At one moment split
At another I’m whole
While an ongoing battle
Rages in my soul
Is this too much for me?
I sometimes think so
But at others the fight in me
Screams out “hell no”
It’s a torture of sorts
A test, this is sure
But one I must face
For relief to secure
Now knowing all this
What do I do from here?
I do not run from the world
But rather destroy my fear
To say Dan Brook enjoys art would be understating things to an extreme degree. While he works primarily as a political science professor in California, he also has engaged in a series of projects doing everything from photography to writing literature.
One of his really unique writings is a publication entitled “Daydreaming in Kyoto” which is mentioned on his Smashwords page as showing “this magical city through evocative and provocative haiku and photographs.”
Check it out when you have a chance.
Who doesn’t like a good pun? As a literary tool, they are hard to beat. So, here are a few I thought I would post and if you’ve got any of your own please comment.
Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
A horse is a very stable animal.
An elephant’s opinion carries a lot of weight.
You can’t lose picking a sherbet for dessert.
Energizer Bunny arrested — charged with battery.
As a person who loves to be inventive in my own way, it was a while back that having been inspired by the likes of the Sonnet, Limerick and Haiku, I thought about trying to develop my own poetic format. This is what I ended up developing. Who knows, maybe it will catch on.
I call it Singular Linearism.
The name is a result of the fact that it is made up only lines of a single word or single small phrase of less that 5 words. The full piece can be either 16 or 20 lines. And the structure is as follows:
If 16 lines –
Lines 1 – 3 – One word
Line 4 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
Lines 5 – 7 – One word
Line 8 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
Lines 9 – 11 – One word
Line 12 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
Lines 13 – 15 – One word
Line 16 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
If using 20 lines the phase should be at lines 5, 10, 15 and 20.
Anybody who has even a casual knowledge of music history knows about the one and only Johnny Cash. He was known for his deep words and often melancholic tone. But until recently, few realized that we also wrote poetic works.
In a book called “Johnny Cash: Forever Words,” his son collected 41 pieces that he had skillfully crafted and had them published for music and literary buffs. I got my copy a few weeks back but have not yet gotten much of a change to delve in.
If this is something you might like, check it out today.
It is available at retailers such as Amazon or can be ordered at your local bookseller.
Here is a short list of some of my favorite works of master poets.
Newest poem entitled Bearing Down
The cold iron bearing down
Upon my tightening flesh
Presenting the subtle cracking echo
Of deteriorating ribs
Breath now growing heavy
Heart pounding as a hammer
A feeling unknown
To those who live in bliss
But for us here
And for us now
Each day we know the ache
That only this conveys