POETRY SPOTLIGHT: Jeffrey Gonell on Love

Hi, readers!  We have a real treat in store for you today, a poetry spotlight.  In these poetry spotlights today and in the future, we will be showcasing poetry by some very talented poets.  These poets have graced us with their presence.  

With us today is poet Jeffrey Gonell.  Here is a little taste of his poetry and his views on love.

No Matter How!

Everywhere I looked I saw endless opportunity, and chances of great prosperity.

Everyone claimed that my mind was engulfed in lunacy, always criticize me endlessly.

I ignored the status quote and pursued what I believed, and what my heart would see.

All alone I embarked on a mission to achieve, the things I perceived, deep inside of me.

I never had happiness, I have always lived through great pain.

I had to find joy in loneliness, because everyone said I was insane.

They laughed at my so called hopelessness, all of my life force they wished to drain.

They all hoped to grow the emptiness, of my life that I was forced to live in shame.

No matter what I did, I was always denied of opportunity.

No matter how hard I worked, I was always pushed away from my own prosperity.

It's not a wonder everyone claimed I lived in lunacy,

If they were the ones who imposed the pain in my life endlessly.

No matter how much I fought back, I was never good enough to reach my dreams.

No matter how much I straightened out my life, I was not allowed for success at anything it seems.

At one time I used to be afraid to fight back, at all of the attacks, on my personality.

When I did learn to fight back, at all of the attacks, I was considered to be on the path of insanity.

No matter how kind I was to those who hated me, I was still considered a villain.

No matter how much I tried to give love and receive it, I was rejected by both men and women.

So why live this life, if in this life, alone I must live, and alone I must die.

So why die living a pathetic life, if I could die right now, and die with pride.

No matter how kind I was, it did not matter to no one.

No matter how loving I was, I got rejected by everyone.

No matter how sad I was, it never mattered.

No matter how hurt I was, they laughed as my life ended and shattered.

No Matter How!

When I Give You a Rose

When I give you a rose, it means I wish to be with you for the rest of the day.

You are the one I chose, to hold in my arms as we joyfully play.

When I give you a rose, it means I need to kiss you and it's what I want to say.

I want to hold you close, next to you I desire to lay.

When I give you a rose, I am just trying to tell you that I just may,

Be crazy in love with those, lovely features which you always display.

When I give you a rose, I am asking for permission to walk your way,

To see if I can remove your clothes, everyday for this moment I pray.

I really cannot bare, to see you without me.

As I look at you and stare, I need you to be,

Willing to share, and willing to agree,

I do really care, about giving you my love openly and free.

When I give you a rose, it's real and not a joke.

My eyes let out tears as my face gets soaked.

When I give you a rose, it's because my heart can catch a stroke.

For it has much love to give you so please don't leave it broke.

My love can take you high up into the air, and sit you on a tree.

I really wish to fly you up there, give you love and give you joy as we,

Exchange something that is really rare, true happiness as we swim in our sea,

Of our precious moment and I do dare, to find out if you are willing to marry me.

When I give you a rose, it means I can see the smoke,

Of the essence and beauty of your aura I wish to invoke.

When I give you a rose, it means my heart spoke,

Trying to tell you it has much love for you that it desires to evoke.

When I Give You a Rose!

I Wish To

I wish to stay, if you may, forever in your daze.

I wish to say, that I pray, to remain in your craze.

I wish to play, for you truly amaze, and have my heart ablaze.

I wish to lay, with you all day, and forever stay this way.

I wish to pay, the long way, to your heart with my soul without delay.

I wish to raise, the fact that my heart stays, alive for you haze.

I wish to chase, you through a maze, and trap you with my gaze.

I wish to love forever everyday, every way, for the rest of my days.

There is no equal, to the peaceful, way I feel when I'm with you.

I sense a retrieval, of something gleeful, when I'm reminded you are my boo.

I'll never be deceitful, so don't be fearful, for I'll always be true.

My intentions are not evil, nor am I feeble, with me you'll never be blue.

Ignore the people, your eyes will never be tearful, my type of love is new.

I'm the type to make an upheaval, of the medieval,  just to give you a romantic view.

