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.
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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