My previous blog post Love Letters to Ghosts got the least amount of views and comments out of all the posts I've ever written. It might have had something to do with the bland title. It definitely had to do with the unappealing subject matter.
On second thought, the title is not bland.....
Many people are frightened by the subject of poetry and tend to run in the opposite direction when confronted with it. Others become bewildered and simply don't know what to say.
And I'm sure some people have intensely odious flashbacks of being forced to read Byron when they were in high school.
I'm inclined to suggest the idea of having naked poetry readings. With free wine. No nudity on the part of the poet. Only naked audiences.
I only added Hot Naked Poetry in my current blog title as a cheap ploy to see if it would generate more interest.
Don't forget my poetry book on Amazon. The Look Inside preview has finally been activated.
I'm now going to answer the eleven questions that Myra has submitted in her most recent blog post. Here's the link:
I love answering questions, as long as they're not annoyingly personal.
These are the kinds of questions I hate:
How old are you?
Rumors that I was at Appomattox during General Lee's surrender are greatly exaggerated. I was, in fact, in Richmond.
Are you gay?
Let's have a few drinks tonight and we'll find out.
Have you ever killed anyone?
I'm considering it.
Here are Myra's eleven questions:
1. If you could have chosen your own first name, what would it be?
That's a tough one because I'm never satisfied and would always regret whatever I had chosen. One thing is certain, I NEVER wanted to be a "junior" - especially since I loathed my father. When I got out of high school I legally changed my name from John Jr. to Jonathan.
My mother wanted to name me Paul - - heaven knows why. Possibly for the Apostle Paul?? I think my maternal grandfather had a brother named Paul.
How about Branwell? Or the Hungarian Zoltan?
2. Everyone's heard of "The Apprentice." If you could apprentice under anyone in the world for one year, who would that be?
Strangely enough, there isn't anyone with whom I'd want to be an apprentice. I'm too independent. And stubborn.
3. What is one vacation destination that many people think is just fab, but which you have no desire to visit (or re-visit)?
I am tired of hearing incessant, nauseating raves about Hawaii. I'm not a tropical-type person. I loathe hula, poi, and leis. Besides, I'm scared of islands and volcanoes.
4. Considering all the big-screen movies you've ever seen, which one do you believe has had the greatest emotional impact on you?
Wow, I'm a passionate movie lover and have been emotionally charged by many of them. I think some of the ones that I saw at an early age (early teens) impacted me the most. I was profoundly moved by The Pawnbroker, The Virgin Spring, Two Women, Ballad of a Soldier (a Russian film), Zita (a French film), and...believe it or not....The Bad Seed. There are many others.
5. If you were to rank the four seasons - as you know them - in order of your favorite to your least favorite, how would the seasons be ranked?
As a child I loved summer. Now I dislike it. Next to winter - - which I despise.
I love the transitional seasons, autumn and spring.
Autumn is my absolute favorite season. I have an autumnal soul
6. What song has the power to bring you to tears faster than any other?
I can immediately think of two - The Beautiful Isle of Somewhere and the hymn entitled He (He Can Turn the Tides).
7. If you could have any view in the world visible from your bed, what would it be?
Impossible to decide. Hey, how about the Grand Canyon?
8. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be?
The scent of Gardenias. And perhaps sandalwood after-shave.
9. If you had to pick the TV personality you were most in love with as a kid, who would it be?
I was crazy about Popeye cartoons. In retrospect, good Gawd - I have no idea why.
10. If were were to have 3 new baby daughters, what would you name them?
Kyra, Mariah, Sasha
....don't ask why....it's all I could come up with....
11. In terms of the actual time (e.g., 5:00PM) what is generally your favorite time of the day?
Midnight - - the end of one day, the beginning of another....the witching hour, a time of peace, solitude, dreams.
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A new post on my photo blog
HOLLYWOOD, IN COLOR