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04/28/2017 Limerick Contest 49 Limerick
04/25/2017 Sweet Poet 88 Lanterne
04/18/2017 BAM: the Song 96 Lyric
04/17/2017 Angels and Lyres 102 Verse
04/10/2017 My Favorite Song: Whirlwind - Revised with Music 206 Lyric
04/05/2017 Back Again 653 Free verse
03/25/2017 More 145 Lyric
03/20/2017 Humpty Trumpty 197 Political Verse
03/20/2017 Never Come Back 105 Free verse
03/20/2017 Waiting 2 90 Monorhyme
03/10/2017 Holy Plans 122 Free verse
03/10/2017 God Bless 131 Rhyme
02/24/2017 Joy 147 Free verse
02/24/2017 The Voice 193 Rhyme
02/13/2017 The Clue 219 Monorhyme
02/10/2017 Getting Real 172 Couplet
02/05/2017 A Heart Divided 284 Free verse
02/04/2017 Beguiled 120 Couplet
01/29/2017 The Lovers' Whirlwind 185 Rhyme
01/29/2017 Wretched Heart 114 Rhyme
01/28/2017 Whispers 166 Rhyme
01/28/2017 Wishes 122 Rhyme
01/27/2017 Cloak and Dagger 203 Rhyme
01/24/2017 Opposites Attract or He Hypnotizes 233 Free verse
01/18/2017 Peace 191 Rhyme
01/16/2017 Old Friends 241 Free verse
01/15/2017 Heaven Waits 267 Rhyme
12/27/2016 He Touched Me 243 Free verse
12/27/2016 Another Lover 158 Free verse
12/27/2016 Apart 110 Free verse
12/27/2016 Free As A Bird 236 Couplet
12/27/2016 Tired of Waiting- Revised with Music 280 Lyric
12/26/2016 Big Hat 256 Rhyme
12/26/2016 Playing with Fire 233 Free verse
12/24/2016 Promises 174 Free verse
12/23/2016 From Across the Sea 258 Lyric
12/23/2016 Be Careful - Revised with Music 230 Lyric
12/22/2016 On Such A Hot Day 121 Couplet
12/22/2016 A New Book 148 Rhyme
12/22/2016 Dreaming Again 187 Rhyme
12/22/2016 Come In 141 Lyric
12/22/2016 What Would I Do 143 Free verse
12/22/2016 What a Trip 107 Free verse
12/22/2016 Rose-Colored Glasses 122 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Giving 316 Couplet
12/16/2016 Wolf Cries 258 Free verse
12/11/2016 Rebirth 2 188 Couplet
12/10/2016 If I Were An Elephant 218 Free verse
12/09/2016 How 148 Free verse
12/08/2016 Let It Be 295 Sonnet
12/08/2016 Pleasure and Pain 207 Couplet
11/11/2016 The Glass Jar 254 Quatrain
11/11/2016 Before the Snow 151 Quatrain
11/11/2016 Before the Snow 115 Quatrain
11/11/2016 Before the Snow 132 Quatrain
11/05/2016 Eulogy 252 Free verse
10/31/2016 Integrity 414 Rhyme
10/29/2016 Through Tears 226 Terzanelle
10/26/2016 The Music of Life 430 Rhyme
10/25/2016 Still Here 256 Free verse
10/23/2016 Stand Up 222 Rhyme
10/23/2016 Little Man 198 Lanterne
10/21/2016 Dizzy 242 Lyric
10/17/2016 Swan Song 212 Free verse
10/11/2016 Rebirth 222 Couplet
10/06/2016 Definition of a Bully 347 Lanterne
10/06/2016 Bobby, Billy, Belinda, Baby and Me 319 Alliteration
09/28/2016 Aqua Sky 251 Couplet
09/21/2016 Dreaming 264 Rhyme
09/21/2016 Real 238 Rhyme
09/15/2016 My Boy 305 Rhyme
09/15/2016 Silence 228 Rhyme
09/11/2016 On Another Planet 256 Couplet
09/09/2016 Misery for Fun 236 Rhyme
09/07/2016 Only Human - A Conversation 275 Rhyme
09/06/2016 Life Gets In the Way 193 Rhyme
09/04/2016 Love Waits 301 Rhyme
09/04/2016 Temporary 200 Rhyme
09/04/2016 Unloved 256 Rhyme
09/04/2016 Anger and Pain 420 Rhyme
09/03/2016 Go Away 226 Rhyme
09/01/2016 Cereal and Milk 423 Rhyme
08/31/2016 August's End 239 Rhyme
08/30/2016 Alone 227 Rhyme
08/30/2016 Going Home 313 Rhyme
08/28/2016 Wanted 223 Rhyme
08/28/2016 Socks 407 Rhyme
08/28/2016 Reaching Back 340 Rhyme
08/27/2016 A Child's Prayer 301 Rhyme
08/25/2016 Gypsy Dreams 269 Rhyme
08/24/2016 Waiting 226 Rhyme
08/24/2016 Telepathy 169 Rhyme
08/23/2016 Snowdancer 259 Rhyme
08/21/2016 The In Between 207 Rhyme
08/15/2016 A Rare Gem 372 Rhyme
08/11/2016 Dope 235 Rhyme
08/11/2016 Pushing the Envelope 253 Rhyme
08/10/2016 BAM 256 Rhyme
08/10/2016 Banana Split 448 Rhyme
08/10/2016 Magic Balloon 561 Rhyme
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I remember the first poem I ever wrote was called "Autumn" and I was in the 7th grade. It was an assignment and it actually was Autumn, my favorite season.  Unfortunately though, my teacher, Mrs. Turner, didn't believe I had written it.  She accused me of copying it out of a book and I got an "F";  I was shocked, hurt and angry.  So, when my mother asked me how my teacher liked the poem and I told her what had happened, she too was shocked and yes, angry.  The next day she walked all the way to the school (since at that time we had only one car which my dad used for his job) just to set Mrs. Turner straight and my "F" turned into an "A".  I was so happy and proud of my mother.  She even told me it was actually a compliment for Mrs. Turner to think my little poem had been written by a professional.  Well, then I did feel better and the "poetry seed" was planted.

