Story poems are poems that tell a story in rhythm and rhyme. It is a straightforward, folk-friendly kind of writing without vague allusions to some other writings or with fanciful language that leaves a person wondering what the whole thing was all about. This book contains four different sections: (1) the deeper and more serious poems, (2) just for the fun of it poems, (3) cowboy poetry, and (4) word painting. A student once wrote about the trip from Oklahoma to California on Route 66, telling about, among other things, dirty diapers strewn along the road. The instructor advised her that it would be more poetic to describe it as bits of white cotton dotting the landscape. What? Did they not pick all the cotton in the field? No wonder people dont like poetry. I like a clever use of words, but I am not fond of obtuse and rambling descriptions of people or landscapes. I tell a story with what I fondly believe has a humorous twist or has interesting action. I write the kind of stuff that I enjoy reading and that I hope others will enjoy also.
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About the Author
Retired from teaching, I now live in a mobile home in a country park near a small town in northern California. In my eight and a half decades, I have herded cattle on horseback, herded goats on foot, raised organic vegetables, coached baseball and basketball teams, loved and lost, been a nanny for two children and a care giver for the elderly plus a few other things too humorous to mention. Through it all, I have been a writer==always a writer. At eleven, I decided to run away from home. I packed my most precious items: two books, a pad of paper and two pencils. I didn't know where I was going, but I knew what I was going to do. I am still writing because that's what I do.