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Richard J
Location: Texas, USA
Gender: Male
Born: Every Morning 🎶
Interests: I've worn many different hats.
Member: Standard
Joined: December 2006

Also, l am a true poet, who believes there is a proper poetic form for each and every thing, and I love watching, reading, and learning from people.
Most everything I know came from some source outside of myself, but not what or how I feel and think; this, you will find revealed in the uniqueness of my varied poetic offerings.
One wonderfully joyful aspect of my life is derived from teaching poetry, our most amazingly infinite art ... I see a poetess or poet in everyone. ✍
Only a quiet pool reflects the stars ~
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Richard J:

Singularly miffed: 🤔

I've read and reviewed many poems on here by others, without even close equal reciprocation, and I'm more than certain it's because I seldom offer a big payment or a bushel of points (bribes), unless it's that my poems are actually considered that unappealing or unworthy by so many.

I guess the only way to get poems on here read and reviewed is to pay for it, but why should I expend my years of creative skills and sweat, only to end paying someone to read my compositions(?), especially, when I'm already generously offering them for free ... that just seems too desperate. It should be the author getting paid, if anyone ... what's wrong with this picture, folks?

Actually, I've served on here since 2006 ... I've just never voiced my angst until now, settling, instead, to enjoy all my friends whose poetry (mostly) is some of the best on the net, and because of this, I review them for the pittance of 1 point and 2¢, and I would for nothing, but it should go both ways, and when my FanStory membership lapses, it will have been my final day here.

A sincere thanks to each of You who've been a fair, loyal friend.
Much love to all ~ Richard 🍃

August 14, 2020 at 4:26PM
    Colin John: Good rant and if anything you have got it off your chest and can move on too write more with the knowledge that you are not just a number.
    August 14, 2020 at 11:15PM
    Richard J:

    Thanks, Colin 🌾
    Your sentiments are truly welcomed and appreciated.

    Richard 🍃

    August 16, 2020 at 1:27PM

Richard J:


   While digging through my archives, I came upon this little composition from 1972; someone may find it interesting, entertaining, or even informative.

   It is from a conversation between Leona, a novice poet (also, a sophomore English major at SMU, in Dallas, Texas) and I, that was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape and transcribed by her into type as a grade paper.

   The composition is her format, but my comments are transcribed exactly as they were spoken.

   The intro is by a poet friend who generously permitted it to be included ... I think it befits the moment perfectly.


Poetry is a gift, the ability to show one's inner-self, 
much as a proprietor displays his wares, upon a public shelf.
The ability to write in rhyme, makes not the poet, 
but that he writes sincerely, and his readers know it.
That he can raise a tear, a smile, enlightenment, or query; 
perhaps, shed moments of enlightenment 'pon a subject dreary.
He need not be a scholar, knowing how to spell, 
but simply one who starts a task, and tries to do it well. 

But, most of all, the poet is a person, not in part, but whole; 
for, when he writes he opens up ... the gateway to his soul.

John F. Price ~ Theatrecats (RIP

 "Tell me, Richard, exactly what your take on poetry is," she said.
 "Hmm?" I replied. "Let me think on that for a moment......!"

  "Well, My Dear, to me, more than anything else, poetry is a brilliantly creative way for humans to express who they are, what they feel, and believe ... and, to touch one another without physical contact.

 As human beings, we experience and share a vast array of emotions, all of which are transient in nature. The way we feel and what we think can change more often than the weather, with even less predictability.
 I look upon my own poetical efforts (for example) as attempts to capture a moment's feelings in verse upon the page, much like photographers record that which they see through their lens onto film.
 While looking back on what I've written over the years reminds me of what I felt when I wrote it, it does not necessarily reflect what I feel today.
 One must realize, too, that when reading poetry, the desire is to connect on some level with what the poem is saying, and when one relates well, the tendency to do so is in the here and now.
 What one writes ... what I write ... may afford a partial glimpse of who I am, but the whole of me remains impossible to see, or to even be glimpsed through mere words.
 Yet, how truly wise we are when each one of us, whom is gifted with the inherent talent of self expression, comes to realize that we are rare and unique, indeed; especially, if we are fortunate enough to be able to faithfully and honestly follow this legacy.
 If poetry were to try and express the full measure of the man in me; that it were to aspire to embrace the totality of my essence, it would be but a very weak reflection of the man I am ... a misty shadow, if you will.
 Poetry, may then well become but a very weak pursuit for a man and for a woman, but not now, and not in the life and skin in which I live. Whether all that pours forth from my pen to page comes from some place fanciful or factual, it all originates from something I've lived, learned, imagined, or deeply and characteristically (almost instinctively) understood within me ... a place as natural as breathing, or the quick, unaware blink of an eye, while the heart beats independently and the soul soars free on its own accord."
 "I am not sure if this will adequately satisfy your question, Leona, but it is all for now I have to offer; yet, not all I know or feel for it, from it, or about it ... poetry, that is."

Richard W. Jenkins


 Today, I could offer more, but I can't say that I feel any 
significantly different here, in 2020, than I did in 1972. 
 Maybe, I simply need to grow-up. 🤔

May 12, 2020 at 2:12PM
    jlsavell: Even you statement is poetically expressed.
    May 12, 2020 at 7:18PM
    Richard J:
    Thank you, Jimi Dear,
    For reading this rather longwinded commentary.
    I suppose I do tend to wax poetically ... it must be a habit. : )

    May 21, 2020 at 8:51AM

Richard J:

May 7, 2020 at 11:20AM
    Richard J:
    Thank you most humbly for the honor, FanStory. : )

    May 7, 2020 at 11:28AM

Richard J:

"All Of Me" -- for Free Verse Poetry Contest.
I give most grateful and humble thanks to all who voted for me in this well-represented contest ... there were many excellent poems entered by some truly masterful writers.
Bless you, one and all* ~ Richard : )

May 1, 2020 at 2:49PM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: God's Sweet Lullaby finished second in the contest "Petrarchan Sonnet"
May 1, 2020 at 12:13AM
    Susanjohn: Just a lovely Sonnet!Congrats :-)
    May 1, 2020 at 8:26AM
    Richard J:

    Thank you ever-so warmly, Dear Susan 🥀
    It was a joy to take part in your most excellent Petrarchan Sonnet contest, and an honor to place.
    We need more like this in a variety of advanced forms, that require a more masterful poetry writing skill.

    May 1, 2020 at 2:44PM

Richard J:

I've inadvertently deleted all messages, accolades, and awards received since 2006.
I do recall and appreciate each and every one, though ... thank you ever-so warmly. 😊

Ah, but "c'est la vie!" 🥂

April 26, 2020 at 12:16PM
    Mrs. KT: Good Morning, Richard!
    Have you considered contacting Tom to see if he could recover the items/messages lost? I would "give it a go!"
    Take Care!
    April 27, 2020 at 8:43AM
    Richard J:
    Thanks, Diane,
    Good idea ... I might give that a try.
    You're a kind friend. : )
    April 28, 2020 at 5:48PM

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May 1 at 12:13AM
Love's Ambling Seasons ~ finished second in the contest "SADNESS"
October 9 at 12:13AM
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August 13 at 2:08AM
Our Love finished third in the contest "Love Poem"
July 11 at 9:10AM
A Better FanStory, in 2019 finished third in the contest "Fanstory-Suggestions For 2019"
December 31 at 12:13AM
A Better FanStory, in 2019 reached "Recognized" status.
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October 19 at 1:10AM
~ the essence that is Us ... reached "Recognized" status.
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