On Poetry and Music

On Poetry and Music

Yesterday I realised the distinction between song-writing and poetry. I consider myself a poet, though I recognise no rules, and don’t really go out of my way to read the stuff. All poetry I know comes from music, and the occasional piece of literature (Edgar Allan Poe, Ursula Le Guin, etc., though I love the use of poetry in normal writing writing as well. This, I think, is beautiful). And it occurred to me (from reading my poetry out to…

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Chief Seattle’s Letter, Dated Around 1855

Chief Seattle’s Letter, Dated Around 1855

As read by Joseph Campbell1, this letter touched me deeply, which is why I am sharing it below (there is some speculation as to its accuracy, but I leave it to you to judge: considering its importance in events, there would be great political interest to change it from all parties. What lies below, however, is deeply moving). “The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky?…

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Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Time: 3 hours and 26 minutes I painted this for a poem I wrote, but didn’t illustrate it until a competition came out in the local newspaper requesting a short story about the ocean and summertime. Considering I had been putting it off, I took the hint and got around to painting it 😉 You can read the poem below.   Snowball Earth: I am a child of summer, With salt on my skin, and a main of the sea….

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Confine

Confine

Poem, poem, Whisper not, What all those structured words forgot, But between you and I, What meaning holds? When silence fades, where words unfold? Their names, remembered; Timeless, old, Unique, impassioned, Bitter; Bold… And what dreams are glimpsed, Behind your eye? Where silence fades, and ravens cry? Where sun doth shine, And dreams implore; One to remember, their long lost lore? What shackles bind, and realms entrust? Such sacred things, subject to lust? Where rules and binding, strict, “refined”, These…

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