The Rise of Poetry

Essay – 1 minute read

The traditional gatekeepers of poetry, professors and such, have longed considered themselves quality control experts. Their narrow interpretation of what constitutes worthy works comes with constrictions and different restrictions.

Examples include:, Haiku, Ballad, Stev, Ode, Free verse, Blank verse, thematic, limerick and nursery rhymes. Spoken out loud, they provide powerful images within the confines of each style. A feat many writers haven’t bothered to try, poetry, was once deemed elitist and a byproduct of scholarly snobbery.

But The Beat Generation came along in my time and showed that not all poems have to rhyme and that provocative word pictures could be painted without formal meter or stanza standing in the way. A revolution that is still happening today.

Even more important to me, is that everyone can feel free to write poetry on their own websites or social platforms without conventional publishers dictating terms to them.

This, because of the growing poet population online, is the new Golden Age of Expression

The Trip

Oh! so mellow…

watching pulsing colors go by

a musical lullaby

from a sugar cube

a psychedelic YouTube

a view of the universe

a thirst

never imagined

a new legend

a world flowing

flowers growing

out of people’s hair

with nothing to compare

a sense of peace

physic release

glowing hope

like smoking dope

spinning rooms

incense perfumes

dancing all night

in the light

of lava lamps

in hippie camps

deep conversations

surprising revelations

and so mellow!

Slipping Away

100 words

She opened her eyes and pushed away the darkness of eternity. Not yet ready to submit to that unknown journey. She embraced her life for one more day.

Happy memories gave her strength to ignore her dying body. Her pale eyes still reflected determination and an active imagination.

Her fierce soul fought to stay one more day. She would not let her life slip away silently like it never happened.

Grasping for each hour like a sinking swimmer she held on until the next dawn when her soul let go leading her towards a bright glow and an eternal rainbow.

The Fantasy Train

All aboard the Fantasy Train!

Let your imagination take reign

no one is going to say your insane

let those fantasies flow into the fast lane

show your originality

and your creativity

through your artistry

in flights of fancy

the fantasy train is free

to people like you and me

a chance to let others see

your creativity

when you take that ride

you can say you tried

and found the upside

with pride

Growing Up

100 words –

Growing up is a paradox. A mystery to me.

An oddity with its inconsistency, because aging is both a gift and a curse.

Innocence and youth combine in exploration through a vivid imagination. No restraints on the confines of reality. No door closed. No thought unthinkable.

As age settles in, our experiences in the real world become mundane, as we learn that too much imagination may lead to people thinking we’re insane.

Doors once open to the mind, disappear in the daily grind. Bogged down by hard science and reality. Lost in logic and banality. Unoriginality is the final casualty.