Poems, He Writes

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Poems, He Writes

He seals his poetry notebook.
His oculars blurry,
But still unpremeditatedly manuscripts the last word
In an instantaneous hurry.

The diurnal course is failing.
Only the midnight oil now to burn.
The hearthside is tempestuous.
The log cabin noiseless until day’s return.

But soon he is quiescently somnolent.
His head collapsing to the fore and back,
Like a bobblehead,
Because repose he lacks.

He dreams of his teacher
Of English, so good,
As he sits in the classroom
Hanging on her every word.

She writes on the board,
For all to see,
In 8 inch tall letters,
The word, “CLARITY.”

She proceeds to tell them
Why so important it is
To say what you mean
In simple communication.

As he awakes,
Embers glow behind the fireplace grate,
He opens his notebook
And then sits up straight.

He looks through his verses
To see if he can see
Any writing to simplify,
Any easier words that might be.

And as he thinks
How his poem might end,
The morning sky has turned bright
And the sunshine comes in.

— Charles B. Mayes

Poems, He Writes © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

It’s good to write clearly over using some fifty cent to one dollar words.  These big words may show that we know these words, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we communicate.  Savvy?

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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Desperate to Rhyme

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Desperate to Rhyme

When you write poetry,
Sometimes you’re just stuck,
Desperate what to rhyme,
With what.

You go through the ABCs
And then you get confused.
Now you look at all those rhyming lists.
You can’t really get enthused!

Why do they suggest words
That really make no sense?
Now why would you want to rhyme
“Sense” with “business lunch expense”?

Many poems don’t rhyme anyway.
Writers don’t even try,
Only those feely-touchy words and phrases,
“tranquil. alarm. tranquil and alarm. why?”

So when desperate to rhyme
Using those words you can’t find,
What do you do?
Don’t think too much and use a little slight of mind.

— Charles B. Mayes

Desperate to Rhyme © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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April is National Poetry Month.  April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  This is a day when people carry a poem with them and read it aloud to others.

I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:

“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”

Thank you for following my site. Also, if you have stopped by for awhile I really appreciate it. May God richly bless you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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My Pocket Poem

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My Pocket Poem

A poem in my pocket,
A Bible on my desk,
A chapter book on my bed,
My blurry eyes I rest.

Next morning when I see Mom,
She asks me what I’ve read,
“It’s a rhyming poem about Jesus’ life
For ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day’,’’ I said.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Pocket Poem © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

April is National Poetry Month.  April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  This is a day when people carry a poem with them and read it aloud to others.  My poem, for children, is to emphasize this day.

I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:

“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”

Thank you for following my site.  Also, if you have stopped by for awhile I really appreciate it. May God richly bless you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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