Nothing but a thought

Happiness is a thought, a state of being

All stoics bear their own fruit, risking oblivion

What man or woman cannot find a thought, as it

lies upon the breadth of their minds

 

Nothing is more important than growth

Growth allows for the mentally imperialistic

Colonize yourself, reign in your greater demons

Let your lesser demons free to enjoy

 

No person lives without sins

Fight the stronger, live connectedly with the latter

Forgive your life’s transgressions, never forget your personal

Find a code to live by, stick to it and enjoy the rise of character

Happiness is no more than a thought

Oblivion welcomes all

Update

Hello you readers out there,

 

Back in school and I’m already reading close to 1k pages a week. I state such as it doesn’t allow me a large block of time for working on my own poetic reading and writing. So far I’ve read two Shakespearean plays, two novel’s from the 17th century and two novels from the 18th century as well as assorted poetry from Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Montagu, and an assortment of others. I’m going to attempt to be more active this semester and keep everyone updated on the reading I complete as I find it shapes my writing int he time period that I’m currently reading. Thanks for checking in and hope you’re having a wonderful spring.

 

J.D. Mullenary I

Be Honest and True

The following is a poem written by George Birdseye in the late 1800s. I did not write this obviously and don’t claim so. I feel like it touches a small part of my soul, as I feel few people live by a code that they have clearly defined anymore. There isn’t the kind of emotional strife that you used to have to go through anymore, many things are just taken care of as they hold your hand. Progress or weakness?

 

Be honest and true, Boys!

Whatever you do, Boys,

Let this be your motto through life.

Both now and forever,

Be this your endeavor,

When wrong with the right is at strife.

 

The best and the truest,

Alas! are the fewest;

But be one of these if you can.

In duty ne’er fail; you

Will find ’twill avail you,

And bring its reward when a man.

 

Don’t think life plain sailing;

There’s danger of failing,

Though bright seem the future to be;

But honor and labor,

And truth to your neighbor,

Will bear you safe over life’s sea.

 

Then up and be doing,

Right only pursuing,

And take your fair part in the strife.

Be honest and true, boys,

Whatever you do, boys,

Let this be your motto through life!

 

Woops

I should not have promised more writing this last weekend. I’m currently entering finals and will likely be gone for about a week. I’ll get back to any messages I receive once finals are complete mid next week.

Why Answer Personal Questions

I decided to reply on Quora. Once a week or so I hop on to respond to questions I may have a good answer for. This is my favorite personal response so far: https://qr.ae/TUtpHm

What inspires you to answer a question especially ones about personal life?

Experience. If I go through some rough situation, I can explain to others through a roadmap of my own life, how not to do that as well.

One day a man falls into a hole, he looks around and can’t seem to escape. One day a rich man walks by, so the man trapped in the hole yells,

“hey mister, can you help me out of this hole”

The man throws some cash into the hole and moves on.

The next passerby is a priest, so the man in the hole yells yet again,

“Hey Father, can you help me out of this hole”

The priest says a prayer and moves on.

Finally one of his friends walks by and says,

“Man, what are you doing down there?”

The man in the hole replies,

“I fell down, can you help me out of this hole”.

His friends jumps into the hole beside him,

“What are you doing? Now we’re both in the hole”,

His friend says, “But I’ve been down here before, and I know how to get out”.

Life experience can have value, if you’re willing to share it.

Friday’s and Upcoming Schedule

Tomorrow is friday and the normal day I make multiple posts with new material. While my writing tends to take a focus on friday and sunday due to free time from school, my winter break is fast approaching as is my poetic reading list. I’ll be reading the following: 

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms by Mark Strand

Poetic Meter and Poetic Form by Paul Fussell

The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward

Each is considered a major publication on or around writing poetry and I’ll be reading in the order presented above so I can gain a grasp progressively. As I finish each book, I’m likely to take a stab at experimentation in Poetry and i’ll be sure to post it here for views/review. I’m currently finishing a poem in gnomic verse, and finished another as an intense example of alliteration. Fun stuff! Hope anyone who reads this has a great day and forthcoming weekend. 

Current Reading

I’m currently reading a few books. My goodreads link is here: https://www.goodreads.com/jdmullenary

I have a bad tendency to read in bursts. I’m in school so arguably it makes sense that I read when I have time as I’m forced to read non-standardly. That’s a hell of a morphological process. Non-standardly. Not sure it’s a word but I press on. I have three books about writing fiction I’m in the process of reading, Stephen Kings In Writing, Deborah Chester’s The Fantasy Fiction’s Formula, and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey. I plan on adding a how-to on poetry in there soon, as I feel I still don’t have a strong grip on rhythm and meter. If anyone has any suggestions I’ll always listen.

Website Updated

I’ve updated the website to include a listing by category of the different types of writing I post here. Abnormal Thoughts will fill in for updates, random thoughts, philosophy, and life comments. Modern Poetry will work for anything that’s not uniquely seen as Experimental Poetry takes that tab. I’ll update the website as time goes on and I find a theme I actually like. To those who take the time to read this, have a wonderful remainder of your year.

Aloha

Received an email from my not so many viewers haha. They asked where I’m coming up with my poetry rhythm. Here’s my goodreads link http://www.goodreads.com/jdmullenary . Leaving a period space makes it easier to copy/paste. I’ve been reading some poetry, some epic poetry like homer and beowulf, trying to gain a better grip on how poetry works. My poetry rhythm is just whatever feels right at the moment. Sometimes I go for aesthetics like the flip of a coin, or I go for syllabic matching or even meter. I’m working on one right now that focuses on alliteration. Just reading poetry helps you write poetry, just like reading fiction helps you write fiction. The point is to write. Whatever it may come out as.