<![CDATA[Michael Allyn Wells - Poet Home Website - Poet Notes]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2023 04:28:04 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Crestfallen and It's Only Tuesday]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2023 23:27:17 GMThttp://michaelwells.ink/poet-notes/crestfallen-and-its-only-tuesday
I'm a bit crestfallen today.  I went to enroll for summer semester classes hoping for two and was only able to make my schedule work for one. 

So Cultural Anthropology it is. Which is cool because that one I really wanted. Losing out was Introduction to Literature, Introduction to International Relations, Meteorology, Fundamentals of Music and lastly, Urban Politics and Policy.

i did two classes last semester on the shortened schedule and i felt two in the spring semester would be easier. I will get over it. Maybe... 

#CulturalAnthropology #SpringSemester

<![CDATA[Next Time I Think I Will Quit Writing¬† - Note to Myself]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2023 01:08:18 GMThttp://michaelwells.ink/poet-notes/next-time-i-think-i-will-quit-writing-note-to-myselfThere are times I have been exhausted, or frustrated, or both and have contemplated collecting all my pens and pads and sitting them aside and just stopping this thing called writing. It has some years happened that I reach such a point two or three times. But I never have.  I can’t tell you what has stopped this process from proceeding to the box point, but it is probably something in my internal system that ultimately throws up a block.
People have spoken of writing in the context of breathing. They can’t live without it. Maybe there is an internal mode that throws up a stop sign when I get in this kind situation and will simply not allow me to shut down.
So, I thought this would be a good point in time to list a few reasons that I have to write as I move into the new year. So, here is my list:
  • I write for the future. I write for immortality.
  • I write for the past.
  • I write for the present – I write for witness of things that should be remembered and understood.
  • I write for the inner child in me.
  • I write for people who have no voice.
  • I write for those who have had their stories quitted from governments, from insensitive or hateful people. From those who practice hate for those of difference from themselves. race, religion, nationality, sexual identity, gender, etc.
  • I write for myself. Yes, myself.
  • I write because of teachers.
  • I write for love; I write because of love.
  • I write for God – sometimes of curiosity, sometimes of questions. Sometimes of praise.
  • I write for my family; I write for my grandmother who I was very close to.
  • I write for peace.
  • I write about war.
  • I write for music.
  • I write for pets.


<![CDATA[Today's Thought]]>Mon, 26 Dec 2022 01:47:54 GMThttp://michaelwells.ink/poet-notes/todays-thoughtIf this day should be longer, I would have to ask it to wait until you came back into the picture.  Such absence is far more than empty. It is more than the sum of zero. It is beneath the standards for minimal nutritional value. It lacks the substance for meaningful existence. 



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<![CDATA[Freewrite #5]]>Sun, 11 Dec 2022 23:39:07 GMThttp://michaelwells.ink/poet-notes/freewrite-5


The time is set and the day is long and the work is piled and the will is shallow.  The writing on the wall says the words of the prophets were plagiarized. People do care. People pay attention to the most minute details and find the discrepancies. 

Only the interpretation is what mean anything to them. The factors are encased in a magnificent array of cautionary tales. On cannot separate the abundance of hope from the dreadful reality that exists inside a sponge. The chemistry, the physical manifestation of atoms altering one another are just too much. 

I am sad tonight. I will be sad tomorrow. I have been sad before and yet I am helpless to abate it. I cannot explain what I cannot explain no matter how many times is is asked and in what new way. Call it a disease if you must.  Call it a curse. 
Call it at supper time to come and eat.

I lack the capacity not not. carry two burdens. It is not easy. It is not what I asked for. But it is real. The conventional wisdom is contrary to that. The truth is a note spike that assailed my hand with the last memo that said I'm sorry. 

It is useless to pretend. I have pretended and the truth is heads and the coin lands on heads most of the time. I am not a Fulbright scholar. I can tell you that  the head of a pin is no place for dreams. I can tell you that people are all deserving of liberty, though far too few have it. 

I wrangle here with a heart beat and a feeling that. I am missing something. Maybe you have it. Maybe you don't.  I can't be certain but my time is up. 

<![CDATA[Freewrite #4]]>Mon, 05 Dec 2022 03:28:58 GMThttp://michaelwells.ink/poet-notes/freewrite-4
  Twitter is a poor dying bird. Realistically it should live but for one fact, The Trump alter ego. He has pierced it's heart with an acronym.  It will fall from it's purch like a drunken sailor. Who will mourn the death of the blue bird? 

​Sometimes something reflects in a water puddle and it looks like charred bacon. That's how they make bacon bits. You can also make them from the blackened toes of the twitter bird. No, it's not very appetizing.  

​The saint and the sinner were in deep conversation. A Pharisee passed by and curtseed. On to convenience  store he went to buy smokeless tobacco. It was a nasty habit, not the purchase but what he did with it. 

​Rain is forecast for last week but that can't be right. That would make it pastcast. I don't have the energy to argue the point, It will only bloom then wilt on the stem and what good is that?

The mention of Jazz gets mixed reviews. What is that Muskrat tweeting today? Someone needs to change his diapers before he gets it everywhere. The fact is, we have written all the best stories and now we have to write sequels. I have a sequined jacket I put on for such occasions. Are there any occasions you care to bring up?

Seeing no hands, I will continue and we will not pass out gloves. Bright rays of butter are coming down from above. Where is the popcorn? Where is the lard? Where have all the flowers gone?  When will we learn. Who can we teach. Someone get the Muskrat. We can teach him a thing or two. 

The side walk is covered in words written in chalk. Oh look, they are vulgar sayings; quotes from the Muskrat. Why does he have to devalue everything.  I must get off this cycle and find a new detergent. No one can can save us from ourselves. 


<![CDATA[November 11th, 2022  Weekend Free Write #3]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2022 15:32:51 GMThttp://michaelwells.ink/poet-notes/november-11th-2022

Misconceptions aside, please understand that  I am unsure about much.  Please understand at least more than I do. There is a lot of talk about the gates of hell. There is also a lot of talk about the gatekeepers of art, music, poetry. 

Who has that job?  I want to give the gatekeepers a piece of my mind. Oh wait, I have done that with the poetry gatekeepers. They turn their nose up at me more often than they throw me bread crumbs.

​Will the  trail to success have bread crumbs? Will the fortunes languish in a swamp of our own making?  The songs of yesterday are still with us today, mostly.  The blonde standing by the water cooler has had nothing to say all morning. I think she is there to spy on others. She will likely report to the boss tonight after hours. Their arrangement could be considered unique, but  is probably not.

​Like Bossa Nova that gal. moves and  I can't take my eyes off her. The Drummer is mad about his the bounce he gets on his skin. His sticks never have time to stick to the drum skin. His beat is a whole movement that you can't deny. 

I await word from my lover. It's long overdue. It's like a voice lost in the forest. Raspy replies, na-na-naaa.
​Harmonica and flute tangle in the air. There is nothing more to say. just listen. Shhh...  Quiet. It's just a shame people aren't listening. I'm mostly tired of no one paying attention. I know the economy sucks but please try and buy yourself a little attention.