My words of love are so lethal, probably illegal, like me there are less than few.

I'm the type to repeat sequels, just to make you cheerful, for you that is what I do.

My attraction for you grew, as the winds of love blew,

in your direction towards your beauty and I knew,

We were meant to be as a perfect two.

I also felt that you knew this too.

You are the one who, knew what I was going through,

When I felt crazy and stuck to you as glue.

I went insane over you with just one clue,

You were meant for me and I was meant for you.

I wish to fly, you high, to the sky, beyond the moon.

Hoping to make you my wife very very soon.

My best I try, to be your guy, and that is why, I hold up your sun at high noon,

I'm engulfed by the heat of your body like a hot day in June.

I wish to comply, with your rules and never lie, I rather die, than put on costume.

My loyalty is real and life without you would be my ultimate doom.

I'll never make you cry, no reason why, to even defy, the role you assume,

In my life that is why I am soon to be your groom.

I wish to kiss you, and continue, to make you giggle.

I wish to sprinkle, you with love as your eyes twinkle, leaving myself in you.

I wish to give you, my heart and rekindle, what you lost while being single.

I wish to issue, a worded symbol, of my love and forever leave it with you,

I wish to let you see it, read it, and comprehend the signal.

I wish to marry you, and forever carry you, to my bed it's that simple.

I wish to never swindle, not even a little, my love will never dwindle,

I wish to remain true to your trust, my heart will never get old nor wrinkle,

I just want to kiss you.

The flowers of your beauty has bloomed, and as I zoom, I smell your perfume,

I wish to plant my seed in your womb.

My oh my, my lips go dry, and I get shy when you walk by, making my heart go boom,

I wish to stay tuned, and get myself lost in your magical runes.

I Wish To!

Poet Bio

Born and raised in New York City music and sports was always a main thing for the youth of his time. Learning about music while also engaging in martial arts activities at a young age is not at all an easy task for anyone to go through with. Jeffrey Gonell has excelled in many different genres of art including Hiphop, book writing, and music production while working as a full time personal trainer, mainly as a Taekwondo and Pilates instructor. Life is but a thought in our creator's mind, a thought that Jeffrey Gonell wishes to grasp and express.


Interview with Author Michele Harvey

My guest today is Michele Harvey.  Hello, Michele!  Welcome to Writing in the Modern Age!  It’s such a pleasure to have you.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?


My book, From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less, came out in September 2012. This is a book about personal growth and applied spirituality. My book offers 30 simple, user-friendly activities designed to shift the reader from confusion to a place of clarity in one month or less. I truly believe this book can help anyone who is stuck in any area of their lives, to some extent. The book is available everywhere as an E book (iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, Kindle, Nook, etc). From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less is also available in print through Createspace.com but better yet, order it through my website @ http://micheleharveyauthor.com (where you can find out more about the book and also receive a signed copy). 

Is there anything that prompted From Confusion to Clarity? Something that inspired you? 

In 2011, I experienced some catastrophic life changing events which motivated me to take an online course with the author of Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch. During the online course, I realized some things that were so profoundly helpful to me. My entire life has changed as a result of the new thinking that emerged, and my ability to apply it. Since I am a writer, I found myself wanting to share with as many folks as possible, (particularly those who are suffering and looking for a way to make sense of their lives, and the world), these applicable tools which resulted from my shift in perspective. To find out more please check out some of my You Tube videos where I discuss extensively, who, what, when, where, why, and how, From Confusion To Clarity was written.  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYrJznk7...  

So, when did you know you wanted to write?  Or has it always been a pastime of yours?

Writing is my life and my passion. I have worked as a journalist, and a freelance writer and I am also a published poet. Poetry is the music of my soul. Poetry for Living an Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation is now available @ http://micheleharveyauthor.com/books/ and on Amazon Kindle.

What kind of books do you like to read?

The list is endless. In particular, I enjoy books on contemporary spirituality by authors like Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Pema Chodren, and many others. I also adore poetry, and have many, many favorite poets. I am fond of classical literature, philosophy, mysteries, biographies, and well-written science fiction.  

Do you write in a specific place?  Time of day? 

