Iraq Veteran Poetry

May 31, 2009

Listen to this haunting poem from Iraq War vet Brian Turner…

War is terrible and brings out some of the worst and best in the written word. I don’t wish for a second that any war would happen so that we can have the works that are written today but since they are here we must celebrate them if not to be sure to remember these wars and to never repeat them again.


Jules’ Ezekiel 25:17

May 29, 2009

Something I saw this morning got me thinking about that great movie Pulp Fiction and the quote that Jules, the Samuel Jackson character says throughout. Of course if you look for this famous quote from Pulp Fiction in the Bible you won’t find it since it is a mix of many lines from the bible. But it is still something interesting to read.

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.

I also really like Jules interpretation of the quote at the end of the movie. See below:

I never really questioned what it meant. I thought it was just a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before you popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. Now I’m thinkin’: it could mean you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be a shepherd.

I really love the poetry of this scene and the fact that the world is really full of evil men and that it only takes a few that are trying to be good to make a difference and change the world. The world is shit and with a few people working to make it better, you can survive and it can be endured. What a great movie.

Bible Verse Magnets

May 22, 2009

Too often we forget that bible can be a source of great inspiration and poetic verse. We all get tied down time to time in the dogma that sometimes can come with religion and forget that with the bible there are deeper meanings that apply to all not just those that celebrate the religions it promotes. Take this magnet for example. It promotes the idea that we are all interconnect through each other and through a higher power (if you choose to interpret that way). I think that is a message that transcends religion.

I am the Vine John 15:5 Bible Verse MAGNET magnet
I am the Vine John 15:5 Bible Verse MAGNET by RealPotential
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Music for Writing

May 21, 2009

Do you listen to music when you write your stories and poetry? I do. To me there is something about Classical Music that helps me think and gets my mind going. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it drowns out the white noise of the normal word that can be kind of distracting. I know that some of my friends in college used to listen to music too. Some liked metal and others liked pop. I think it all depends on your personal tastes. Do you listen to music when you write for pleasure? What do you listen to?

So I know that everyone thinks that French is the most romantic language in the world, but I think that spanish is much more beautiful. To me all the romantic languages are great but because spanish has just so much more heavy Rs to me those just seem to send the romantic juices flowing. Which is the most romantic for you? French, Spanish, maybe German?

The Writing Prompt

May 8, 2009

Remember when you where in school and they had writing prompts? It wasn’t something like “write me a story about love and loss” it was more something like “write about a funny bird you saw recently.” Personally I always thought these kinds of prompts were really lame and never did anything for me, but some people enjoyed them. I really like the prompts in college from my writing professors that would be something like “make this umbrella seem sad.” Now that is a real challenge let me tell you. Anyways, I just thought it was interesting how the writing prompt goes from very specific when you are young to very abstract as you mature.

This card represents the creativity that I like to see for Father’s Day. I love it when people draw and write to make something that beyond just the idea of a card. They create something so personal that it hits to the core of what Father’s day is really about. It is about expressing how you feel about your father and not about the presents. That is why I like this card because it does that, it expresses a sentiment that is more interesting than just the card. See below.

Father's Day Card card
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A poem for Thursday

May 1, 2009

A little thursday poetry courtesy of your’s truly:

Thursday is so gray
Cold bleak rain drops drains my soul
Survive to Friday – saved

what did you think of my little poem? Thanks for your comments!