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Creative Writing: Creative Presence, My Poetry

Creative Writing: Poems to Inspire: Sea Sounds

I come down to the sea to sit on a rock, and meditate, all thought undone, in the waves’ whoosh and turn. A young man comes, sits down on another one, takes out a guitar starts to strum. Above, on the promenade the runners have begun to run. On the road, the traffic is starting to thrum. Down here where the waves whoosh and turn, we sit on, the young singer and I, two faces upturned, warmed by the same sun the same sky and the sound of the sea underscoring his song. For me, a poem is a key,…

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Poems To Inspire: The Daisy Dance

And what can we learn / from the daisies / on this summer day? / The lazy ways of their / opening?/ The unfurling of petal / light fingers, cupping yellow / fistfuls of wind / to dance with the sky? For me, a poem is a key, unlocking a moment in time and revealing the infinite well of possibilities that every moment holds. Poetry brings us to creative presence. Interested in reading more?

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Poems To Inspire: I Am

I have thoughts/ but I am not my thoughts. I am/ one who sees them swirl. What can be seen/ is not the seer. I have/ thoughts but my thoughts are not me. I have a body / but I am not my body. I am / one who makes it move. What can be moved/ is not the mover. I have/ a body but my body is not me./ I have feelings/ but I am not my feelings. I am/ one who feels them feel. What can be felt/ is not the feeler. I have / feelings but my feelings are not…

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The Power of Now: A New Poem

The Power of Now With thanks to Eckhart Tolle. The talkers talk of leaving or remaining who should go, what cannot stay who’s right, what’s wrong where’s goodness gone. Too many old, the lawless young we’re bound to pay, we’ll come undone the planet’s doomed, the coming bomb. But yet the young never brought forth more than now the old never garnered more than now peace was never planted more than now goodness has never grown more than now and goodness knows we are as welcome as we ever were here in the presence of now And so rocked in…

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Creating Happy Holidays: A New Poem

After we’ve taken to the shops, the public houses, the clamour and glitz, we come home, step out of the swell, hole up with our howl, cradle it close, hold it still, until we can let it go out with us again, out into the cold and the frozen. Until we can let it show us how to love glamour: only as tinsel, as topping. The promise of Christmas was never a treasury. Frankinsense and myrrh came later. And as gifts. Brought to a child, into a manger, by the wise.

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A New Poem: Coming To

On my back. In the dark. Given up to night. I lie, a fool aground. A suckling. Yearning, turning in want and will, smothering in the urges of the underneath. Up there the spangled stars. The moon one quarter lit and on the wane. Hiding its hollows in its divide. And the black beyond. That dark that shades the darkness. The lacuna. Night pulls me in * Night holds me still. Night holds my wants against my will, until I am upended, and released to rise again. * Oh stars, shining in from forever ago, unfathomable in your million millions (Why…

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Join Me In Bringing Haiku To Instagram?

It’s my daily hobby to play with a form of poetry called haiku, as a way of fostering creative presence in the moment. And lately I’ve started posting them on Instagram with a photograph of that moment. A haiku is an act of transcription, a verbal and sensual photograph.
 The moment gives us the poetry, as it is created through us. Through our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin (the outer senses); through our feelings, memory, intuition, imagination, and overall sense of perception (the inner senses). We just transcribe it. And then the haiku is created, a witnessing of what we…

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Love Hurts? No Way

Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance dazzles, lonesome bleeds. Well yes, indeed. But none of the above is love. Love helps, love lights. Love warms, love rights. Love soothes, love feeds. Love calms, love heals. Oh yes, what will heal the sting of pain, and make your life feel good again, (again, again, and yet again), is love. Love hurts, they say. I say no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Poetry Pamphlets (Volume…

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Valentines’ Day 2016: A New Poem

I’m writing this on Valentine’s Day 2016, at a sunny table outside Cole St cafe in The Haight, 6000 miles away from The Hub. He is in London, I am in San Francisco. But love is what the scientists call non-local and no problem for it to leap continent and ocean. He got me a card, I’ve sent him a poem. The commercial side of Valentine’s day debases and dilutes love, with its cupids and chocolates, completely overlooking how love is a force that destroys the established order, over and again, even in a long relationship. (30+ years, since you…

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How To Self-Publish A Poetry Book

Selected Poetry 2012-2014 is almost here, it will publish in May 2015. I thought you might be interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting together a poetry print book, ebook and audio book. For this project, I worked closely with literary strategist Yen Ooi on concept, design and formatting. [Orna] Content – Poetry Selection The first step was for me to decide which poems I wanted to include in the selection.  As I looked back over three years of writing poetry, I was struck by how many poems connected to what I’ve been writing about in my fiction and nonfiction at the same…

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