mistake: IMprov Rhyming Poem

August 29, 2016

I wanted/
to head/
for bed/
early, /
but poetry/
and she/
kept me /
awake./
Which flake/
was the bigger mistake?
Answer?
Neither.

Vernal Stars Aligning Hope: Revolutionary Blogging Rhyming Haiku

August 29, 2016

Should stars align, in/
Vernal’s equinox, a new/
ragtop will be mine.

Surprise And Joy At A Fireside: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Free Verse

August 28, 2016

How oft/
have we gathered,/
’tis eventide,/
to listen to calm,/
soothing/
music,/
followed by/
pulpit thunder.

What a great surprise/
and fun joy/
to expect deeply spiritual
teaching,
but first
get Broadway show tunes
and ragtime
from the pulpit instead.

Some wouldn’t applaud.
(It’s the chapel, you know!)
But those
in the know
held up Fosse Fingers
and waved Jazz Hands.

Princesses’ Garden Tea: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

August 27, 2016

Garden work is not/
possible today, as the/
princesses take tea.

Learning The Truth At Last: Romantic ImproVerse Haiku

August 27, 2016

When she claims you two /
aren’t a good match, be patient./
You’ll soon learn: She’s right.

As I Try To Do What’s Right: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku Lament

August 27, 2016

All my life folks have/
doubted I talk to God. But/
if I don’t, then what?

New Life Chapter(s) : Revolutionary IMprov Haiku

August 23, 2016

The relief that comes/
when starting a new chapter/
in life raises you.


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