Another Poem…It Is Still April!

One of my faves…

You

The sound of your voice

stirs my soul

and I come alive.

Your fingers brush against my skin

sets me aflame

and I surrender to you.

It’s you I breathe.

Without you I’m not me.

It’s you I need. It’s you.

The feel of your body

close to mine,

the world disappears.

One glance from you

I lose all resolve

and give myself to you.

Because it’s you I breathe.

Without you I’m not me.

It’s you I need. It’s you.

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To Love, Not to Hold

Again, in honor of National Poetry Month, a poem:

To Love, But Not Hold

You’ve been given to me
To love, but not hold
You’re mine,
But can never be mine
You’re a part of my soul,
So much, you’re never know
I lose myself
I n everything
You do
Can’t you see how I long,
Long to be near you?
You’re on my mind
Every moment, every second
All of the time
So if I have to, I’ll wait
I’ll wait as long as it takes
I’ve waited longer for lesser things
For you’ve been given to me
To love, but not hold
And you’re all that I want,
All I’ll ever need

April: National Poetry Month

And to celebrate, a poem:

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The sky cries,

and trees bow their heads

in quiet prayer

The earth, she shakes with anger

and roars in pain,

But what do I care,

What do I care

My heart, broken, cries out, cries out

but no one hears

So let the sky cry

until her tears wash away

And my pleas, mere whispers

to all, go unheard

So let the trees bow

and break in despair

Just as my body lies crumpled,

broken,

and bare

Why shouldn’t the earth tremble,

and in my same fate share

If the sun no longer shines,

overcome by night’s fears

Would anyone notice,

Would anyone care

If the stars fall from the heavens

and not one witness their sins

For aren’t all our hearts broken

Carried away by the wind

Scattered in pieces, scattered in pain

Does anyone care

Does anyone care

Eminem: What His Writing Can Teach You About Yours

That’s write, I said it. Eminem can teach you a lot about writing simply by listening to the tight lyrics he writes. It can be said that Eminem is a complicated artist, one who provokes pages of arguments – positive and negative – and his overall impact on our culture is for better or worse. But as a writer, few can touch what he’s managed to accomplish.

So pay attention: here’s what you can learn.

Read and Write Everything

Eminem started writing as a child, sanding the rough edges of his craft, knowing without doubt that the only thing that would get him out of the trailer park and into a better life was disciplined effort and endless practice.

He familiarized himself with the greats until storytelling was as natural to him as breathing is to everyone else. He may have started by imitating the pioneers, but he soon blended their legacy into his own style creating something that was like nothing else.

Edit Ruthlessly

Eminem’s best tracks harbor some of the tightest writing ever written. One has to wonder just how long he spends on each song, considering how securely each syllable is cemented in place.

Not only can he craft a compelling argument in prose, he can also rhyme words that shouldn’t rhyme, and pack more poetry into a verse than should be technically possible. Only fastidious editing can pull the written word so taut.

Write What you Know

One of the things that makes Eminem so powerful, so polarizing, is that his message is delivered without any filter whatsoever. Listening to his music is like tuning into a live therapy session. That’s why it’s easy to believe that he is writing directly from his heart and his unique set of experiences.

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

The best of Eminem’s songs achieve something rare in commercially produced music – they realize a powerful climax prior to their conclusion. Many of his songs are written as arguments, and it’s usually in his third verse when he drives his point home, often with a lyrical sledgehammer.

Be Concise and Use Powerful Sentences

Eminem pares his arguments down to the bone. His intuitive sense of flow allows him to seamlessly drift from the measured cadence of ordinary speech to an unrivaled intensity of verse, but it is always the power of his writing that enables him to drive his point home with such precision.

My advice: go out and listen to what he has to say. You will definitely learn something about the craft of writing.

Writing in the Vein of Love

You’ve written the perfect sales pitch. You’ve wowed them with a motivational speech that had them on their feet at the annual company meeting, then turned right around and knocked them off their feet with sensational web copy that drove in the business. You’re a rock star. And now you’ve got to write … about love. Not quite business as usual.

But, hey, you’re a professional, right? Up for any challenge? So here’s the deal. Writing is writing, and writing about love is all but a little different. You need to change your style, find your voice, and focus on a love interest, which, if you think about it, might actually be a little more fun than writing about how to pitch some tired company product to the masses.

And a final word of advice: find a thesaurus. There are plenty available online. Really comes in handy when you are struggling to find the right words.

Get Wild: Discover your Poetic Side

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I’m so excited; April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate I thought I would share.

My favorite poet is Emily Bronte, and in particular, her poem No Coward Soul Is Mine. And now for the sharing part—an excerpt:

“No coward soul is mine
No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere
I see Heaven’s glories shine
And faith shine equal arming me from fear.”

So go out and celebrate; search the Internet, find your favorite poet, and discover your poetic side.


Love Poetic

“Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me here. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes?”


—Taken from Persuasion, by Jane Austen; Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne

This is what makes the classics, classic. No one writes or speaks like this anymore, and while some might be relieved to find this so, I find it to be a little less beautiful, a little less poetic.