The Old Man and the Sea | Short Poem No. 44

About an old man and the sea. . .

I’m happy enough where I am, so it seems

in my spot of contentment – where I’m meant to be. 

But, from where I sit, I look out to the sea.

It looks like there’s a world out there waiting for me.

And there’s a voice,

a still small voice that whispers to me.

I know there’s another world out there.

I tasted it before, like I taste the salty sea air.

My heartbeat thumps – it feels the dare

to leave the old me and find the new one.

And there’s a voice,

a still small voice that whispers to me, 

“Yes, you can.”

One day, you won’t recognize me.
They say, “Remember where you come from.”
Sometimes, I say, you’re meant to change.
Sometimes you’re meant to change your name.
And only that still small voice knows
what my new name will be.

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash.

If you like what you read, also check out “Pink Seas” by derrickjknight for a great post mixing poetry and some very nice pics. Also check out my own post, “Five Poetry Blogs You Should Meet – Winter 2018.”

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2019. All rights reserved.

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Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

The Old Man and the Sea. . .

Writers Block Ideas

*Please note. This post has been updated. Find the new version here: “Writing Block Ideas | Jan. 2019 Edition”

If you’re not in the zone, don’t write.

Yes, that’s my best advice for writers block ideas. If you have to force the poem together, then it’s not right.

“But, Joey Blue,” you will say, “how do I get in the zone?”

Today I am going to give you one of my best writer’s tips. I never thought I would do it. But, to date, I have only lost money on my blog. I am not relying on this to make a living. So why not share my ideas with the world, so that we can all make great poetry together.

My best advice is very simple:

Let the music take you there.

That’s my tip (very simple). Do you have a song that really moves your heart? That touches your soul? Then I challenge you to do this. Turn that music on in your headphones, close your eyes, and let the words start flowing from your soul. Let the pen translate the feelings that are rising in you. And let the music take you there.

But, if music is not really your thing, don’t worry. I have a second tip that works just as well.

Let a picture inspire.

My second tip is also great. If you need writers block ideas, then try finding a picture that really grabs your attention or really pulls on your emotions. Then, just focus on that picture, and write what comes from your heart. For example, what does the picture below bring to your mind?

writers block ideas

This is a challenge I give to you for writers block ideas.

Next time you need writers block ideas, I challenge you to let the music take you there. Or find a picture and let it inspire. You may be surprised where you end up.

If you liked this post, check out this funny cartoon about “Writers’ Block” by Wrong Hands, as well as my poem “Will I Write Again Today?”

Photos by Steve Johnson ,Spencer Imbrock and Ales Dusa on Unsplash.

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2018. All rights reserved.

Get Connected | 3 Best Blogging Tips

It’s Time to Get Connected.

Why is your blog not growing? Because you’re like a person who builds a website, but forgets to connect their computer to the internet! In other words, there is no connection of traffic for people to see your blog. But don’t worry, I have three easy steps for you to follow that can help greatly increase your blog exposure, “This is How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected.”

It’s time to get connected!

1. Make Friends!

That’s right, I said it! Make friends with some strangers on WordPress (or wherever you happen to blog)! Before you know it, you’ll be a part of a whole support group of fellow bloggers, with everyone supporting each other’s pages.

How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected

2. Be a Commentor, Not a Spectator!

Don’t you love when someone comments on your blog? Doesn’t it draw your attention to the commentor’s blog and build a feeling of friendship between you two?  So go ahead and comment on other blogs that you like! Also, plenty of other people viewing those blogs will see you and your comments. So make sure it’s a comment worth reading!

3. Learn to Link to Get Connected!

See a blog that you like? Make a link to it in one of your own posts! This is a great way to, again, make friends. Those links also build more exposure to each others’ blogs since the link will show on both posts! It’s like a web of connections, bringing greater exposure to everyone involved. A win-win!

Are You Ready to Get Connected?

Thank you for reading “How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected.” Check out my original post, “How to Start a Poetry Blog | Best Tips for Beginners,” for the full set of blogging tips!

One creative way to get connected is by interviewing another writer! Check out Vita Brevis’ “Poet Profile: An Interview with Walt Page.” When I stumbled upon this post, I not only grew an appreciation for Vita Brevis, but also for Walt Page who, as a result, I began to “follow.” He then began to follow me as well. Just one great example of growing through a web of connections.

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2018. All rights reserved.

Sin & Salvation | Short Poem No. 43

Of Sin & Salvation:

I can save you from all your sin. . .

. . .if you really want me to.

Photo by John Torcasio on Unsplash.

If you liked this post, check out “Asking Forgiveness” from Pure Glory, as well as my own post “Reckless Love.”

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2018. All rights reserved.

Sin & Salvation