Someone googled that, "Jerry Carlin/poetry" so I did too! oh, it takes you here and there to bits of me, but no poems, no published volumes. It doesn't even take you to my youth when I did write poetry. One of the first rules of writing is to keep in mind your audience and I only wrote poetry for one.
Writing is not difficult. It is telling a story, setting a scene, creating a curiosity, a little mystery and a heroine. It is a descriptive painting in words and can be told layer by layer, each brush stroke singular and purposeful, shadows telling time. Stories can be told after the fact, like restoring a Renaissance Painting, removing layers, chips of old paint to discover the original.
I have time now, a luxury accumulated by accident, words come as a mist, swirl like snowflakes and disappear on the water's edge. Difficult as catching kisses but I am going to try.
It was easier to write in my youth when I had an audience, even if just one. Easier to write when I didn't know the future and it was all make believe, imagination and dandelion wishes, flowers in a garden with no foot steps.
All words now seem like travel writing, descriptions and places of where I have been and I wonder whether Shakespeare wrote love stories from memory?
I might write poetry and I might not. The truth is I do not know what I will write. There is no story boiling within me and that makes it an exercise, doesn't it?
You would think that at my age I would have discovered a truth worth telling but maybe the answer is "over easy", "medium well", not rare or well done at all, no extremes, careful planing on a course well set.
God that would be boring and so predictable and so not me at all.
So, maybe I will find something, "start with the now" and go backwards or do what I have always done, jump ahead and fly! Scenery, timing, shadows, water and moonlight, budding flowers and dancing butterflies, songs carried by the wind, a heroine, the temperature, what is happening everywhere and in a particular place and why we do things at all?
It is all poetry, every bit of it, every syllable, every initial carved on a tree, every sunrise the first one and may be the last one. Every breath taken is poetry and I am honored to be googled together: Jerry Carlin and Poetry.
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