I Wish I Were A Fish

I Wish I Were A Fish

 

I wish, I wish

I were a fish

A flounder

Half pounder

A snapper

How dapper

A yellowfin

With a grin

A permit

No hermit

A halibut

Not a mutt

A flying fish

What a dish

A grouper

How super

A salmon

How jammin’

A trout

That’s stout

I wish, I wish

I were a fish

In the sea

Safe and free

Because There’s No You


I try to be strong

I try to be brave

I try not to cry

I try to behave

 

I try not to shake

I try to be tough

I try to smile through

But it’s not enough

 

I cannot stop crying

I cannot stop shaking

I cannot start smiling

My insides are quaking

 

I cannot see clearly

I cannot break through

I cannot stop yearning

Because there’s no you

 

My Light

 

When you’re feeling the darkest

And the sun just won’t shine

When you’re lower than low

Just put your hand in mine

 

My light will chase the clouds

And bring back your glow

I’ll lift your spirits higher

And save you from below

 

You never have to worry

I’ll be hovering near

Whenever you need me

I’ll be here

Torture Chamber

 

Francencense fills the air

The room is still and bright

A baby cries, a cat meows

A small child screams in fright

 

Downstairs, the torture chamber

Waits for some new flesh

Metal gleaming, gears gnashing

Figures wrapped in mesh

 

Silently the henchmen lead

The victim to the table

Straps are tightened, buckles buckled

Movement barely able

 

Confessions screamed into the dark

Or whispered in the light

Hot coals, bamboo shoots

Cat-o-nines that bite

 

Bloody tears trickle down

Wounds gape like smiles

Lucky ones who died quick deaths

Lying grouped in piles

 

Silence echoes through the chamber

Whimpers fade away

Henchmen leave, blood dries

Straps await another day

Foot Surgery…Yuck!

Well I’m headed into foot surgery this morning and I’m a little scared.  I had bunion surgery on both feet when I was sixteen and it was so excruciating that I was miserable for weeks.  Now I’ve got hammertoes on my left foot.  What kind of a word is that?  When I tell people it makes me feel like I have the ugliest feet in the world.  I’ve never considered my feet to be beautiful, but I’ve never thought them ugly either, but after today they may be!  I’m really not sure how this is going to turn out, but at least I won’t be in pain.  I haven’t been able to go for long walks or run or do strenuous exercise without my foot hurting and it’s really put a cramp in my physical fitness and also a damper on my mood.

 

Well, root for me and I’ll see you on the flipside!

Forever Yearning


Thoughts screaming

Consciousness streaming

Fevered dreaming

Never silent

 

Feelings thunder

Over and under

Emotions blunder

Always frenzied

 

Senses reeling

Hurt but healing

Layers peeling

Constantly raw

 

Sounds abate

Hearts hesitate

Love won’t wait

Forever yearning

Smiles Toward The Future

 

Your mind yearns for normalcy

While your body longs for rest

Your heart cries out for comfort

It’s been weakened by this test

 

The daily struggles lessen

Never fast enough for you

Weekly tests are reminders

You’d like to bid them adieu

 

I hold you in my embrace

And feel your frailty and strength

Each day sees you much stronger

You will go to any length

 

Soon you will hold me once more

And squeeze me as a new man

You’ll dance me around the floor

You’ve had so much time to plan

 

Here’s a kiss for tomorrow

Forget about yesterday

Put our smiles toward the future

And look toward a nice long stay

The Right Way To Write A Feature Article



The foundation of a freelance writer’s repertoire is a well-crafted feature article. The market for good features is vast and varied, and you can make an excellent living specializing in this genre. What follows is a fool-proof process for the right way to write a feature article.

Choose a Topic

Start with an idea. Is there something you have a burning desire to write about or a particular publication you want to write for? Once you have decided on your subject, the next step is to establish your premise. What is the point of your article, your working theme? You should be able to sum it up in a sentence or two. For example, here is my working hypothesis for an article on law firm marketing: To compete in an increasing complex, changing environment, many law firms across the country are exploring a revolutionary new strategy — marketing their services.

Research

Research has three purposes:

  • It reaffirms and expands your hypothesis, or it reveals that you are on the wrong track and need to start over.
  • In its early stages, research provides enough information to help you block out the article and write a coherent, convincing query letter.
  • Finally, it fills in the meat of your article. Information is gathered through interviews, reading, and making expert use of the resources on the Web. No writer can survive today without understanding how search engines work.

