Words (or why I write)

Words can be one of the most
Powerful weapons of mankind.
They can be strong and sharp as the
Finest forged titanium steel sword
To fight the oppressors of innocent peoples.
They can be as soft and gentle as
A mother’s caress of her newborn baby
By comforting the sick, tired, and lonely.
Words can take us to new dimensions
And heights of supreme greatness.
They can take us into other worlds
Of dreams, hopes, and aspirations
Of the human race.
They can also take us into
Other times, places, and galaxies.

Writing is something that is very subjective, especially in poetry. Some people do not like poetry at all, period. Others only like certain kinds or certain authors. Then, probably most people, will not like his poetry anyway. He is under no delusions that he is some great poetic writer. He writes what he writes. He is willing to share it with what very few people that might have an interest in it. He was not even an English major, his is Psychology. Still he likes trying to write creatively. He does hope that you like it. He really does, however, if you do not, then he will totally understand. All he can do then is to remain true to his own self. He also feels more than a little strange talking about himself in the third person. So, for himself, and for anyone else out there who is interested, here is his poetry in this blog, Nightly Sky.


Randall Tipton-


61 responses »

  1. Miss Edee says:

    When we write for ourselves is when our best work flows forth, whether we think it’s any good or not, because it is our truth. Sharing it makes us feel vulnerable, yet it is a gift to anyone who reads it and identifies with it, finds personal meaning in it, feel better for a moment because of it. I’m pretty new at poetry, but I love it and I will be definitely following yours.

    • Randall says:

      Feeling vulnerable, you bet. Every post I am just waiting for the criticisms and horrible remarks to begin. But I love to write and read some good poetry for relaxing from stress. Sometimes things get a little too much, so I write to get away with my thoughts and feelings and express them with words and poems. Thank you very much for your kind comments.

  2. Very nice. That’s why I write too. Powerful feelings transformed into words can recreate moments and stop time.

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Thank you, Sir, for visiting my website–and being a return reader–I appreciate it very much!

  4. joannavdg says:

    Hello Randall… Good for you! I believe we all need to go out on a limb sometimes. It stretches our limits and makes us brave. If you get criticism, know you are in good company. Bottom line? You need to please yourself, that’s what a creative outlet is all about. Keep on writing…

    • Randall says:

      Yes, it stretches our limits by making us work a little harder and better thinking that others might see. But in the end, you have to be you. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting.

  5. Hello Randall, thank you for reading my blog and liking it. Taking the Post a Day 2011 challenge has been that…a challenge. After ten days, I was beginning to second guess the effort and then the email arrived that you liked what I wrote. You are kind and I appreciate the second wind you have given me……Also, your poetry is beautiful and I can see in your words that it pleases you to write it as does those who read it. Keep up the good work!

  6. runningwithellen says:

    Ah! yes

  7. David Archer says:

    Randall, I am really sorry I have not had time to visit your blogg, you are the top of my list of things to do. I really appreciate your likes (you are not my mum are you?) but would it be too much to ask for the odd comment, I like comments, I find them constructive. I WILL revisit you blogg soon and roam around in your subconscious, you have a wide range of writing to go through and I am sure we are kindred spirits in more than one way.

    Thank you again for all your “Likes”


    • Randall says:

      Thank yoy so much for stoping by. I will try to comment a little more on your blog. I bet you would be something in a comedy club, and you write them so fast. I also love the picture you have at the top of your blog and the “What the Critics Have to Say.”

  8. I love your opening poem ‘Words’ here. What an introduction and so damn true! Very very impressive. Keep it up, ignore any negatives and put out your thoughts, dreams and desires for all to read! I’ll be looking in!

  9. Bill Davis says:

    Hi Randall…. thanks for commenting, which led me here. Enjoying the poetry…
    Keep it up!

  10. william hay says:

    Thank you for your kind respone, I loved the war poem, it spoke truth which for me is where all great art comes from. I write on many topics from war, politics, family, love, recovery,ect.
    I love to write thru different technique, somtimes having fun with rhyming, sometime not and just finding that rythem to bring it together.
    Also, I enjoy writing in a simple form, it is not very often that I’ll use those big heavy metaphors, probaly because I can’t (LOL)
    But truth an imagey, for me is the final test as to whether I like my own work. If others like it, all
    The better! A world without balance you might enjoy, also the images of war/what we don’t see. Just 2 that you might check out
    I will most certianly continue to follow your site.
    William Hay the hack poet

  11. Thank you for reading, liking n commenting on “Red” 🙂

  12. Thanks for your kind words re: the poem today. I appreciate you taking the time and I look forward to spending time reading your writing. Kathleen

  13. Michael Gillan Maxwell says:

    Thanks for visiting my site Randall! I am subscribing and looking forward to exploring your writing!

  14. Heather / moosewalker blog says:

    Words – expressions – what is from your heart is important – Wolf has much to teach us, if only we would listen. Love your words, Randall, you have a powerful message.

