Aren’t You Glad You Worried | Short Poem No. 61

Aren’t you glad you worried, worried

and you worried so much?

Don’t you feel so out of, out of,

you are so out-of-touch?

Hold onto your thought processes

with a tight iron clutch.

Aren’t you glad you worried, worried

and you worried so much?

If you learned to be much calmer,

you might still have your hair.

Anxiety’s an embalmer;

you no longer look fair.

Aren’t you glad you worried, worried

and you worried so much?

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What’s Up Joe? Fashion Week & New Cologne

What’s up, poets? How’s your week been? I’ve decided to make another post for ranting about my personal life. I called this post “Fashion Week.” And I’m going to talk about my latest acquisition as well as some places I like to get style influences from. Being a guy, this will primarily be focused towards men (sorry, ladies!).

First, which you can see in the image below, I acquired a new cologne. This one costs a pretty penny. But I can tell you, it’s worth it. It’s sweet, masculine, and smoky. It’s also STRONG. That means I can use less sprays. So even though it costs more, I can use less, so I get more bang for my buck. Plus, it’s a real people-pleaser.

Fashion Week
Parfum de Marly Layton

However, the main reason I am making this post is because I wanted to share a few places that I use to help influence my style and fashion. I don’t dress very “artsy.” Being that I work in an office, I tend to always be in nice slacks and a button-up. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to still feel stylish.

Best in Fashion Week.

Jeremy Fragrance. If you follow my blog, then Jeremy is not new to you. Jeremy is a great resource for finding good fragrances. He also has that cool, charming effect that you can draw from. from watching his videos. You will literally feel cooler.

Real Men, Real Style. This vlog, headed by Antonio, is a great resource for guys to learn the basics of men’s style. However, he goes about 100% by fashion rules. So I don’t always follow his advice, but it is good to know what the rules of fashion are before you break them.

Robin James. This is a great source to learn about hair care. What I like about this vlog is that Robin comes from a classy perspective. It’s not ultra trendy, not obnoxious, but very informative, classy and modern.

Justine Leconte. Justine is a fashion designer. So she has a lot to say on her vlog about all the background perspectives that go into style and fashion. What I like the most are all the tips she throws in through-out her videos. She can help you get a nice, solid base for the personal fashion.

Brioni. I just wanted to end by bringing up Brioni. Just going through their featured images of guys like Pierce Bronson or Armie Hammer gives me a whole nother level to aspire to. Not to mention, I also have to Brioni cologne, which I love.

Fashion week
Brioni EDT

Well, poets, I hope you enjoyed this post of “What’s Up, Joe? Fashion Week.” But I’d love to hear where you get your influences from. Leave them in the comment thread below. Also, if you like this kind of post from me, be sure to check out my previous one, “What’s Up, Joe? The Bvlgari Portoflio.” Ciao.

Time to Say Goodbye | Short Poem No. 60

For all my friends facing a time to say goodbye. . .

Now it’s time for me to write our letter.

We always wait for time to say goodbye.

I always hoped that things would be better.

But, no, I couldn’t give a reason why.

And now, my body shivers at the thought

of how forever-expectations die;

how heart and soul can taste the sharp distraught

in a thousand lifetimes held in seconds.

I will keep all the many things you taught

close to my heart as memory beckons.

These thoughts, the only things I have to choose

to hold onto when souls cannot reckon.

But, no, my heart will not accept the truth

that what it has, it had, and had to lose.

Poets. . I wrote this poem in time of loss. Since that loss is still fresh in my heart, I can only concentrate on the poetic aspects of this poem. I really wanted to challenge myself, so I included a couple new themes of writing. Of course, this is a sonnet, but I decided to really concentrate on adding a “volta” in the last two lines, or sharp change. I also wrote it in a Terza Rima rhyming scheme.

If you want to check out another great sonnet, check out “Reflections of Mary” by Mishunderstood. That post is what inspired me to try Terza Rima. And if you haven’t yet, please check out my last post, “Could Not Care to Write,” which is much more light-hearted than this one. I also recently wrote “Tick of the Tock,” which characterizes how time is never stopping or slowly – perhaps relatable to this post, however also much more light-hearted.

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Could Not Care to Write| Poetry DEmix No. 11

“For, how I now detest this Vetiver. I could not care to write, what-so-ever.”

I sit back, listening to classy jazz,
what they call “Italian Lounge Music.”
The kind with flutes, bongoes, all that pizzazz.
That’s why I love it; that’s why I choose it.

And I sit at my desk, pondering rhyme.
How to configure my latest update:
My remix of poems written past-time.
Scrambling because I am running late.

