THE MORE THINGS CHANGE…

Welcome to CODYMCCULLOUGHWRITES.COM. Seven years ago, I started blogging under the title: THE PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE. Things have changed since then. Today is proof of that. One thing I have learned in life, though, is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I think someone wise said that a long time ago. Whoever it was, they couldn’t have been more correct.

Within the month, I will be publishing an updated version of THE PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE. While it maintains the integrity and authenticity of the original work, it also embraces change. As soon as it becomes available for purchase, I will post a link. In the meantime, feel free to view the information about it on my website.

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now i know

i used to believe
in luck
i used to believe
in superstition
now i know
there’s only metaphor

i used to believe
in politics
i used to believe
in government
now i know
there’s only metaphor

i used to believe
in god
i used to believe
in religion
now i know
there’s only metaphor

i used to believe
in war
i used to believe
in patriotism
now i know
there’s only metaphor

i used to believe
in us
i used to believe
in humanity
now i  know
there’s only me

i used to believe
in the past
i used be believe
in the future
now i know
there’s only the present

abstract alphabet arrangement away

Coming Full Circle

   When the journey concludes, time begins anew and you find yourself right back where you began.  With the exception of time and perspective, of course.  Followers of my blog may have noticed that the photo for “The Journey Begins…” and “The Journey Concludes…” are taken from the same location, a shrine in Japan.  “The Journey Begins…” photo is taken as one looks out from the shrine; while “The Journey Concludes…” photo is taken as one arrives back at the shrine and looks inward.  This symbolizes the journey coming full circle, or the end of The Past, Present, and Future.

   Sometimes, though, life grants you a reprieve.  A second chance to pursue the journey, only with a glimpse of truth in your back pocket.  Such a chance, could only be described as A New Beginning…  Writing a story that deals with such a theme, though, is a journey unto itself.  So, it came as no surprise that writing A New Beginning… has come with many twists and turns.

   As I have mentioned before, much of my writing comes from the dark cave in my mind.  One day, as I lit a torch and headed into the cave, I saw a mark left by a certain “Joe” that pointed in a different direction.  That mark, though, led away from the task at hand.  What’s a writer to do when they find themselves in such a conundrum?  Fortunately for me, one of the major themes that I’ve been writing about is time.  Having thought about time a great deal, in order to master its essence in my writing, I knew that it was on my side.  With the warm light of my torch shining down upon the mark, I examined it thoroughly.  Understanding my new path, I then slid through the damp cave walls on my journey to a new destination.  When I arrived, I found 23 lost poems: The poems that time forgot.  I also found my lost influences there.

   In the days that followed, I lugged each poem out of the dark cave and brought each to life.  After finishing the last poem, I realized that I had found the lost treasure in my mind.  The missing piece of the The Past, Present, and Future.  I had just completed the “Lost in Time” collection.  The final, and previously missing, piece of The Past, Present, and Future.  In the days that followed, I revised the original 70 poems and combined everything.  The entire “compilation,” as I like to call it, is now complete.

   With my poetry now whole, it is time to finish the book.  When that will come, I do not know.  After all, I have a new time line to introduce….   One thing that I do know, is that my lost influences still need to be lugged out of the dark cave.  There are three of them, but they’re not like the others.  No, they’re all together different.  I’ve lugged out a few parts, but each influence is a bit heavier than the previous lot.  I suppose, I’ll need more time to compose each.  A month should do.  I imagine the third day of the month would be as good a time as any to release each.  Please come back on 3/3, 4/3, and 5/3 for the unveiling of each.  After that, I suppose I’ll just have to let you know what I plan to do with my compilation.  Oh, I suppose you’ll want to know where I am at with A New Beginning… as well.  Barring anymore detours, I should make good progress between now and then.  That is, as long as I remember that time is on my side….

Poetic Influence No. 4: “All the World’s a Stage”

        William Shakespeare’s poetic monologue  “All the World’s a Stage” from As You Like It begins with two lines that practically everyone knows today.  Those lines, of course, are:

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players”.

        I only wish I could write such memorable lines.  Of course what most people probably don’t recall is that after those two timeless lines, Shakespeare moves into an extended metaphor about the seven stages of life.  He ends the final stage with “oblivion.”  In “The Past, Present, and Future,” I delve into the three stages of time and then close with “The End of Time;” my way of bringing a close to the whole concept.  Shakespeare weaves through the path of one’s life and closes it out in the end, and my poetry weaves through time and close time out in the end.  In my poem, though, I left a little wiggle room with this line: “In the end, I suppose we’ll never know.”  As far as we have come as a species, there is still so much we just don’t know.  As a matter of fact, scientifically speaking there is much more that we don’t know than we know.  According to some estimates, 23% of the mass of the Universe is invisible, 73% of the mass of the Universe is dark energy, and the other four percent is in the atoms that make up you and me, the stars, planets, and everything else we can see.  Oh yeah, did I mention that the four percent is the stuff that we know and understand.  Anyway, I think you get the idea.  The more you know, the less you know….  That of course brings us right back to where we began, as merely players on a stage.

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Photo by Elizabeth McCullough