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Richard J
Gender: Male
Member: Premier Author
Joined: December 2006
INFORMATION
"Greetings, everyone!"
I wish You a warm and happy welcome to my pages. 😃

My book is,
"BEHIND the SMILE"

You might enjoy this 350-page volume, containing 145 of my original poems in 52-forms ... available in soft and hardcover "thick matte suede-feel" high quality editions.
Printed in the Papyrus font, instructions are included for the 52 poetic forms the book is composed in, with a number of "highly interesting" Original formats.

CHAPTERS INCLUDE
Homage to Poetry, Romance, Life, Love, Emotion, Imagery, Sadness, Humor, Japanese Forms, Promise, Sensuality, Fantasy, and Thinking.

"BEHIND the SMILE"
Order on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBay, etc; virtually anywhere books are sold.


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Only a quiet pool reflects the stars ~
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FanStory wrote to Richard J: Love's Ambling Seasons ~ finished second in the contest "SADNESS"
October 9, 2019 at 12:13AM
    Sally Law: Congratulations, Richard. This was the winner in my eyes. I miss seeing you these days. You seem far removed. Hurry back, dear poet. Sal xo
    November 15, 2019 at 8:41AM

Richard J: The LION has been selected to be shown on the welcome page! It has been displayed on the "Well Received" section of the home page.
Your post will be featured for a couple of hours to a full twenty four hours.
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August 26, 2019 at 1:52PM
    Richard J: Thank you for the recognition and inspirational honor.
    August 31, 2019 at 11:09AM

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October 30, 2018 at 8:15AM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: Dreaming~* finished first in the contest "Sexual Fantasy "
October 19, 2018 at 1:10AM
    MissMerri: Congratulations Richard!! This is great. You obviously know how to write outstanding poetry.
    October 19, 2018 at 1:15PM
    Richard J: Aw shucks, Adonna!
    How very nice of you, the master poetess, to say such an encouraging thing to me, an humble bard ... I feel so very blessed.
    A BIG HUG of thanks! : )
    October 19, 2018 at 1:22PM
    Richard J:
    Richard J: It was a great pleasure to write side-by-side with my talented lady and fellow poets in this contest, and to get the most votes, though a distinct honor, in no way makes me the best writer ... now, to read and review each of your entrees. : )
    October 19, 2018 at 1:23PM
    Richard J: A huge "THANK YOU!" to one and all who voted for my entree.
    Bless you with the same happiness you've bestowed on me! : )
    October 19, 2018 at 1:26PM
    justafan: Congrats on this beautiful sensual work of art. It was stunning.
    October 20, 2018 at 2:41AM
    Richard J: Thank you, Missy!
    It was a very enjoyable contest that I was fortunate to even place in, must-less win amongst so many fine writers ... this one is special for me.
    Thank you for hosting it for us. : )
    October 21, 2018 at 1:40AM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: Written with air ... ( dolor ) finished first in the contest "Free Verse"
July 20, 2018 at 2:10AM
    Ginnygray: Congratulations, Richard on an awesome win!
    July 20, 2018 at 2:18AM
    michaelcahill: An awesome piece standing out in a powerful field. Congrats! :))
    July 20, 2018 at 2:23AM
    Richard J: Hey, Ginny & Michael,
    Thanks a zillion for your congrats!
    It was a pleasure sharing my poem with so many excellent writers ... I was amazed to have even placed, but am thrilled and overjoyed to have won.
    WOW! : D
    July 20, 2018 at 7:19AM
    MissMerri: A beautiful poem Richard. Congratulations for taking first prize with this.
    August 8, 2018 at 2:21PM
    Richard J: Thank you, Dear Adonna,
    Your congrats made my day smile. : )
    August 15, 2018 at 8:39AM

Richard J: "What life's been all about ..." has been selected to be shown on the welcome page! It has been displayed on the "Well Received" section of the home page.
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June 18, 2018 at 10:08AM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: I PRAYED (English Sonnet) finished second in the contest "Silver Lining"
June 16, 2018 at 2:10AM
    Susanjohn: Congrats Richard! :-)
    June 17, 2018 at 3:07PM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: Homemade Fort finished first in the contest "Dating romance"
June 15, 2018 at 12:13AM
    Richard J: Though,
    I am thrilled to win this story contest, as a simple poet, I am, also, sincerely humbled in doing so amongst the truly fine writers onsite.
    My most appreciative thanks to all who cast their votes for me.
    Blessings, one and all! ~ Richard : )
    June 15, 2018 at 6:32AM