“Ah, no, just throw it out!” I told myself.
“The recreation just won’t do today.”
Looking over my years of fragrance wealth,
this post about Guerlain – it’s in my way.

For, how I now detest this Vetiver.
I could not care to write, what-so-ever.

Poets, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I often take old poems and “remix” them for new posts. However, I came across one that I just had no desire to – one about the cologne Guerlain Vetiver. That’s because I went from loving it – to not being able to stand it. I am not sure what happened, but it left me with no taste to write!

If you want to see the original post this was modeled after, check out “Guerlain Vetiver.” And if you want some help picking a fragrance you do like, check out my post “How to Pick a New Perfume of Cologne” You can also check out Jeremy Fragrance for some great recommendations.

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How to Start a Poetry Blog | 9 Best Tips for Beginners

Let’s Get Started! How to Start a Poetry Blog:

Friends, I have been blogging now for a few years and on a couple different sites. I blog about poetry, but you might be blogging about anything else. And, also like most of you, I started with barely any idea of what I was doing and learned along the way. So I wanted to stop and share with you all some of the most important tips that I have learned

1: Setting Up.

A. Start on WordPress.

WordPress is by far the most popular and easiest place to start. One benefit is that you can start for free. But another benefit is that it has a large community for you to interact with, which is much better than just starting on an individual website by itself.  

B. Pick a Memorable Name.

Your name doesn’t have to be amazing or witty. Just don’t make it so complicated that people can’t remember you, or your web address so long that it’s hard for people to type in. Be memorable, not complicated. 

C. Focus on Content, Not Layout.

I have seen a lot of blogs that have become very popular while having sites that were, honestly, not that good. That’s because people are here to read your posts, not look at your site design. And most people don’t expect a personal blog to look professional (they might prefer it not to).

2: Writing.

A. Find a Poetry Format that Works for You.

Cracking the poetry code is an important part of how to start a poetry blog. You can make it up as you go or choose classic, structured style like Haikus or Sonnets. Click here for a great source describing different forms of poetry from “Every Writers Resource.”

B. Pick a Word or Topic to Write From.

Start with an idea, a trending topic, or even challenge yourself with a word from the dictionary. And incorporate that word or idea into your title. Yoast’s Google Search Expander is a tool I regularly use for title suggestions. 

C. Or, Do the Exact Opposite.

Or, don’t try to overthink it; do the opposite. Write whatever you feel until a topic comes out naturally from your words. 

If you are having trouble coming up with ideas, check out my post Writers Block Ideas | 3 Best Tips.

3: Expand Your Base.

A. Blogs are a Community.

Blogs are meant for interaction. So be sure to read, comment on, and follow other blogs. Also, find posts relevant to yours, and see who comments on them. Those are the king of bloggers you want to connect with.

B. Use Good Tag Words.

If you want your post to be seen, especially on WordPress, you need to “tag” it with words people are searching for. WordPress will actually provide for you the top tags currently being used by clicking here

C. Be Real.

Speak from your heart. This is one of the best tips I learned from my interview with famous [perfume] blogger, Jeremy Fragrance.

Want to read more about getting connected? Check out my post Get Connected | 3 Best Blogging Tips.

In Conclusion.

These are just a fe of the main tips I wanted to share and I wanted to keep this post simple. But I have many other articles about additional tips. So, when you are ready for more, check out the Writing Tips section of my blog. 

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Tick of the Clock – Short Poem No. 59

The ticker’ing tick of the clock –

it loves me, not a lot.

Persuasions never effect it –

to slow or haste it’s tick.

Simmering sunsets saturate

eve’nings after I ate.

And how my soul does miserate

how fast they dissipate.

But, opposite, when tasks do bore –

the clock does stutter more.

The worst is yet when slumber comes –

or having the most fun.

The ticking clock, the enemy –

made by who to woe me?

By fellow man, to bring this curse

that follows to the hearse.

Forever striving with the clock,

enduring every mock.

The ticker’ing tick of the clock –

“Tick tock, tick tock. . . tick tock.”

Poets, I was just having some fun with this poem! Can you guess any elements of tempo or rhythm I was using? Sometimes it’s fun just to play with the artistic elements of poetry.

If you haven’t yet, please check out my last post, Sunsets of Beauty. It’s just a simple Haiku I wrote that came to mind after I saw a great picture on Unspalsh.com. If you haven’t yet checked it out yet, Unplash.com is a great place to find free, royalty-free pictures for your blog. All that they ask is that they give the artist credit, which I try to do whenever possible. If there are other sites that you like to use, please let me know if the comments section!

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