Invictus is a poem by William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) that always intrigued me, ever since I saw a ‘zen pencils’ tribute to Nelson Mandela over the text (Linked). “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” is by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), and has always been one of my favorite poems, for no reason other than the sound and flow of it. “Phenomenal Woman,” by Maya Angelou (1928-2014) is a beautiful poem, also issued as a ‘zen pencils’ tribute (also linked) that speaks of confidence and beauty; I have an autographed copy of Angelou’s “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie” (1971), which holds a prominent place on my bookshelf and on this list of inspiring poems.
The oldest poem featured on this blog, I believe. Mostly an experiment with rhyme and meter, but I still look back on this one with pride. Loosely based on the feeling I got while reading Poe, hence the title.Read more "“7PO”"
Original (Fine-tip Sharpie on yellow paper). Freehand drawing, though the words are traced. I felt really pretentious writing out the medium, which was hilarious. The images are from three separate C&H strips. The quote is an excerpt from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem “All That is Gold Does Not Glitter,” which is featured in “The Fellowship of the Ring” and partially in Peter Jackson’s “The Return of the King” adaptation. The script is based on the font “Hobbiton Brush,” which I believe was created by Nancy Lorenz.Read more "“Wanderlust”"
Two very different and relatively old poems. They reflect on two different friendships and different aspects of those friendships, but both focus on a certain disconnect in understanding between two people; failed communication, if nothing else.Read more "“Is There A Difference?” and “I Hope”"
Written on a beautiful spring afternoon, just before a Taco Bell venture. I remember it well. Touches on suicide and relationships, with a similar feeling to “I Saw A Man” but from a different perspective.Read more "“A Man on Break”"
Written in my ‘blue period’. Some attempts at a commentary on topics such as suicide, self-harm, powerlessness, and the phenomenon of regret. Done with various levels of formality; some go so far as to ignore punctuation, others are strictly structured with stanzas.They were interesting to write, to say the least, and allowed me to explore my own feelings in a way that simple thought could not. Of these four poems (“I Saw A Man,” “Cliffhanger,” “Super,” and (Fear”), “I Saw A Man” is by far my favorite. It is the most aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion, and I learn something new about myself every time I re-read it. If you read nothing else from “Falling,” take a moment for “I Saw A Man.”Read more "“Falling,” a Compilation"
Max Ehrmann, 1952. An inspirational, instructional, informational poem for world-improvement via self-improvement.Read more "“Desiderata”"