  15. So glad you’re here! What makes a poet, as I’ve been learning over the years, is not training and doing things in some prescribed Right Way but fearlessly speaking one’s own language to tell the stories that come from within. At least in that sense, a Psych major is better equipped than many to be a poet, no? 🙂

    • Randall says:

      Perhaps that is why I try writing for the most part from such different perspectives, because I want people to understand how it is to other people see things. In both their feelings and in their thoughts. In what I learn in psychology is to try and see things in ways others see them. Sort of the same goal.

  16. Millie Ho says:

    Truthful biography. I enjoyed reading that. Psychoanalysis has been a hobby of mine, and I hope you continue to produce more quality works.

  17. Thank you for stopping at my blog. I like reading about the people that stop in and I am so happy I was able to read about you and your love of words. You truly are a wordsmith.

  18. pnwauthor says:

    Poets are sensitive souls who I can relate to. Thanks Randall, the poet, for stopping by Pacific NW Author.

  19. dmmacilroy says:

    Hi Randall,

    The pen is a long arm from the grave. Someone wrote that once and it still lives. I write for my son, so that he will have a piece of me when I’m gone.

    Keep writing. Putting pen to paper and sharing your thoughts with the world is your gift to the world, given freely, without thought of reward or acknowledgement. You’ll never know who will read it and be moved. You’ll never know whose life you might change. You are the butterfly in the rain forrest.




  20. ChgoJohn says:

    I dropped by to thank you for checking out my blog. I’m walking away a subscriber — and I’ve only checked out one other post, The Group. I look forward to learning more about you and your work. Oh! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  21. D.J. Lutz says:

    Thank for stopping by my blog and reading a few stories. Once Nano is over, I will take some time to read your poetry with a more clear mind. Right now I don’t think I could give it the attention it surely deserves. But I will return! – DJ

  22. simon7banks says:

    Those are powerful words, Randall. Poetry shakes out of the normal and routine, and some people want to avoid that. But I wrote what I think is my best poetry when I was just coming out of a very difficult time and the poetry helped me climb out. We write for ourselves, yes, but we write best when the poetry takes us beyond ourselves.

    • Randall says:

      Writing when you had problems. That is excellent. I recommend that people write when they are having problems. And it does seem to be some of the best writing. My writings, my more popular ones seem to be the ones taking us beyond ourselves into others minds and see the world through their troubles. My flowery ones, as I call them, do not seem as popular. Thank you so much for stopping by and your valuable feedback.

  23. poetleeprose says:

    Thank you for your support

  24. Hi Randall, I really love reading your poem and am so envious of your way with words! Words just seem so natural to you and I especially love the way that you tackle difficult topics with gentleness and sensitivity but in a way that still makes people stop and think. More more more!

  25. timotheous128 says:

    Hello again, Randall! Just wanted to give you a heads up that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂


  26. Miss Edee says:

    Hey Randall ~ I miss your poetry! I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. See http://missedee.com/2011/12/16/versatile-blogger-award/#more-1048 for the info 🙂

  27. myemilyrose says:

    Hi Randell!

    I liked your blog so much that I have decided to pass this award onto you, I see you have received it already!!

    But Everyone needs positive feedback 🙂

    See here for rules! http://myemilyrose.wordpress.com


  28. I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, because you and your blog is awesome! See here for more details: http://literarydormouse.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/youve-won-a-versatile-blogger-award-there-must-be-some-mistake/ and by clicking on the green versatile blogger logo picture you can go over to a blog describing more of it! Happy New Year!

  29. Wonderful postings and wise words I’ve nominated you for:
    Kreativ Blogger Award

    by Strongheart

    Kreativ Blogger Award

    (Presented to fellow bloggers, by fellow bloggers, for interesting and quality blogs of all genres.)

    Rules of Acceptance

    When the award is accepted, there are certain rules to follow.

    Thank the blogger who presented me with the award.

    Post a photo of the award.

    Share ten things about me that my readers don’t know.

    Choose six people to present this award to. Definition: Pay it Forward.

    Let the six bloggers know they have been awarded (and make their day too)!

  30. Shilpa says:

    Hi Randall

    I have nominated your blog to Liebster blogger award. http://wp.me/p1mLDj-dy

    Best wishes

  31. willowdot21 says:

    Hello I have been here before but felt unworthy to say that you express, how I feel about writing, perfectly. Well I have revelled in the beautiful wordpress realm for just over eight months now and I have grown bold! So when you were kind enough to visit and like one of my poems I felt I could come back and say thank you and I believe you know what you are talking about! Have a good week. xx

  32. Thomas Davis says:

    Randall, I have not been here in awhile, so I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading your poetry. I actually have no idea why I write. I’ve always written, and I’ve worked hard at learning how to with grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, careful editing, and the other tools you accumulate over a lifetime of concentrated effort, although, in these comments, I often miss an error and get frustrated at myself. This is a good post.

  33. Sebastian says:

    Hello Randall! What a wonderful blog you have! Thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  34. Subhan Zein says:

    Hi Randall,

    I enjoy my visits here. Nice poetry you have up here.. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  35. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    your thoughts are missed…
    as another year rolls through
    I hope all is well with you….
    Take Care…You Matter…

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