- Preface -
From the drifting thoughts of a bored
high school student, listening to the droning of his
English teacher as she speaks of a poet he doesn't
understand...to a grown man awed by nature's splendor,
challenged by personal introspection, or mesmerized by
the beauty in women...
We've all had our moments of
inspiration haven't we? You know, the kind where we
suddenly find something tangible in the slurry of words
coursing through our minds...yearning to be scribbled
onto paper before we lose sight of their meaning. Such
moments for me are rare, but they do come around every so
often. Sometimes, the ink will trickle briefly and then,
like a sailboat catching no wind, I'm stuck not knowing
which direction I'll go next. And then, there are those
times when I can hardly stop the thoughts from rushing
forward to my fingertips, spilling the ink from the nib
of the pen in a flow of words that could only be
described as chaos and disorder. But hey, at least
there's something there to work with!
No matter how quickly my
thoughts get transcribed to paper, I do enjoy writing.
When in high school, I wrote my first poem "The
Eagle" and with encouragement from my English
teacher, entered it in the local Annakusa Women's Club
poetry contest. To my amazement, I won first place! Of
course, it was the three dollar prize that convinced me
to write for the reward of personal satisfaction and not
of personal income!
In fact, rather than
writing for the sake of money, most of my writing is for
the sake of well-being. I find writing to be an excellent
way to take what may occasionally be negative feelings
and channel them in a positive direction. Call it
self-therapy if you like. When I look back over my prose
of several years and observe some commonality of theme or
emotion underlying those words, a real wake-up call may
where my poetic license will take me next I have no clue, so I just
consider it an adventure of expression, sometimes going down paths never
before explored while others just circle back upon themselves. Perhaps you will find something here that
strikes a familiar chord with you - wherever you are,
where you've been, or where you're going.
As you go your way, please let me know you've stopped by.
Best wishes in your journey,