“Paul’s Poetic Platform” Series Introduction

“The grass so green
Skies so blue
Spectre is really great!”
—Norther Winslow, Poet Laureate of Spectre, Alabama, in Big Fish (2003)

This quirky quote from one of my favorite movies is a disclaimer: I do not claim to be a “poet laureate,” nor do I claim to have been working on these poems for 12 years! I’m simply a wordsmith taking on a self-imposed challenge to express more ideas with fewer words in this year’s 10-part poetic series (a first in my 29 years of monthly columns). I’ll cover a wide variety of general and personal topics in an attempt to offer insights, blessings, and inspiration as I model trying new things in this era of widespread societal and personal changes. I may employ different styles, with the cohesion of acrostic, one-word rhyming titles from A through J. —PRA


Two kinds of bound'ries exist in one's heart: One brings together, while one keeps apart."Put up your guard; reduce hurts unjust!"—But too much defensiveness disconnects trust.The delicate balance—"Build walls or let in?"—Makes all the difference in friendships and…

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