I Write Poetry, Somewhat

Poems. I don’t like them all.  I don’t follow trends. Some lauded poets are not on my reading list.

I have written for years, for instance, the haiku, and I think:  mine are as well made as published ones, why do I get so many rejections?

Simple answer is I keep sending in poems. I follow editorial guidelines and deadlines and the poetic form (somewhat).  Then, I receive a mixed bag of  no response, other times I read ‘rejected’, and then rarely I taste success.

I can say I want to write so others will experience my poems (somewhat). Poetry may not be as lucrative as winning the lottery and fame would be intrusive too, those don’t matter. 

The most credit I ever received from instructors’ poetry assignments were ‘check-marks’—completed the assignment, followed the guidelines, and met the deadlines. There was no ‘grade’ given.

What is the point of writing haiku? Not filling notebooks or burning up a mic somewhere with short-poetry. Fame is fleeting. I ran out of notebook space years ago.

So I’m at riches and treasures? Maybe, if they’re my next three lines.


Art Me


Art Me


Once I decided to get started making Art it’s all been downhill from that point.

What? Keep reading.

Deciding to put myself out there was my last resistance to becoming the Artist.

The tasks following from that first attitude then are—

A. to adjust my techniques

B. to practice

C. to have something to say.

Not so difficult. Open to everybody.

Any Art difficulties show up when I think I am climbing some kind of “Artist’s mountain” to achieve my “status”. The way is easy now from the top down.

I’m in Art because I can’t wait to see what I’m going to make next.

Art is—

So, Art is any product from the Artist’s actions.


1. Content / Intention, the Artist’s ideas as presented

2. Color selection or combination / Contrast & Light in monochrome / Materials or media used

3. Design Composition

4. Commitment

5. Personal Mastery

So far, a decent gathering of concepts for me to begin to tweak my Art.


A little guide for how I find my voice/style or what I like to make.

I cannot predict what will sell or how much money something I create is worth.

Someone other than the Artists determine Art values and worth, otherwise we’d all be millionaires.


c. Lemuel

29 November 2018

Being Out-side, Inside, Haiku


Being Out-side, Inside, Haiku


In the haiku-moment I get out-side, a little removed from my chores, maybe day-dreaming —I might forget to work.

In the haiku-moment I am breathing in, watching, to catch the words. I want to see the word-picture inside my mind.

I complete my task and make my poem notes. I regret I misplace some haiku along the way. But mostly I see well enough.

Good writing all,



24 November 2018

Organised Writing, Haiku


Organized Writing, Haiku

Writing haiku acknowledges living. I enjoy what helps my time usage. Simple curating keeps messy habits to a minimum.

I like a way to keep the poems handy and organised.

1. Digital or journal, even a stack of index cards work well.

2. I like to record the full date of the haiku.

3. I give organization titles to many haiku—a single word, sometime a little more, but they are just for my impressions of a poem. These temporary titles might be a setting or a feeling or a relationship I wish to exposit in future.

4. As a for instance, haiku with mist/fog/ overcast seasonal words is one way to name my poems.

Organised haiku has a standardised place, includes a date, has a temporary title, and related season relationships.

At a glance I can find what I need.

Best wishes, writing


Right Words, Haiku


Right Words, Haiku


Many words can be right or fit a particular haiku.

Composition signifies a process of sorting, of sifting, and then arranging.

As the poem becomes whole, I seek the “only” word to convey the moment.

And I have learned sometimes discovering that only word happens at a time removed from my present task.

But the only word exists. Because haiku exist.


c. Lemuel

21 November 2018

Over-Writing, A Post Card


Over-Writing, A Post Card


Haiku and “short” go together. Sometimes I go off on tangents composing a poem.

Writing short outlines on business cards helps me avoid writing too much poem muck.

Sometimes I make multiple attempts of the same haiku on several cards.

I see many dead-ends and lots of good opportunities too.

Over-writing is my bad habit and it feels great breaking this one.

Now, I almost never over-write, much.

Best wishes, writing


20 November 2018

Before Pre-Writing, Haiku


Before Pre-Writing, Haiku


Some haiku are made after a time of reflection.

These are brief Ideas for me before beginning haiku.

Remove distractions or as much as possible set them aside.

Looking and seeing are related functions of the eye. Seeing incorporates my entire response to what I receive from sight. See.

Write in a fluid manner without stopping. Editing is editing.

Offered with a grain of salt,



c. Lemuel

17 November 2018

Funky Things Happen, Writing Haiku


Funky Things Happen, Writing Haiku


Some folks I know broke into a “front porch haiku symposium” and here’s part of what I recall saying about aberrations in my usual writing process. I remember this from October.

Sometimes, whether I plan to write, or if I feel like writing, sort of like being a little hungry before lunch, I begin a line on a napkin, keeping with the suddenness idea, and, thirty-seconds later there it is, a solid haiku that meets most of the world’s expectations.

That doesn’t happen a lot but it does and I am happy and contrite at once.

A little guilt there. No sweat composition, the missing everyday agony, I have only a neat packaged haiku. I mean where’s the usual pain, doubt, and fear?

Whew! I am glad that is done.

Now, I am on lunch. No disturbances. I like messing with the Muses.

c. Lemuel

15 November 2018