Richard J: "Release to Love (sadness is)" has been selected to be shown on the welcome page! It has been displayed on the "Well Received" section of the home page.
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June 10, 2018 at 5:05PM
    Richard J: Thank you for selecting my poem to highlight on the site's greeting page ... I am honored.
    June 11, 2018 at 8:17PM
    Susanjohn: Love that Sonnet! Congrats..
    June 12, 2018 at 4:03PM
    Richard J: Thank you, Susan, for always supporting me.
    Bless you! ~ Richard : )
    November 1, 2018 at 11:06PM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: My Darling Golden Rose (penitence) finished second in the contest "Quatrain Poetry"
May 20, 2018 at 5:10AM
    Susanjohn: Congratulations! :-)
    May 20, 2018 at 8:29AM
    Richard J: With the caliber of poets that entered this contest, I am truly humbled to have even placed. : )
    May 20, 2018 at 1:25PM
    Richard J: Thank you, Susan, ever-so gratefully and warmly ... I really appreciate You. : )
    May 22, 2018 at 6:01PM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: Life finished first in the contest "Meaning of Life"
March 27, 2018 at 7:10PM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations on winning the contest. Marilyn
    March 27, 2018 at 10:30PM
    Richard J: Thank you so much, Marilyn, and for your wonderful support ... brightest blessings! : )
    March 28, 2018 at 10:59AM
    karenina: Congratulations dear poet. Your poem was most worthy of this honor and I am proud tohave recognized that on my own and voted!--Karenina
    March 28, 2018 at 12:26PM
    Richard J: Thank you, Dear Karenina,
    Your vote helped my win, and I am so very grateful and humbled by your support.

    Warmest hugs 'n brightest smiles! ~ Richard : )
    March 29, 2018 at 12:41PM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: . . . our eternal Spring finished first in the contest "Lonely Poem"
February 16, 2017 at 2:10AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your first place finish. A lovely lonely poem. judi
    February 16, 2017 at 7:29AM
    Richard J: Thank you most warmly, Judi! : )
    I loved your Solitary Drummer, too, and think it was far better then mine ... it's difficult to tell why one poem wins over another, they are all so good, don't your think?
    Congrats on your win, too, Judi ... smiles to you! ~ Richard
    February 16, 2017 at 8:39AM
    winnona: A well-written poem, congratulations on your first place win.
    February 16, 2017 at 11:47AM
    happykat4: Congratulations. It was simply the best!. Well deserved.
    February 16, 2017 at 12:39PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    February 16, 2017 at 2:33PM
    Richard J: Thank you Winnona, Kathy, and Lady Irish ... you girls really know how to make a guy feel special ~ like a king! : )
    Smiles 'n hugs to each of You! ~ Richard 💖
    February 17, 2017 at 10:32AM
    Susanjohn: Congratutions Richard! Just a truly wonderful poem and well deserved win!🌼
    February 17, 2017 at 12:51PM
    Susanjohn: Congratutions Richard! Just a truly wonderful poem and well deserved win!🌼
    February 17, 2017 at 12:52PM
    Susanjohn: Lol posted that twice cause I really meant it! 🙃(New phone,don't know what I'm doing) hehehe
    February 17, 2017 at 12:56PM
    Richard J: Oh-BOY, Susan! : )
    Not one, not two, but three congrats and notes from you on this one.
    I think I feel faint ... LOL!
    Thanks a million, Dear Lady-Poet! ~ Richard
    February 20, 2017 at 11:14AM
    RGstar: Richard, i am not getting any of your posts in my mailbox, I have just looked through and have no understanding why, as well a few more authors. Strange. I wonder who else have access....and why?
    March 26, 2017 at 2:45PM

Richard J:
"MY TAKE ON POETRY"

Forenote:

While digging through my archives, I came upon this little composition from 1972, someone may find interesting, 
entertaining, or even informative.
It is from a conversation between Leona, a novice poet (also, a sophomore English major at SMU [Southern Methodist University], 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 the wording is verbatim as I spoke it. The intro is by a poet 
friend, whom generously permitted it to be included ... I think it befits the moment perfectly.
 

 
~ INTRODUCTION ~


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, upon a subject dreary. 
 

He doesn't need to 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

______*______

  "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 a photographer records what 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 who is gifted with the inherent talent of self-expression, comes to realize that
 we are rare and unique, indeed; especially, if we are fortunate in faithfully and honestly following 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; for, 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, 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
©1972


 
Today, I could offer more, but I can't say that I feel any 
significantly different now than I did when I said all this. 
Maybe, I need to grow-up ... LOL!

