Initially, the main reason I thought people would be interested in these poems has to do with our attention spans; when it comes to content, the shorter the better. People seem victimized by so many demands on their attention, so I thought my task could be to show them a piece of beauty that they could read and process in less than five seconds.
This isn't a polemic on our short attention spans. Nor do I write short poems as a way to dodge the arduous task of writing a longer poem. I mean, hell—It takes a lot to write a poem. A lot of energy, courage, humor, strength (to override whatever doubts you have about yourself) and self-persuasion (to convince yourself that you actually do have all of these attributes).
No, this isn't any of those things. I write short poems to explore and share the amount of energy that just a few words can contain.
Look at the example above. Forgotten. This word thrills me. It drips of sadness and the longing to be remembered. It also contains a life of its own in its left-behind state. And rain...I could go on for days about rain. I enjoyed juxtaposing coffee—something synonymous with energy, going, doing—with rain, something that slow us down and pulls us into introspection.
I truly enjoy writing these poems. It's not always easy to write some of them, and I'll admit, some I really admire and others I'm less inclined to share. Many wonderful friends have enthusiastically supported this project, and for that I feel so very grateful.