I can write any place, as long as it is quiet. When I wrote From Confusion To Clarity, I needed to have the book finished in three months.  In order to meet the deadline,  I woke up early every morning, did my morning meditation, and immediately sat down to write. As a poet, time really does not exist to me. When a poem comes through, it is written, and that can occur at any “time.”

Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers?  Any advice?   

A writer is someone who writes, not someone who talks about writing, and doesn’t write. Just do it. If you plan to share your writing with the world, you will need to learn to separate yourself from your writing, and to take suggestions. It is important not to become too attached to your work.

Find a good mentor or writing workshop. Craft is crucial because anyone who has learned to write in the first grade can write. The difference between a writer and an artist, is more than just talent. Unless you are a prodigy, without training, no matter how plentiful your gifts, you will not be able to offer them fully.

Well-trained, well connected, creative writers read, dissect, and imitate the best writers (in their genre) and in the English language (at very least). I recommend writing workshops because in an optimal workshop setting, writers work together in a group with a trained facilitator where they constructively critique one another’s writing in a safe, and highly creative environment void of judgment. If you can’t study with someone, read as much as possible. Read a lot. Learn to read like a writer. The more you read, the more your writing can improve.

Thanks, Michele.  

So, readers, here is the blurb for From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less. 

“This is a wonderful book to have by your side knowing there is hope, that you are not alone and that there is another way to approach life that can bring you peace in all adversity.”  -  Chantal Herman- contributing author of  Pearls of Wisdom with Jack Canfield and Marci Shimoff  

Here is an excerpt.

I learned that it is possible not to suffer, even when you are in pain. On another level, I became able to understand that life has a plan and that life always works through circumstances and everyone in those circumstances, exactly the way it should.

You may not believe in God or a higher power. If you do, you may not understand that nothing is required of you to seek and have your questions answered, to learn to make your life work and to find or re-claim, love and happiness, which everyone naturally seeks, because it is our birthright.

Perhaps you feel that a higher power exists but is too far away or that you are undeserving, which is certainly the way I had always felt. Maybe you believe that you have to practice a particular religion or have particular beliefs, or live a certain lifestyle in order to be worthy of the Divine. I have learned, the Divine is always within easy reach, though it often seems otherwise.

If we use the example of an overseas flight, the trip from Los Angeles to Tokyo takes 12 hours and spans a distance of 5,000 miles. The distance seems great until you log onto your computer while sitting in Los Angeles, to instantaneously chat with your friend, who happens to be in Tokyo. Suddenly distance disappears. There are no obstacles to your communication. The only things you need are the tools, in this case, a computer, a connection and the ability to express your thoughts and feelings.

You don’t have to understand the inner-workings of the internet, you only have to connect, to reach out, and then you realize the distance is a matter of perception. Your friend is suddenly there with you in the room. In having a conversation with The Divine, your reach can extend beyond the horizons of heaven.

There are times when it is necessary
to have a heart that's broken
for the opening it leaves
where something larger dwells

Author Bio

Michele Harvey is an inspirational author, published poet, and journalist, on a mission to promote positive change in people’s lives and in today’s world. Her own life experience which includes the loss of a child shows us through the use applied spiritual principles, that by simply changing the way we think, we can drastically improve every aspect of our lives.

Michele’s writing competence consists of writing books, poetry and online publications. In her book, From Confusion to Clarity, Michele combines her eloquent story telling style with her beautiful poetry to take the reader on a journey of spiritual rebirth.

Michele is a talented public speaker, TV personality, and radio show guest. She is available to share her insights from her story as a public speaker by request. To contact her for your event, email her at clarity@confusionends.com

As part of her life adventure, Michele lived in Chile for two and a half years where she worked as an English teacher and a journalist for a local newspaper. She is proficient in Spanish.

She has lived and worked in various parts of the world and currently resides in New Mexico.

Michele’s mission is to help people return to or remember their own essence, to help them realize their unlimited potential, regardless of external circumstances, people and events. 

Website:  http://micheleharveyauthor.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MicheleHarveyAuthorPoet
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=24115835&locale=en_US&trk=tyah



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