National Poetry Month Display @ Forest Hills

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In September of 2011, I woke up one morning with a dream fresh in my mind.  I sat down at my computer trying to capture the dream in words. So, I wrote a poem, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the poem once I finished it.   I hadn’t written a poem for many, many years. I used to have notebooks that I kept around for all these years with my collection of College and High School poetry, but I wasn’t sure where they were.  Ultimately, I decided I’d start a blog and that poem became the first post to this blog.

So, what about this blog, “It’s Just Words”?  As the tag line says: “poetry, songs, dreams and stories”. That’s all this blog is all about. Oh, and lists. I left out lists.

I started writing poetry my freshman year in high school and kept writing until a few years after I graduated from college.   The last few years of college, I also put some of my poetry to music and recorded it.  In my college creative writing course at ISU, my professor, Karl Barnebey, liked to have us write as much as we could, including even simple little things like lists, a daily diary and descriptions of dreams. Writing down my dreams was a lot of of fun, so I’ll post some of my dreams when I can remember them.

I also want to include bits and pieces of stories from my life.  Perhaps more intended  to be of interest to my kids or grand-kids someday, I hope.  I can’t vouch for the veracity of my memory, since I’ve already discovered major mistakes in my memories when we dug up and found my old notebooks of poems.  So, some of the life stories may be what I remember, or chose to remember, not necessarily what really happened.

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Initially, I’ll mostly be posting old stuff, with some new stuff thrown in and maybe revisions when the poetry is just too bad to post. So, this blog is more of a collection than a linear blog. Posts will be categorized but will generally not be in any specific order.  I’ll often go back and edit or expand older posts as often as I publish new ones. I’ll often try to expand and explain about my poems or songs in a comment, perhaps giving the original version or detailing just the changes.

There will be some good, some bad, and some immature and embarrassing posts.  I can’t promise entertainment.  I can’t promise quality.  All I can promise is that these are my words. They are little bits and pieces of me. It’s just words, folks, but they’re my words.  So, let the reader beware.

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  1. #1 by RKHouse on February 1, 2012 - 7:22 am

    Comments are welcome on this blog. Don’t feel like you can’t comment unless you have something positive to say. I welcome criticism and honesty. So, please feel free to comment or add your perspective.

    • #2 by emmylgant on November 29, 2012 - 1:49 pm

      Your words matter.
      which makes me wonder if all is well since you have not posted any for sometime.. I miss your poetry.

      • #3 by RKHouse on November 30, 2012 - 11:33 am

        It’s so wonderful to hear that my words matter. Thank you for saying that. I have posted nearly all of my old poems that I feel are worth typing in, and even a few that I wasn’t so sure about. 🙂

        I am surprised that I have written so many new poems, I was primarily hoping to document the old stuff from my youth in this blog. In all the years between college and starting this blog, I think I only wrote a handful of poems. So, it has been surprising that the urge to try to write was still lurking within me.

        I’m just an inconsistent blogger, I fear. I’ve been trying to post my old stuff regularly, but I generally don’t devote any time to try to write something new for this blog. When something “inspires” me, I try to get to the computer sometime before I forget it. Sometimes, I make it and sometimes I don’t. I’ve typed a couple into my smartphone, so that I wouldn’t forget them. LOL

        So, all is as well as it ever is for me… with one special exception. Many evenings I am blessed to get to feed and rock my three month old granddaughter to sleep. That’s been precious time for me and is likely cutting into my blogging reading and writing time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  2. #4 by LilMissJoan on May 3, 2012 - 7:32 am

    You keep liking my posts and I hope you press the like button because you really did enjoy what I wrote…:)
    Thank you, one fellow artist to another.
    let’s share the meaning and spice of life to all those who would bother to read our works…
    Kudos to you…
    Writing truly is innate to you sir.

    • #5 by RKHouse on May 3, 2012 - 8:00 am

      Believe me, I only click on like when I like a post. Of course, it is easier to click like than to comment. I admit that I don’t comment very often, since even on-line I’m shy and I kinda feel like I’m intruding into someone else’s beautiful blog space if I comment. Something about your poetry really amazes me. The words appear to come so natural to you and sound so right to me. That doesn’t happen to me every day. I am very impressed and I see that lot’s of others see the talent there, too. Good luck and best wishes to you!

      I see lots of talented writers out there blogging. Writing comes hard to me these days. Most of my posts were actually written nearly thirty years ago. It seemed to come easy to me back then. I often try to revise them as I post them, because although I wrote a lot back then, I didn’t spend much time editing myself. A lot of what I wrote seems like rubbish to me now as I search through my notebooks looking for something worthy to post. Very few get posted without a lot of revision by this old self-critic.

      Songs have been especially hard for me to post, because the ones that I recorded, I can’t really edit now. I can’t fix the mistakes or revise the words because I don’t even remember how to play them. I cannot re-record them now. So, I’m stuck with what I did all those years ago. Often, I was composing ten or more songs in a single day. I would just keep going until I filled one or both sides of a tape.

