Posted in Love Poetry

Standing Still 💮

Together, let’s stand still
in this present moment
instilled with the purity
that the white begonias enveloping us evoke.
And in this serene standstill,
let us see each other sans our eyes,
feel each other without our hands,
step into one another’s universes
without taking a single step.

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Posted in Love Poetry, Spiritual Poetry

Altared State

There’s an altar without
a Buddha statue, gemstones, or lit candles.
There are no chants bouncing off a wooden table.
There are no icons with gold-leafed backgrounds.

This altar is
two blue nebulas that,
instead of floating in space,
are housed in your eye sockets.
Peering into them brings me closer to The Cosmic Force
more than a Bible or traditional prayer at an actual altar ever can.

This altar is
the empty river bed my fingertips trace
south to north to south on your back.
It’s an altered state,
where you and I merged
is the only reality that paints
my sweaty naked body.

I was atheist until I met you.
I now find myself worshipping you
during each and every
breath
and the silence between them.

 

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Posted in Haiku Poetry

White Flames (senryu)

Posted in Love Poetry

I Remember (poem) 💙

By being with you,
I forget fear,
Forget about the black oceans
that chase after my breath and jubilant emotions,
About the black hole that demands my soul,
The inner critic that only spews bitter winter,
Storm clouds that stalk me like blood hounds,
Thorn bushes that beg for me to worship them,
adorn my heart with them.
Tidal waves whose shadows darken my days.

By being with you,
I remember the innermost me,
The sunbeam me,
The celestial succubus me,
The self that is a living heaven despite Hell’s persistent spell.

I remember that I’m not those dying embers;
I’m the blue hue in a growing fire.

I now know that we don’t fall in love, we soar.
The only direction you take me is
higher and higher.
In rediscovering my inner peace
through you,
I forgot my 28-year inner war.

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Posted in Promoting Books, Promoting Poets & Artists

📖INTERVIEW: “7 and a Crescent” by Keith Howze II🌙

0001__EditedA book of short poems expressing deep moments, written in a simple and touching style, to bring moments of calm and reflection into your busy day.

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Hello there, Keith! I’m thrilled to be chatting with you on this fine spring day. Thanks for taking the time to talk for a bit. I’m interested in hearing about your inspiration for 7 and a Cresent.

Throughout my existence I have suffered and endured just as anyone else has the capacity to do so. In this book, you find a clear exemplification of growth, indefatigable perseverance, and the development of irrefutable love for myself as well as others.

That sounds immensely beautiful and poignant. When did that creating writing spark first enter your life?

I’ve been writing creatively since the 3rd grade. During my time as a foster child, I was approached by a Native American poetry teacher that taught me how to use my words to tear down the walls around me. He gave me freedom. The freedom to depart from the facts of a matter or from the conventional rules of language when speaking or writing in order to create an effect, specifically.

It’s educators like that that really transform academia as we know it. What an empowering experience that must’ve been. What are some central themes in this collection of poetry?

Self-love and progressive ruminations of enlightenment and altruism.

Again, how immensely beautiful! What are some of your major influences?

Love and misery as vast and ephemeral as the ocean.

Wonderful answer! Quite poetic, too. So, what about your poetry-writing process?

I strive consistently to be an eclectic writer and artist. In that, my process is always changing, subsequently providing me with room to grow and apply new concepts, ideas, and techniques. Writing while on a train or boat fills me with the most joy.

Brilliantly put! And writing on a train or boat would be amazing. Are there any concluding thoughts you’d like to share with anyone who’s reading this?

Thinking is recognizing causes and that is the only way in which sensations become insight. Meaning and reality aren’t somewhere beyond things, they are in them. In everything.

Such powerful words! This interview has certainly been both enlightening and inspiring. Thanks again, Keith!


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