“Koto no Yume” published at MasticadoresIndia

I’m honored and humbled to share with you that my poem “Koto no Yume” has been published at MasticadoresIndia. This is the fulfillment of a life-long dream for me—to be a published writer—and I’m deeply grateful to Terveen Gill for her unwavering support and encouragement. Thank you, Terveen, and everyone at MasticadoresIndia, for your kindness in making this happen.

“Koto no Yume”

In dreamland forests of my soul I hear
What deafened ears in waking cannot know
A yearning in konara groves
That lilts in silent soft-edged shadows calls

The stream conversing with the hart has hushed
Its liquid-silver voice now mute…

I’d be delighted if you would check out the rest of my poem here. Also, be sure to follow/subscribe to MasticadoresIndia–it’s a wonderful place for those who love writing.

96 thoughts on ““Koto no Yume” published at MasticadoresIndia

    1. Many thanks. Nancy. It’s a long time coming. I received many rejections for my short fiction in my twenties and then gave up writing for twenty years, so this is particularly sweet for me. I appreciate your kind word so much! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Terveen. This wouldn’t have come to pass without you. I’m equally thankful and honored to count you as a friend. More dreams ahead? That sounds like a plan! Thank you so much! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, my friend! You’ve been such an enthusiastic supporter and I value your friendship so much. Some day, I hope to have my own poetry collection published in book form. I’m extremely proud of you for achieving your book dream. Thank you for your constant encouragement. I appreciate you so much. 🙂

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      1. You’re most welcome, Mike! Aww.. I value yours as well and I’m sure you will and I am rooting for you. Thank you so much, you’ve also been a constant support to me and a very huge inspiration. I appreciate you as well my friend. 😊😊🤗🤗

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  1. I’m so pleased to know this great news, dear Mike.. My heartfelt Congratulations to you 🙂 you made my day by this good news 💕 your work is amazing and it deserves to be published .. i wish you a lot more, dear Mike.
    And for sure, many thanks to that amazing person too, you mentioned in your post, ” Terveen Gill”.
    Let me read your beautiful poem now🙂

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    1. Thank you, Saima, for such a warm and delightful comment. It’s a happy moment for me, for sure, and I’m glad to know it was for you as well! I appreciate your kindness and encouragement as always.. And yes, Terveen Gill is a wonderful person to make this happen, so many thanks to her as well. I hope you enjoyed the poem. 🙂

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  2. I did, dear Mike🙂 it is as beautiful as always..💕 your work has a better standard, keep writing Mike.. i love reading your posts, and i’m sure other people too.. your work has depth, standard, eloquence, better observation, philosophy, purity, truth.. and the beauty that talks directly to soul..
    Yes, it is a great moment for me too dear Mike 🙂
    By the way, nice photo too👍😉

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    1. Thanks so much, Peggy. I’ve had that dream since I was about 15 years old. I had a bunch of rejected short fiction when I was in my twenties, then gave up and stopped writing for twenty years. Then 2012 came along and that’s when poetry got its hooks in me, and I found my voice at last. I owe Terveen Gill a debt I can never repay. I’m so grateful to her for this opportunity. And I appreciate YOU and your constant support and encouragement, too. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks, Diana. I’ve always valued your appraisals of my work, and I sincerely hope a book is in my future. One step at a time, I suppose, and I’m so grateful to Terveen Gill for this opportunity to realize that first step. Thanks so much for your kindness and encouragement. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much. This means a lot to me. I’m struggling as of late (depression) and haven’t written anything in a month, but I hope to get back in the swing of things soon. Thank you for your always kind support. Much appreciated. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for thinking of me. It’s been a difficult past month. Depression has been a constant, unsavory companion of mine for as long as I can remember, and it really wrecks inspiration, creative thinking and motivation. Just this solid wall blocking everything, you know? I knew when I began my blog a year ago this would likely occur, and I was dreading it. But I don’t want to give up on the blogging. I really enjoy it when it’s flowing, and I like the community. I’ve come across some wonderful people here (like you) who bring light into my life, and it helps. So, I just have to let this run its course and hopefully the words will return soon. I really appreciate your kindness. Thanks so much for your concern. 🙂

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  3. MANY congratulations! It’s a real boost to feel like people are listening to your work – it definitely makes you write more, and write better. I’m really happy that you feel you’ve achieved a dream! Hopefully your photos will also make it to publication!

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    1. Thank you so much. It was a thrill, to be sure, and I hope it’s not only one. I’m in a massive slump at the moment, a weird occurrence since I thought this would really spur me to write up a storm. But, I’m well acquainted with those fallow fields of the soul and I know I just have to let this run its course. The words will come again, eventually. Once again, I appreciate your kindness so much. Thanks for a wonderful comment and such strident support. 🙂

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      1. How strange – I’ve been in a massive slump too. I’ve been trying to get a novel started, a project that I’m really passionate about, and thought would just come out really easily once I’d cleared the space to get started. And it’s just not bloody happening, which is maddening. I’m putting it down to social isolation – even the most retiring of us will eventually run dry without any kind of contact with likeminded souls. I’ve actually signed up for the dreaded NaNoWriMo just to be part of something – it’s probably going to drive me nuts, but tonight at least I’m trying to feel optimistic about it.

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    2. Sorry to hear about your slump. I agree with the social isolation bit. I’m extremely reclusive now (have been most of my life) and it’s true that some sort of social interaction with other humans is necessary for inspiration. I end up relying on memories for my writing since I never hang out with anyone, and that limits me to a finite set of experiences. For a novelist, I can only imagine the difficulties one would encounter, especially with dialogue, if isolated for an extended period. When I was young and writing short fiction, I thought dialogue was one of my strongest points. Now? I have no clue how people talk to one another anymore due to deafness and isolation, so that’s a big reason I gave up on fiction. At least in poetry, I don’t have to worry about coming up with authentic dialogue. I’m sending you my best wishes for a deluge o’ inspiration and a flash-flood o’ words very soon. I admire your writing so much.

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    1. Thanks so much, Xenia. I truly appreciate your kind support and encouragement. I’m doing all right, I suppose, if mired in a morass of wordlessness can be considered “all right.” 😀 Oh well. Writer’s block is a constant companion of mine: way too familiar and tends to hang around too long. Hopefully the words will return so I can get back to putting them on paper or screen again. Thanks again for your wonderful kindness. It means so much to me. I hope all is well with you and yours. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks for your kind words, and good to see you around again! I’ve visited your blog and left a comment on your amazing piece of poetry. Don’t worry–you’ll find success with your writing. Your poetry comes from the heart and is so powerful. I’m a big fan. Don’t give up hope–keep writing, keep exploring the depths of your heart and soul, and keep sharing it with the world. You’re a talented poet. 🙂

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    2. The best way to contact me directly is via my Contact page here on my blog. Email is really all I use to communicate (I don’t even have a phone due to deafness). I suppose this makes me sort of a dinosaur as far as social media is concerned, but oh well… 😀

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