January 1, 2017 at 2:01PM
    damommy: Never grow up. It's no fun. I intend to stay a lifetime 8 year old. LOL. 8-)
    January 1, 2017 at 7:06PM
    Richard J: Thank you, Dear "Little Girl!" ; )
    I love your words and the thoughts they gift!

    Hugs, Richard : )
    January 5, 2017 at 4:50PM
    happykat4: You are very astute and your gifts a joy for many. I can identify with much of what you wrote and though one believes he/she knows another, there is a part of themselves never revealed.
    January 7, 2017 at 11:18AM
    Richard J: Thank you so much, Kathy, for reading and commenting.
    I think what you say is very true and holds much merit.
    It seems that however sincerely we try, even if we were to express our real inner selves, it's doubtful we could through the art of words, or in any other way others would actually feel our core essences.
    I like what you've said ... truly! : )
    January 10, 2017 at 10:58AM

Richard J: Sorry, Folks,
For the late responses to all your wonderful, helpful, and encouraging reviews in appreciation, praise, and encouragement to my humble poetic efforts.
I caught a cold, which turned out to be flu, and ended-up in the hospital for a horrific 10-day bout with pneumonia.

Back home now, weak, but will try to catch-up a bit at a time.
Warmest thanks to one and all! ~ Richard 😃
December 17, 2016 at 10:56AM
    rama devi: Sorry to hear you've been ill. Sending healing thoughts. Ihad that horrible flu too and it went deep in lungs but I took antibiotics before t got so serious. Hope you recover soon. Please take deep rest and do steaming and hot herbal teas...
    December 17, 2016 at 12:40PM
    Susanjohn: Glad you're feeling better!!!!! :-)))))
    December 17, 2016 at 8:51PM
    Richard J: Thank you ladies, for your TLC and healing, caring sentiments.

    I feel much better already! :D
    December 20, 2016 at 1:07PM
    RGstar: I wonderedwhat happened to you.
    Keep on top of it buddy. Get that flu jab around September, October each year.
    January 5, 2017 at 1:11PM

FanStory wrote to Richard J: Congratulations! Life's Song won the contest "Sonnet Poetry Contest"
November 24, 2016 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!
    November 24, 2016 at 12:24AM
    Richard J: From FanStory 
on November 24, 2016 12:13 AM
    As the winner of Sonnet Poetry Contest you have received a Seven Star Rating from the Contest Committee for your English [Shakespearean] Sonnet: "Life's Song".
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    November 24, 2016 at 1:25PM
    Richard J: Thank you, Dear Irish, and a "Most Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours" ... hugs! ~ Richard
    November 24, 2016 at 1:27PM
    RGstar: Hey, my good friend, I couldn't be happier. I have just read your entry. Confirmed what I knew. You are a natural, my friend. So happy to see talent. Believe in yourself for I believe in you.
    Magic.
    RG
    November 24, 2016 at 1:54PM
    Richard J: Thank you for believing in me, RG, my fine friend, and thank you, FanStory Review Committee, for considering my humble efforts worthy of such high recognition.

    I feel doubly blessed! ~ Richard
    November 24, 2016 at 6:03PM
    MissMerri: Richard, your sonnet was definitely prize-worthy beautiful. Congratulations!
    November 24, 2016 at 7:44PM
    rama devi: Congrats! I'm so pleased you won, as this was the best entry I read. Yay!~
    November 24, 2016 at 11:45PM
    IndianaIrish: Congratulations on winning the site contest with your truly exceptional sonnet, Richard. The honor is deserved.
    November 25, 2016 at 12:50AM
    Jmf4119: Congratulations Richard!!!
    Well deserved.
    November 25, 2016 at 4:14PM
    Dean Kuch:  photo winnersmiley_zpsc8tc3oaz1_zpsgpj08y0m.gif
    Huge congrats, Richard. It's a well deserved win!
    Dean
    November 26, 2016 at 5:08AM
    Richard J: Thank you, Dear MissMerri! : )
    Your recognition and kudos made it all worthwhile! ~ RJ
    November 27, 2016 at 9:15AM
    Richard J: Thank you ever-so warmly, Nina ... your sweet kindness is a wonderful blessing! ~ Richard : )
    November 27, 2016 at 9:17AM
    Richard J: Thank you sincerely and happily, Dear Karyn ... you've made an olde bard smile! ; D
    November 27, 2016 at 9:21AM
    Richard J: A big THANKS to you, Jmf4119 ... you've, indeed, made me feel like a proud winner! : )
    November 27, 2016 at 9:23AM
    Richard J: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you sincerely and gratefully, Sir Dean!
    I've now officially been stamped and approved by the best!
    You're a sure winner, too, My Friend! ~ Richard : )
    November 27, 2016 at 9:27AM

 
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