Friday, July 26, 2019

#119 Backstory of the Poem "IN REMEMBRANCE OF THEM" by Janet Renee Cryer



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#119 Backstory of the Poem: 
 “In Remembrance of Them” by Janet Renee Cryer

Can you go through the step-by-step process of writing this poem from the moment the idea was first conceived in your brain until final form? When I write a poem, it just comes to me. There isn't a planning or thought session when I write. The only time I had that is when I taught a poetry class. It was the hardest writing I did because it was structured. My work is typically not structured. Something random will pop in my head. Then I will sit down to write. When the thought has completely dissipated, the poem ends.

Where were you when you started to actually write the poem? And please describe the place in great detail. I was sitting in the living room watching t.v.  My friend had asked me to write a piece for their reunion. I didn't write this piece for months after she asked me. Then a random commercial, I couldn't even tell you what it was came on and I remembered I had to write a piece for my friend. I messaged her to make sure it hadn't been too late. Most of our school reunions happen in September and it was already like June the next year. I just remember it was cold because my husband keeps the a.c. on full blast. I was sitting in my huge leather recliner with a blanket covering me. It is a Mexican blanket my father brought back from a missionary trip. I cuddle in it year round. It is yellow based with brown stripes vertical and horizontal.

What month and year did you start writing this poem? I believe it was June but could have been May.  June 2018
How many drafts of this poem did you write before going to the final? (And can you share a photograph of your rough drafts with pen markings on it?) This was a poem I wrote on my phone. Sometimes I don't always have a pen and paper so I write on my phone. Actually, until I got a new notebook, I have been writing on my cell more than on paper. I did one rough draft and normally I don't do any. The reason being, my spirit knows exactly what message I need to write. The only reason, I would have to do a rewrite would be for grammatical purposes. 
Were there any lines in any of your rough drafts of this poem that were not in the final version? And can you share them with us? The word Keep was removed but outside that, no.

What do you want readers of this poem to take from this poem?
This poem was about classmates that have passed on. That no matter if the classmates are here in life or passed on a piece of them will always remain. Not to forget that each of us that walk the halls of the school leaves a bit of us there.

Which part of the poem was the most emotional of you to write and why? All of it was. Even though I was writing for the class that graduated prior to us, I was remembering our classmates that passed on and it was not too long after my father passed, so it brought me back to him as well. I was nearly crying by the time this was completed. We have lost too many people too early in life. I really didn't want to write this piece but I always tell my friends if they need me to write for them, I will. So I did. I was one of the first piece I wrote since my father's passing two years prior. 

Has this poem been published before? And if so where? No, it hasn't. I was waiting to post it on fbk until after the high school reunion. It was to take place in June 2019 but there was a hiccup in the plans. So they had to postpone it.

Anything you would like to add? Don't let the world boss you. You have to be true to yourself. If you aren't you are going to block all the blessings you can and will receive. Though I don't write as often as I formerly did, it doesn't mean I am not a write/poet/author. God gave me this gift to share and love all. God loves you and so do I!!

In Remembrance of Them...


As we walked down the aisle of graduation,
We have no idea where of what we will be doing next,
Dreams of doctors, football players, and teachers are on our mind,
Making sure we made the grade,
Working every summer to save our coins.
One thing we don't plan on in our early life,
We don't foresee death before retirement,
Yet it happens,
We have already lost so many,
Though they are still here,
Some in our hearts,
Some in our memories,
But a piece of every student continues to walk the halls,
The Eagle guides us into our next dimension,
Whether it is continuing our life long dreams,
Our souls taking an early rest,
Or just taking a vacation before the next step,
So as we look around us,
Seeing seats that are no longer filled with bodies,
Those that are no longer with us in the flesh,
Will always be with us in mind and soul,
Just remember their smiles,
Our laughter,
Our tears,
Cheering for the next win,
Hugging because we struggled,
We all have a destiny,
Theirs have already been fulfilled,
So lets keep take a moment,
Remember all as we gathered again,
No matter what happens,
We all will be flying on the wings and prayers,
Today, we have smiles,
Tonight, there will be no more tears.

     Though on stage and social media you know me as Starr Poetress, I am Janet Renee Cryer. Long time and poetic friends call me Starr but that is slowly changing to back to Renee. This is about me, the President of Growth of The Poets Without Limits Magazine here I go: I am a Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, and published author. You can find me on Amazon.com, Broken Bars Publishing, Lulu.com for independent books, and in multiple anthologies via Inner Child Press and other publishing houses.  I welcome friends since I never met a stranger. I was, formerly, the senior editor for other editorials in Oklahoma.  I pray you have a blessed day and don't forget to write from the soul, that is where our muse speaks to us from... JRC
Poetress@rocketmail.com 
On Instagram:  starrsky55