      But when I look at a blank page today. It is so hard for me to find the inspiration to say anything new. I’m not sure what I will do when I run out of old poems. I fear that I’ll be like an old steam locomotive that has used up all it’s coal and is sitting still on the tracks just huffing and puffing away.

      • #6 by LilMissJoan on May 3, 2012 - 12:04 pm

        Well i may be young but what I know is there is rhyme everywhere. The magic is hidden in what we see, think or feel. Allow yourself to immerse with the world, taste the air, hear the silence, and let the words come to you. In my case, I cannot let a day go by without writing a poem. It’s like breathing to me. I would love to give them a melody someday but I just don’t have a talent…:) Though most of my poems has a tone in my head…:)

  3. #7 by gladiuspoeticus on June 27, 2012 - 11:46 am

    I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award” out of admiration for your inspiring work. I hope you like it. Check it out here http://gladiuspoeticus.wordpress.com/one-lovely-blog-award/

    • #8 by RKHouse on June 30, 2012 - 7:33 pm

      Thank you. Coming from someone with your talent, this means a lot to me. I am humbled.

  4. #9 by sophiamariamilan on August 9, 2012 - 6:54 am

    Hello, sir! Thanks for dropping by my page. I followed you in the instant I saw your works. I haven’t read them yet one by one and I’m not making a promise to. But I gotta go right now and I would just like you to know, from the very first impression, that your works have depth in them. 🙂

    • #10 by RKHouse on August 12, 2012 - 5:53 pm

      Thank you. I like to find other good blogs to enjoy, especially those with poetry. Sometimes, I browse the tag poetry. Sometimes, I click on gravatars of readers that like poems that I also like. I think that’s how I found your blog. Lot’s of interesting blogs out there to explore and enjoy.

  5. #11 by Ian Moone on August 27, 2012 - 7:58 am

    Thanks for blogrolling me

    • #12 by RKHouse on August 27, 2012 - 8:25 am

      Thanks for sharing your talent on your blog.

  6. #13 by sexandmiami on October 7, 2012 - 6:11 am

    Thanks for stopping to visit my blog. Of course I will be following you. how can I not with such lovely poetry in name.~Lori 🙂

    • #14 by RKHouse on October 7, 2012 - 7:32 am

      Thanks, you really made my day. 🙂

  7. #15 by Betty Hayes Albright on October 16, 2012 - 2:23 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog and following. I’m following you back and looking forward to reading more of your poetry. (Am usually behind on reading, but will be back when possible. There are many great poets here on WP and you appear to be one of them! 🙂 )

    • #16 by RKHouse on October 18, 2012 - 11:00 am

      Thank you. I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I used to at reading blogs or writing poems, since my first granddaughter arrived two months ago. Like you, I also enjoy reading many of the poets I’ve found on WP, but of course my granddaughter now gets priority! 🙂

  8. #17 by sweetsound on November 10, 2012 - 2:01 am

    What a fantastic thing to do for your kids and grandkids! And thanks for also sharing your words with the interwebs, for I have enjoyed what I’ve seen and am excited to read more. I’m a terrible poet, but thanks for liking a few of my posts. 🙂 You have quite a talent, keep writing!

    • #18 by Ronald Kirk House on July 24, 2013 - 6:45 am

      Thanks for commenting and please keep writing your poems if you find enjoyment doing so. I really liked them!

  9. #19 by emmylgant on November 30, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Glad all is well. Having two granddaughters myself, I know how wonderful it is to hold them and love them. Soon you will be writing about her loveliness. I look forward to that. 🙂

    • #20 by Ronald Kirk House on July 24, 2013 - 6:48 am

      Well, my kids and grandchild moved out last week into their own apartment. They are now about 20 minute drive away. I’m trying to adapt to not being able to see my grandaughter every evening and rocking her to sleep every night. Trying to put my focus on work and other things so that I don’t get depressed. And trying to say to myself how lucky I was to have them live with us for so long.

      • #21 by emmylgant on July 25, 2013 - 6:27 am

        20 minutes is not so far away Ron, but yes, I can imagine that the daily connection is something you miss terribly.

        • #22 by Ronald Kirk House on July 26, 2013 - 12:19 am

          All is good, but I miss having them all close.

  10. #23 by anelephantcant on July 24, 2013 - 5:32 am

    AnElephantCant help thinking
    This is some crazy stuff you have created
    You may be slightly mad
    But please don’t be sad
    AnElephant thinks sanity is vastly overrated

    • #24 by Ronald Kirk House on July 24, 2013 - 6:40 am

      thank you for your comment
      I am told that “slightly mad” runs in my family
      but I’m not one to run
      since I don’t find that to be fun
      and so I don’t let what is said ever bother me

  11. #25 by bardessdmdenton on October 27, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Hi, Ronald! Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to the words and what is between the lines on yours. All the best, Diane

  12. #26 by tonyprance on January 1, 2015 - 11:16 pm

    Hi Ronald , all the best for 2015 and thank you for following my blog . Tony

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