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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The Spell Check Tool

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The Spell Check Tool

I love to ewes my Spell Check Tool
To help me do it write,
When I right for periodicals
Or for my web sight.

No matter when or wear,
It ax through my poem’s sells.
I use it two pear words correctly
So I won’t Miss Spell.

Accept for the computer
(So bettor and nice),
No ones ice check it.
I just except it’s advise.

Its great to live
With these fax of technology.
I don’t half to worry about spelling.
I use it and make know apology.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Spell Check Tool © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Computer spell checking is great, but good old proofreading is better. Go through the content and check if you’ve selected the correct words.  Then, take the text and read it backwards so you can concentrate on the spelling of individual words without thinking too much about the content.

My journalism teacher, Miss Spell, always used to say, “Even thought great care is taken, their might still be sum misnakes because no one is prefect.”   🙂

Thank you to those who follow my website.  Also, if you are dropping by today – welcome.  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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Uncooked Poetry

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Uncooked Poetry

Molly sits on the bed
Not feeling very good.
She’s trying to read
Like every night she should.

Then Mother thinks of what could be the matter,
And then she knows what might.
“What have you been reading
Before bed tonight?”

“Just some poetry.
For me that’s very right!”

“No wonder you’re feeling ill,”
(As Mother examines the book carefully)
“This poetry’s uncooked.
Can’t you see?”

“There are no rhyming words
At the end of every other line,
And just because there’re fancy words
This doesn’t make healthy verse and fine.”

“You’re not feeling well yet,
But I have the answer, dear.
You need to read some edited rhyming verse
Which will make everything real clear.”

Then Molly felt all right that night,
As she took the plunge
Into fully cooked poetry,
She read all the poems one by one.

— Charles B. Mayes

Uncooked Poetry © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

With this entry, I take a lighthearted jab at non-rhyming poetry. However, we can use many styles of poetry to get messages across that touch persons, sometimes very deeply.

If you have stopped by my site for awhile, I really appreciate you. I also thank my loyal followers who receive this by email or through WordPress. May God richly bless all of 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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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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The Final Poem

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The Final Poem
(Matthew 25:21- ERV)

The poet’s mind stood still like a block,
Resembling embers of a fire – soon gone.
Ideas hard to come by,
Now God’s refreshment to wait on.

At once, the author’s name was called,
A strong voice was heard –
“You are a good servant who can be trusted. . . ”
“Share my happiness,” was His Word.

An angel escorted the writer through a gate,
Where the poet walked on streets of gold.
There, no light, but God’s,
As the Bible foretold.

There was no crying,
Nor sickness, nor pain,
Just Love flowing freely
Through the power of Jesus name.

Then as swiftly as the dream had begun,
The poet awakened at the new dawn of light.
The poet’s mind spinning with astonishing,
New glorious ideas to write.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Final Poem © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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April is National Poetry Month designated by the American Academy of Poets.  This is not my final poem, Lord willing, but shows how dependent Christian poets are on God for inspiration to keep on writing poems for His glory.

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 . . . ”

If you stopped by this site or are a regular follower – Welcome!!! 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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. . . Showers of Blessing – Literally

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. . . Showers of Blessing – Literally

The Citywide Hymn Sing group, braving heavy rain, in the throes of a drought, enthusiastically sang the opening hymn, “. . . Showers of Blessing” led by that evening’s MC – Larry Pine. This, last Friday evening, February 6th at Bethel Church, 1201 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128.

As part of the program, I had the privilege of reading some of my poems and presenting a vocal rendition.  (See my part below.)

Larry’s wife, Sharon, who accompanied me, is a terrific evangelistic style piano player with her own remarkable technique.

During the hymns, besides piano, the accompanists were excellent clarinet, flute, and bass saxophone players.

If you live in the San Jose area, or even visiting, come on over to the Hymn Sing! See the details below.

“You pick the hymns. This is an inspiring time of singing by the audience. No preaching, no pretext, no fees, just hymns. Put your hymn request on a paper, and we sing as many as we can from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Hymnbooks are provided. Meets the first Friday of each month except July.” (Larry Pine)

They usually meet ”in Lee Hall, at the back of Bethel’s main building on the ground floor. Park in the back and look for the signs.” (Larry Pine)

Here is my part of the program which was passed out to the attendees.  Please take time to read the scripture verses. (The poems are on this website.)

♥ Some Poems and a Song ♫
Charles B. Mayes

Introduction

Opening – Lighten Your Burden – Ps. 91:11

He’s Already Taken Care of It
2 Chronicles 20:1-30

It Is No Secret – Stuart Hamblen ♫ – Ps. 112:4,7; Ps. 28:7

February ♥ :
Mother and George Washington – Jer. 17:7
Wake Up American Christians! – Jn. 8:36

Children:
When Children Pray – Matt. 18:3-4
I Don’t Have A Father – Ps. 68:5
Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving
Day Reading [with Actions (see website)] –
Matt. 21:16

Right Where I Was – Ps. 63:8

Closing – Our God of Blessings – Deut. 28:6

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I really appreciated the invitation from Larry Pine and enjoyed being at this gathering.

Charles B. Mayes

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Musing

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Musing

I loll on the couch
While reflecting creatively,
For hours in the den
As my wife serves iced tea.

Some say –
He’s a snoozer snoozing.
But I say –
I’m just musing.

I contemplate this or that
Pondering my poems today,
Always outside the box
In a novel way.

I stir – a paradigm shift,
Maybe a little word misusing.
But I am project moving
Because I’m really musing

                              — Charles B. Mayes

Musing © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Recently a friend visited our house and asked me how I got the ideas for my poems.  He said, in humor, that I must sit on the couch musing and my wife would bring me iced tea – thus, the motivation for the poem above.

I appreciate you joining me for this little trip down a lighthearted path today.

When we meditate on God’s Word, the Bible, it is really rewarding.  That is the best muse of all!

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.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

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!

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