BACKSTORY OF THE POEM LINKS

001  December 29, 2017
Margo Berdeshevksy’s “12-24”

002  January 08, 2018
Alexis Rhone Fancher’s “82 Miles From the Beach, We Order The Lobster At Clear Lake CafĂ©”

003 January 12, 2018
Barbara Crooker’s “Orange”

004 January 22, 2018
Sonia Saikaley’s “Modern Matsushima”

005 January 29, 2018
Ellen Foos’s “Side Yard”

006 February 03, 2018
Susan Sundwall’s “The Ringmaster”

007 February 09, 2018
Leslea Newman’s “That Night”

008 February 17, 2018
Alexis Rhone Fancher “June Fairchild Isn’t Dead”

009 February 24, 2018
Charles Clifford Brooks III “The Gift of the Year With Granny”

010 March 03, 2018
Scott Thomas Outlar’s “The Natural Reflection of Your Palms”

011 March 10, 2018
Anya Francesca Jenkins’s “After Diane Beatty’s Photograph “History Abandoned”

012  March 17, 2018
Angela Narciso Torres’s “What I Learned This Week”

013 March 24, 2018
Jan Steckel’s “Holiday On ICE”

014 March 31, 2018
Ibrahim Honjo’s “Colors”

015 April 14, 2018
Marilyn Kallett’s “Ode to Disappointment”

016  April 27, 2018
Beth Copeland’s “Reliquary”

017  May 12, 2018
Marlon L Fick’s “The Swallows of Barcelona”

018  May 25, 2018
Juliet Cook’s “ARTERIAL DISCOMBOBULATION”

019  June 09, 2018
Alexis Rhone Fancher’s “Stiletto Killer. . . A Surmise”

020 June 16, 2018
Charles Rammelkamp’s “At Last I Can Start Suffering”

021  July 05, 2018
Marla Shaw O’Neill’s “Wind Chimes”

022 July 13, 2018
Julia Gordon-Bramer’s “Studying Ariel”

023 July 20, 2018
Bill Yarrow’s “Jesus Zombie”

024  July 27, 2018
Telaina Eriksen’s “Brag 2016”

025  August 01, 2018
Seth Berg’s “It is only Yourself that Bends – so Wake up!”

026  August 07, 2018
David Herrle’s “Devil In the Details”

027  August 13, 2018
Gloria Mindock’s “Carmen Polo, Lady Necklaces, 2017”

028  August 21, 2018
Connie Post’s “Two Deaths”

029  August 30, 2018
Mary Harwell Sayler’s “Faces in a Crowd”

030 September 16, 2018
Larry Jaffe’s “The Risking Point”

031  September 24, 2018
Mark Lee Webb’s “After We Drove”

032  October 04, 2018
Melissa Studdard’s “Astral”

033 October 13, 2018
Robert Craven’s “I Have A Bass Guitar Called Vanessa”

034  October 17, 2018
David Sullivan’s “Paper Mache Peaches of Heaven”

035 October 23, 2018
Timothy Gager’s “Sobriety”

036  October 30, 2018
Gary Glauber’s “The Second Breakfast”

037  November 04, 2018
Heather Forbes-McKeon’s “Melania’s Deaf Tone Jacket”

038 November 11, 2018
Andrena Zawinski’s “Women of the Fields”

039  November 00, 2018
Gordon Hilger’s “Poe”

040 November 16, 2018
Rita Quillen’s “My Children Question Me About Poetry” and “Deathbed Dreams”

041 November 20, 2018
Jonathan Kevin Rice’s “Dog Sitting”

042 November 22, 2018
Haroldo Barbosa Filho’s “Mountain”

043  November 27, 2018
Megan Merchant’s “Grief Flowers”

044 November 30, 2018
Jonathan P Taylor’s “This poem is too neat”

045  December 03, 2018
Ian Haight’s “Sungmyo for our Dead Father-in-Law”

046 December 06, 2018
Nancy Dafoe’s “Poem in the Throat”

047 December 11, 2018
Jeffrey Pearson’s “Memorial Day”

048  December 14, 2018
Frank Paino’s “Laika”

049  December 15, 2018
Jennifer Martelli’s “Anniversary”

O50  December 19, 2018
Joseph Ross’s For Gilberto Ramos, 15, Who Died in the Texas Desert, June 2014”

