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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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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When I Write A Poem – Rabid to Write

As we look forward to 2012, I’d like to share a poem which got left on the “cutting room floor” from A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes, 2011.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

I’d also like to thank the “Followers” of my blog.

Happy New Year 2012!!!

When I Right A Poem
   (Rabid to Right)

When I right a poem,
It’s really fun you see.
I’d like to show you,
How it goes for me.

First,  there’s the inspiration,
My mind – it can be soooo dead.
To write just at the very time,
When something comes into my head.

Then the writing itself,
Usually doesn’t take to loooong.
Now for the editing –
Spelling first – allright, as I go along.

“How about this verse instead?
I could say this here.
Why don’t I put that in?
I could say this there.”

“Even I don’t know what I mean by this.
But will the reader know?
Why do I try word plays,
When know one really knows?”

“That line’s convoluted,
Is up all twisted.
Those words don’t really rhyme.
Why don’t I use ‘rested?’ ’’

And then I get a call,
I’ll read it to my rep –
The self-publishing one,
She’ll understand it yet.

I offer to read it on the phone,
She says OK (and she’ll ponder).
I read it in my best voice,
Loudly, because she’s far yonder.

She says how wonderful it is –
And then she starts to cry,
It touched her heart so much,
The best, she says, with a sigh.

She’d now like to publish,
For a limited time.
A deal – a sale – but wait –
All my poems for only $999.00.

I was honored to be honored!
So thrilled was I – I gasp!
But this won’t happen,
Because not enough writ, alas.

So I’ll still continue to
To verse right,
Because I love it so,
Even righting way into the night.

This for my own enjoyment,
And if I had my druthers,
To continue to right for my family
And also for many others.

When I right a poem,
It’s really fun you see.
I’ve now shown you,
How it goes for me.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

If you would like to use this poem 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.

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of  this new book (22 poem chapbook), A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

Thank you.

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