After that incident was when my mother told me that we were actually related to George Gordon (Lord Byron), the famous English poet.  She said he had a club foot just like one of my cousins.  And, she even told me about my great-grandmother who had made a lot of money by selling some of Byron"s original handwritten poems.  I had never heard of him but soon I learned all about him by reading a biography of Lord Bryon and through reading some of his poetry.  That's when I fell in love with poetry for the first time.  His love poems were so beautiful.  To this day I remember:  "She walks in beauty like the night" and "My life, I love thee" which I learned to say in Greek though I can't write it in Greek.

Well, years went by and I didn't write another poem because I was too busy writing reports etc. for my English and History classes in college.  But then one day I was inspired to write a limerick about two dogs:  one white dog and one black dog and the black was "addicted to a cigarette pack".  It's funny that I still remember it. That was before I smoked.  Now I'm the black dog, "addicted to a cigarette pack". By-the-way, you might like to read my poem, "Dope", here on poetrysoup.

So anyway...more years go by...a LOT of years!  In fact, the "poetry seed" didn't really begin to grow until I was in my forties.  I don't know why.   All I can tell you is suddenly poems were coming to me like lightening bolts!  I'd be doing something mundane and suddenly a poem would just sneak itself into my daydreams.  Finally I realized  that I wanted to write them down before they disappeared because that's what would happen if I didn't grab a pen and paper right away.  That's when I started carrying a little notepad and pen with me everywhere I went so that whenever the inspiration came to me I'd be ready.  Now, I just use the Memo App on my handy dandy cell phone.  So much easier...and faster!

Then, I finally got a computer and I loved it.  I had to teach myself how to use it but now I've got it.  Eventually after playing on the computer for a while, I began to publish some of my poetry online at poetry.com and even enter some contests.  It was so exhilarating to see some of my poems in print in some of their books too. 

During that period of time I met a really nice guy from Oregon, my favorite state, and he was writing a book and he asked me to write a poem for the end of his book.  It was a romance and took place in some snow-capped mountains somewhere mostly in the wintertime.  "Beautiful!", I thought.  Being a Southerner myself, I had rarely experienced snow (which I dearly love) and had never even seen snow-capped mountains.  But, I had been ice-skating at a rink in Atlanta and I actually tried to snow-ski in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I loved ice-skating because it really came easy to me, unlike skiing.  I had thought because I could water-ski that I surely could snow-ski.  Wrong!  I wound up "skiing" down a whole slope backwards!  It was totally terrifying but at least I didn't fall!  Ha!

Anyway, I agreed to write a poem for his book.  I called it "Snowdancer" and it's about an ice-skater and is my second favorite poem to this day.  I will put it on poetrysoup.com after I finish this "Bio".  I am pretty proud of it since it was chosen to be the first poem on the first page in poetry.com's 2003 edition of "The Colors of Life".

My third favorite poem is called "Telepathy" and it was also published by poetry.com in their 2004 edition of "The International Who's Who of Poetry" and it too made first page.

Now you may be wondering what my number one favorite poem is.  It is "Heaven" which is already here on poetrysoup and the reason it is my favorite is that I believe it actually came to me from God.  It came out of the blue one day and I remember having to hurry to get a pen and paper to write it down.  Also, it was the first poem I ever had published.  Since then I've been fortunate to have quite a few poems published and I am now here on poetrysoup.  I have written a lot of poems since those first days when the "poetry seed" was planted in me and I know my grandfather (also named Byron), who also wrote poetry, would be proud.  And, I hope my mother, great-grandmother and ancestor, Lord Byron, would be too because it has become a great obsession now.

I would love to publish a book of poems now because I'm ready and I've been ready for quite a while but as usual the problem is always...money!  Of course! But, that would be my dream come true and number one on my personal bucket list.

Thanks for reading this and I hope you will read some of my poems and leave some comments as well.  By-the-way, I guess my style could be described as simple rhymes because I write for what I call "real" people who usually hate poetry and I am perpetually trying to convert them which I believe can be done but only with poems that are easily understood, not something so complicated that even I have to read it at least twice.  Here is my philosophy in a nutshell: I write for the reader.  If whoever reads my poems can't easily understand them, then I have not only wasted my time but their time as well.  If someone reads one of my poems, understands it and likes it, then they are more apt to read more poetry and that's what I want.  I want to plant the "poetry seed".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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