051 December 23, 2018
“The Persistence of Music”
by Anatoly Molotkov

052  December 27, 2018
“Under Surveillance”
by Michael Farry

053  December 28, 2018
“Grand Finale”
by Renuka Raghavan

054  December 29, 2018
“Aftermath”
by Gene Barry

055 January 2, 2019
“&”
by Larissa Shmailo

056  January 7, 2019
“The Seamstress:
by Len Kuntz

057  January 10, 2019
"Natural History"
by Camille T Dungy


058  January 11, 2019
“BLOCKADE”
by Brian Burmeister

059  January 12, 2019
“Lost”
by Clint Margrave

060 January 14, 2019
“Menopause”
by Pat Durmon

061 January 19, 2019
“Neptune’s Choir”
by Linda Imbler

062  January 22, 2019
“Views From the Driveway”
by Amy Barone

063  January 25, 2019
“The heron leaves her haunts in the marsh”
by Gail Wronsky

064  January 30, 2019
“Shiprock”
by Terry Lucas

065 February 02, 2019
“Summer 1970, The University of Virginia Opens to Women in the Fall”
by Alarie Tennille

066 February 05, 2019
“At School They Learn Nouns”
by Patrick Bizzaro

067  February 06, 2019
“I Must Not Breathe”
by Angela Jackson-Brown

068 February 11, 2019
“Lunch on City Island, Early June”
by Christine Potter

069 February 12, 2019
“Singing”
by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

070 February 14, 2019
“Daily Commute”
by Christopher P. Locke

071 February 18, 2019
“How Silent The Trees”
by Wyn Cooper


072 February 20, 2019
“A New Psalm of Montreal”
by Sheenagh Pugh

073 February 23, 2019
“Make Me A Butterfly”
by Amy Barbera

074 February 26, 2019
“Anthem”
by Sandy Coomer

075 March 4, 2019
“Shape of a Violin”
by Kelly Powell

076 March 5, 2019
“Inward Oracle”
by J.P. Dancing Bear

077 March 7, 2019
“I Broke My Bust Of Jesus”
by Susan Sundwall

078 March 9, 2019
“My Mother at 19”
by John Guzlowski

079 March 10, 2019
“Paddling”
by Chera Hammons Miller

080 March 12, 2019
“Of Water and Echo”
by Gillian Cummings

081   082   083    March 14, 2019
“Little Political Sense”   “Crossing Kansas with Jim
Morrison”  “The Land of Sky and Blue Waters”
by Dr. Lindsey Martin-Bowen

084 March 15, 2019
“A Tune To Remember”
by Anna Evans

085 March 19, 2019
“At the End of Time (Wish You Were Here)
by Jeannine Hall Gailey

086 March 20, 2019
“Garden of Gethsemane”
by Marletta Hemphill

087 March 21, 2019
“Letters From a War”
by Chelsea Dingman

088 March 26, 2019
“HAT”
by Bob Heman

089 March 27, 2019
“Clay for the Potter”
by Belinda Bourgeois

#090 March 30, 2019
“The Pose”
by John Hicks

#091 April 2, 2019
“Last Night at the Wursthaus”
by Doug Holder

#092 April 4, 2019
“Original Sin”
by Diane Lockward

#093 April 5, 2019
“A Father Calls to his child on liveleak”
by Stephen Byrne

#094 April 8, 2019
“XX”
by Marc Zegans

#095 April 12, 2019
“Landscape and Still Life”
by Marjorie Maddox

#096 April 16, 2019
“Strawberries Have Been Growing Here for Hundreds of
Years”
by Mary Ellen Lough

#097 April 17, 2019
“The New Science of Slippery Surfaces”
by Donna Spruijt-Metz

#098 April 19, 2019
“Tennessee Epithalamium”
by Alyse Knorr

#099 April 20, 2019
“Mermaid, 1969”
by Tameca L. Coleman

#100 April 21, 2019
“How Do You Know?”
by Stephanie

#101 April 23, 2019
“Rare Book and Reader”
by Ned Balbo

#102 April 26, 2019
“THUNDER”
by Jefferson Carter

#103 May 01, 2019
“The sight of a million angels”
by Jenneth Graser

#104 May 09, 2019
“How to tell my dog I’m dying”
by Richard Fox

#105 May 17, 2019
“Promises Had Been Made”
by Sarah Sarai

#106 June 01, 2019
“i sold your car today”
by Pamela Twining

#107 June 02, 2019
“Abandoned Stable”
by Nancy Susanna Breen

#108 June 05, 2019
“Cupcake”
by Julene Tripp Weaver

#109 June 6, 2019
“Bobby’s Story”
by Jimmy Pappas

#110 June 10, 2019
“When You Ask Me to Tell You About My Father”
by Pauletta Hansel

#111 Backstory of the Poem’s
“Cemetery Mailbox”
by Jennifer Horne

#112 Backstory of the Poem’s
“Relics”
by Kate Peper

#113 Backstory of the Poem’s
“Q”
by Jennifer Johnson

#114 Backstory of the Poem’s
“Brushing My Hair”
by Tammika Dorsey Jones

#115 Backstory of the Poem
“Because the Birds Will Survive, Too”
by Katherine Riegel

#116 Backstory of the Poem
“DIVORCE”
by Joan Barasovska

#117 Backstory of the Poem
“NEW YEAR”S EVE 2016”
by Michael Meyerhofer

#118 Backstory of the Poem
“Dear the estranged,”
by Gina Tron

#119 Backstory of the Poem
“In Remembrance of Them”
by Janet Renee Cryer
http://chrisricecooper.blogspot.com/2019/07/119-backstory-of-poem-in-remembrance-of.html

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