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SUSAN JOHNSTON OWEN-JAZZ / SITE OWNER/MUSICIAN, WRITER,ARTIST, ELEMENTARY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER (RETIRED)
BROWSE OVER THOSE 6 BOXES BELOW
Poetry may seem easy, but it is perhaps the most difficult on the emotions. Every poem must have a driving force which pushes the energy and flow. Occasionally I write light, silly poems for fun, but usually they're dark or deep. Claiming that they're not about me is only partially true. They'd have no impetus if they had no inner drive. Poems, good poems, are heart driven, anger evoked or written from passion about anything; even a tree. Poems are a look into the soul. They're little pictures or letters from the heart. Usually a first line will get into my mind and my mood will move it forward.
BREAKING THE BLOCK-PART 1
I don’t know if I’ve been blocked or lost a bit of freedom I used to have when writing because of the rules. I’m one to write free verse and not much for rhyming.
When I do get blocked I fall back on ABC poems, Tankas, Cinquains, couplets to break the block.
I wrote these quickly to get myself out of a rut. The last poem is the result of just playing with words for awhile. I tend to be dark sometimes. I hope somebody will keep this to help when they get frustrated. I studied at American Zoetrope which is run by The Coppollas, because I was invited into an office by a well established writer. You could not just put up poem after poem; you had to critique five poems and be critiqued before you could put up another. This can be brutal if your skin isn’t like rawhide.
My writing for a living is “Freelance”, where I’m given an assignment and a topic. I’m always doing facts finding. After retiring from teaching, I wasn’t good at that, so I chose to write. It’s a long arduous climb, and like anything worthwhile you have to study what you’re doing.
This writing is just for me. If someone appreciates it, I’m happy. There’s no desire to tell someone how to write; just passing along some hard learned lessons.
About six years ago I started to take poetry seriously. I’d always given my hand to writing it, but realized it had many flaws. Although there are more than 55 types of poems, there are rules. You can ignore them, but your thoughts are important for you to get across; so use a few.
The use of the word “and” is a big no, no.
Another suggestion is a thesaurus. If you’re writing about the moon, don’t repeat that word over and over.
Note, the word moon is not used more than once
An ABC poem is a type of poem that has five lines that create a mood, picture, or evokes feelings. These poems are five lines long. The words at the beginning of lines 1 through 4 are in alphabetical order and are made up of words, phrases or clauses. Line 5 is one sentence long and begins with any letter.
A Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others.
Line 1: one word
(subject or noun)
Line 2: two words
(adjectives) that describe line 1
Line 3: three words
(action verbs) that relate to line 1
Line 4: four words
(feelings or a complete sentence) that relates to line 1
Line 5: one word
(synonym of line 1 or a word that sums it up)
two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter.
She gathered her wits to face them,
The wait was unbearable now.
Under glowing stage lights she let out a deep sigh.
Victory might be achieved, she began.
The dance they’d see gloriously came from her heart.
Here comes the dawn of a new day,
Daunted by a night of no sleep.
Each chore needed its’ completion,
Faithfully waits for her action.
Decision; go back to sleep.
After their last encounter,
before the end of loves dance,
came feelings of insecurity.
Disheartening any hope of a chance,
two lovers walk in opposite ways, separation bound to last.
Once in awhile her heart will reach out,
forging in search of a soul mate.
Gathering strength should she once again fail,
happiness will find her when she no longer looks.
She’ll never settle, not her style.
CINQUAINS- I THINK THESE ARE FUN
Most feet detest
Running barefoot on beaches,
If they like,
You can probably trust
Worth uncomfortable clothes?
My body reacts poorly,
Turns knees weak
Steals the conscious mind.
Cause lost sleep
Need to be outlawed
TO BE CONTINUED