Monthly Archives: June 2013

About Poems – A Decision

I decided, for the present, not to post daily poems here … unless as commentary on my life or writing process.

As I nudge myself further toward blog writing (and other projects), I’ve found some apropos advice. These tips are from Wayne Wirs:

If you are having a hard time starting a task, then you are focused on you and not on the task before you.

If you are resisting, try to notice your conditioning: “I want. I want. I want.”
Once you see it, it is a lot easier to drop it.

If you still find yourself thinking about a completed task, then you are attached to
the outcome.  Surrender that too.

Excellent insight, don’t you think?.

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Poems or About-Poems?

I used to have a separate blog (which I may revive) where I entered my daily poems. They are not works of high art, so I call them “pomes” and I call myself an everyday poet. To give you a flavor of the range, though, here are samples from yesterday and today:


As I write
these poems
each day,
I wish I knew
what I were
trying to say.

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On this side darkly are we caught,
but for the winking coded messages
we emit.

Here, through flimsy body-masks
and near-unbearable yearning,
we incessantly scan for matched pulsations—
for the homing signals of our
love-mates, life-mates, playmates.

Flying or not,
we all have wings.

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In this blog or journal, I will probably write more about the writing process than post the actual writing. I hope you are enjoying your own and making progress with it. Today I met a young man, Adam Bolander, who already has a half dozen books up on Amazon at the age of 21. Inspiring that he is so creative so young and so eager to share his work.

Test to Resize Photo

Poem 130623 Onboard Guidance

I think I’ve solved the size problem. But now the picture is fuzzy, whereas the original is not. Why isn’t this photo as clear as the image you get if you click on it and it opens in another window???

Still struggling. There is SO much to learn, in spite of WordPress and YouTube tutorials that claim setting up a website is easy. For example, the information on backing up data is prodigious.

Blog Post Sequence

This is my third post today as I experiment with how WordPress works. The first two posts appeared on the page in reverse reverse order. In other words, the second post was not in the expected reverse chronological order, which would have been higher on the page. Instead, it appeared lower on the page than the first one.

Maybe the solution is to only post once per day. But, out of curiosity, I want to discover whether this third post will appear at the top, middle or bottom of the day’s postings.

I am relying on other people’s advice to learn and sort out these oddities, and I hope my experiences will someday be useful to others as they learn.

Result of this test: The posts I made today in the sequence 1-2-3 appear on the page in the order (from top to bottom) 3-1-2. Dunno why.

Webpage Photo Quality


Illustrated Poem of 6/23/13 


Test Two – Inserting Webpage Photos Without Losing Quality

Things are easy AFTER you learn how … in this case via some kind soul on a YouTube video.

Next I want to learn to have more control over how things get displayed on the website pages, e.g., more font size variation, different placement of text such as in extra columns, etc. Things have sure changed sine the ’70s when I wrote my own HTML. I guess the harder a problem is, the greater the thrill of solving it. As far as WordPress goes, I’m still probably in the foothills. No telling how big the mountains will be.


Guidance for the Launch

Poem 130623 Onboard Guidance

Illustrated Poem 130623

I feel drawn, lately, to launching this website and have asked my heart for guidance. There is so much to learn about these processes–both the design software and the heart intuition.

This poem was written this afternoon. The color scheme turned out more dreary than I’d prefer. I wanted to achieve a “luminous night” color scheme that coordinated with the dusky rose heart-moth, and also to rely on copyright-free source materials. I may have another go at it later. I also need to figure out how to import pictures that retain their original size and clarity. I think you can click on this one to enlarge it.

The moth photo is courtesy of Puravida: