Style is not how you write.

It is how you do not write like anyone else.

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Choice Art

The answer to the artist
Comes quicker than a blink
Though initial inspiration
Is not what you might think.

The Muse is full of magic,
Though her vision’s sometimes dim;
The artist does not choose the work,
It is the work that chooses him.


Silent Echoes

A quiet rhyme
Upon a page
Is what a poet gives;

Some gentle words
Whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.


Writer’s Block

The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.



Art Show in the Park

The park is full of faces,
Some canvas and some real;
The landscape’s full of landscapes
Where eyes can almost feel.

A microcosm skylight world
Where portraits hang from trees,
Where shadows brushed by tips of time
Are painting memories.



Poetry Is Not

Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.




Art

Art is undefinable,
A mystery of creation
Inspired by a pigment
Of your imagination.



Bard From Deadlines


What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.



Be Mused

The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.



Fine Vintage

Don’t plant
your poem
on the page
as though
you’re hanging
drapes;
its shape
and flow
should come
and grow
like wild
summer
grapes.




Getting It Write

Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”



Double Vision

A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.



Poetry

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.



Letter Perfect

Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.



The Write of Passage

The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.



Pegasus

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.



Photo Poet

Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.



A Poem Is A Rising Moon

A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.



Star Light


Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.



A Poem Is A Spider Web


A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.



Re-Verse

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!




The In-Sight Writer


It’s not the poem on the page
That makes them laugh or cry;
It’s how your soul has touched a heart
And opened up an eye.



Artfelt Emotion


The canvas glows with all your worth,
Your soul is gladly spent;
You worked the morning light with love
To your art’s content.



Dream Land

Each night we leave this world of ours
And venture out past shooting stars
Into a world beyond our bed--
The universe inside our head.



Heart Art

The hand and eye must do the work
That earns the name of Art.
They take the viewer’s hand and eye
And lead them to the artist’s heart.



How Not To Write A Poem


Forget about the feeling,
Just grab your pen and start;
Put your mind on automatic
And throw away your heart.



Inner View


Look inside the scape called sea
Until the ocean owns your eyes;
Search beneath the surface shine
Until its depth dispels its lies.

Climb your stare upon each wave
Until you see all shades of green;
Swim your vision past itself
Until your sight becomes the scene.



Musery Loves Company

Poets mustn’t smile.
It is their job, you know,
To brood about their life and times
Wherever they may go.

So if a solemn poet
Should offer you a rhyme,
Simply smile and say, “No angst,
I haven’t got the time.”



Nothing New
Under the Sun


It’s not the idea
That you think.
It’s how you put it
Down in ink.



Water-Colored Dreams


Oils and acrylics
Are colors that excite
While pastels put the final touch
On scenes that call for light.

But water-colored canvas skies
Are what we like to see.
They’re always easy on the eyes,
They set our vision free.



What’s A Poem?

A whisper,
a shout,
thoughts turned
inside out.

A laugh,
a sigh,
an echo
passing by.

A rhythm,
a rhyme,
a moment
caught in time.

A moon,
a star,
a glimpse
of who you are.



Write Walking

If you should pass me on the street
And wonder what I said,
Please forgive the mutters made--
I'm writing in my head.



A Poem Is A Little Path


A poem is a little path
That leads you through the trees.
It takes you to the cliffs and shores,
To anywhere you please.

Follow it and trust your way
With mind and heart as one,
And when the journey’s over,
You’ll find you’ve just begun.


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Inspiration is often sparked by the introduction of change,
by simply breaking routine and setting up circumstances
whereby a difference can take place.

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Don't let reality cloud your imagination.
Look up at the sky and find once again
those long-tailed dragons and sailing ships.
Leave the cumulus and cirrus to the serious.

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Find wonder in the world.
Question the way things are.
Imagine new choices.

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Wake up to the world
as though you are seeing it each day for the first time.
Wonder -- and wander -- as a child.

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When you write for children,
don't write for children.
Write from the child in you.

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Behold the commonplace
for that is where the poem hides.

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Poems have eyes of their own.
They help us see the world
in new and different ways.

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Don't think of language as a set of symbols on a printed page.
Think of it as music.
It is.

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Give your words wings.
Let them glide on the rhythm of your natural voice.
Let them soar on the breadth of each phrase.

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How do you know if you’re a writer?
Write something everyday for two weeks, then stop, if you can.
If you can't, you're a writer.
And no one, no matter how hard they may try,
will ever be able to stop you from following your writing dreams.

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You can find your writer's voice
by simply listening to that little Muse inside
that says in a low, soft whisper, "Listen to this...

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Enter the writing process
with a childlike sense of wonder and discovery.
Let it surprise you.

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It doesn't take teachers or textbooks
to show you how to write.
One learns how to write by writing.
There is no other way.

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One does not learn how to write inside a classroom.
One writes despite academia, not because of it.
You don't need a degree to be a writer.
Writing is all it takes.

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Inspiration does not live inside a textbook.
It lives inside of you.
And the discipline to get it out
comes not from the words of others,
but from your own words.

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Poems look at the world from the inside out.

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Losing yourself in a poem
is one of the best ways
of finding out who you are.

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Writing is a tough, lonely task.
Though it may be filled with the potential for extraneous reward,
its greatest reward is found in the act of writing itself,
in creating something new out of nothing.

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The act of writing brings with it a sense of discovery,
of discovering on the page or computer screen
something you didn't know you knew until you wrote it.

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No amount of time spent studying the markets
or attending conferences will ever replace the time spent writing.
Writing and rewriting are the only ways to produce quality work.
Despite the odds, good writing still gets published.

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Style is not how you write.
It is how you do not write like anyone else.



©2010 Charles Ghigna

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