Draft a Query Letter

Unless you are on assignment, the idea is to sell your article to an editor, and a good query letter is key to doing so. A query letter parallels a sales call. It should have five parts, and, ideally, each is only one paragraph long. (Editors are bleary eyed from the amount of reading material in their in-boxes.)

  • The first paragraph is your introduction. It tells the editor who you are, why you’re writing, and the subject of your proposed article.
  • The second paragraph focuses on the editor’s needs, and to write it you must know the general editorial policy of the publication and the audience to whom it is directed.
  • Paragraph three briefly describes the content and appropriateness of your article and why the publication’s readers would want this information.
  • The fourth paragraph explains why you are uniquely qualified to write this piece. What are your credentials? How much do you know about this subject? How well do you understand the aims of the publication?
  • The final paragraph is very short. It is your close, your action statement, in which you state what you will do next. Will you wait to hear from the editor (risky), or will you call to follow up and, if so, when? If you say you’ll call at a certain time, do so.

Do More Research

Don’t sit around waiting for a response. Go back to researching, this time in much more depth. Immerse yourself in your subject. Gather every bit of information you can find. Talk to as many experts or sources as possible. Keep at it until you are filled to the point of overflowing. When you feel that one more fact will be a fact too many, you’ll know it’s time to stop.

“Feed the Computer”

Now it’s time to input all the data you have gathered into the computer that is your own mind. Many writers just skip this step because it requires time to read, highlight, make notes, and organize every piece of information you have gathered and self-discipline to walk away and do something unrelated to your article. You’ve put the data in; the “computer” will do the rest. Believe me, it works!


Write

This is what all that preparation has been leading to — the moment when everything comes together into a coherent whole. If you’ve followed the first five steps, you will find that you’re more than ready to write. Obviously, the intricacies of how to do it would require a separate book, but here are a few techniques I’ve found helpful over the years.

Lay out the article in outline form — introduction at the top; conclusion at the bottom; and I, II, and III in the middle. It may sound simplistic, but that format will keep you focused on sticking to no more than three main points. Your introduction must grab the reader and pull her into the story. It should also contain your thesis. The introduction basically makes the point; I, II, and III prove it; and the conclusion wraps it up in a neat little package.


Revise and Edit

Editing is not a mysterious or highly technical process. It simply means that you read your article very carefully, looking for typos, grammatical errors, repetitive words, and awkward phrasing. I have always found it useful to read my articles aloud because I tend to hear things I miss when I read. Editing provides the opportunity to see the big picture, as well as the details; to fix the glitches; and to polish the prose. As with researching and writing, there is an optimal moment to stop. When one more change might just topple your carefully constructed story, it’s time to print it one last time and turn off the computer.

The payoff to all your hard work comes when you send your manuscript to an editor. After your query letter and follow-up calls, the best-case scenario is when an editor says, “That sounds interesting. I’d like to take a look at it when it’s finished.” There is no sweeter moment — except, perhaps, seeing it in print — than dropping that envelope in a mailbox when you know someone is waiting to read it.

About the Author

Bobbi Linkemer is a ghostwriter, editor, and the author of 12 books under her own name. She has been a professional writer for 40 years, a magazine editor and journalist, and a book-writing teacher. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs who want to write books in order to enhance their credibility and build their businesses. Visit her Website at: http://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com

The Moray Mambo

The moray moved

Through the sea of blue

Just like a bright ribbon of green

Slithering slow

Gliding back and forth

The coolest thing I’d ever seen

 

It’s gaping mouth

Showed me lots of teeth

Threatening me to keep away

I followed it

To it’s hiding place

Hoping to see it catch some prey

 

A fish swam close

To where it waited

The moray nowhere to be seen

Then it attacked

Like a lightening flash

And nabbed him an angelfish queen

 

Looking back now

I’ll never forget

Watching a predator and prey

Such beauty there

But also danger

Will stick with me all of my days

Ocean Predator-The Shark

The predator moves through the water

Surveying the deep blue ocean

Searching for something juicy to eat

Consistently always in motion

 

With silvery skin and fins so sleek

He glides through the water sight unseen

Lurking in shadow and hiding in shade

His teeth are dangerous and they gleam

 

He’s spotted and striped, silver and gray

And shapes small to the size of a whale

He can smell the blood from miles away

And will get his victim without fail

 

With deadly might he will stalk the night

The king of the wide world of the sea

Respect him when you’re in the water

And make sure he stays brazen and free

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