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.”

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the old man and the sea
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.

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Friend Request | Short Poem No. 42

While waiting for a friend request. . .

“Funny.” Everyone’s laughing.

“Strange kid.” I don’t fit in.

“Problems.” Ya I’ve got them.

“Wrong Clothes.” Our budget’s thin.

“Awkward.” What can I say now?

“Sounds weird.” I speak my best.

“Annoying.” I just want to fit.

“Disadvantaged.” That explains the rest.

Friend Request

But when I go home at night and I’m all alone,

their words start to make sense to me.

I lay down staring at an empty phone (no messages).

When will they know the real me?

Maybe one day they’ll get to see. . .

is not true. . .

no it’s not true at all. . .

Sometimes a friend request will come. . . sometimes it won’t. Not every story has a fairy-tale ending.

Photo by James Tay on Unsplash.

On the topic of friendship, check out this other cool post I found, “Friendship” by Thought for Change, as well as my own post, “The New Kid Poem.”

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

Five Poetry Blogs You Should Meet | Winter 2018

Five Poetry Blogs You Should Meet | Winter 2018.

Today is the beginning of something new: Five Poetry Blogs You Should Meet | Winter 2018. Periodically I will be posting five poetry blogs that I think you should meet! I will keep these short and sweet. And, unfortunately, there are so many great blogs out there that I absolutely love, I won’t be able to show them all to you. But at least I can share with you some of them that are amazing!

I want to be clear: This post is not a contest and I am not here to try to rate people’s blogs. But there are, however, three main criteria that I make sure every blog has before I share it. (1) That they are active and post regularly. (2) They are interactive – they will respond your comments and leave comments on your posts and (3)  They have content that is compelling but family-friendly.

Without further delay, let’s get to it!

(1) Culture Shocks.

This blog is a mix of poetry, photography, short stories, and probably everything else! But it is always an enjoyable read. By theresaly520.

One post that I really liked was “Dark Night of the Soul” (I may be a little biased since my blog is also mentioned in that post!).

(2) Blue Feet, Bamboo Flute.

This is a great poem blog by krishnapriya108, often times focusing on the religious nature of things. Inquisitive minds will want to check out this site out, for sure!

You can start by checking out their post, “Our Journey to Nowhere.”

(3) iScriblr.

Like Culture Shocks, this blog also is a conglomeration of everything under the sun. But one thing particular about this blog is Richa’s support towards women.

You can see an example here with this poem “Dare to Survive.”

Five Poetry Blogs You Should Meet | Winter 2018

(4) KaylaAnn.

KaylaAnn is another great blog that often posts poetry. But one great thing about this blog is that KaylaAnn also offers a lot of useful tips on writing! That makes it worth while to check out.

Check out her post “Writing Tip: Managing Your Expectations” for some of those great tips!

(5) Truly Madly Ordinary.

While, this is not actually a poetry blog, I still wanted to include it on my list. That’s because you will still enjoy all these great stories that Ortensia relates from her daily life. Coming into Winter, this site will definitely warm your heart.

Warm up with her post “Papa Bear and The Halloween Disco.”

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Well, that’s it for today everyone. Thanks for checking out Five Poetry Blogs You Should Meet | Winter 2018. Check out each and every one of these sites and stay tuned for more in the future!

Also, check out one of my recent posts, “Love and Shadows.”

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

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Love and Shadows | Short Poem No. 41

This poem is about Love and Shadows

I hide in my music – sometimes my only friend.

I hide in my poems because You gave me this pen.

I close my eyes and I drift away

to a place other than today.

I know that You love me, it’s clear in your words.

but when I don’t feel You, darn, it hurts.

Sometimes I’m alone; I cry by myself.

But when You were alone You felt what I felt.

Love and Shadows

I hide in the shadows; I hide under Your wings.

I hide when I’m thinking too much about things.

Sometimes I break down, but I know You still love me.

You’ll never leave me, and that’s what consoles me.

Take away the way I do feel today.

Take away the way I do feel always.

Take away the way I do. . . I pray,

Take away the way. . . take it all away.

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 17:8.

Photo by Tanja Heffner on Unsplash.

If you liked this post, also check out “Those Days” by Alexis Rose, as well as my own poem, “Don’t Quit.”

Love and Shadows.

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