Point of No Return

Point of No Return

This poem was submitted to Eber & Wein Publishing after I received an email that I had been selected to participate in the company’s “Best Poets of 2013”, their annual compilation that features poets selected by editors from the company. The poem was entered into the Poet of the Year contest and be eligible for any prizes or awards. The poem was also included in Expressions,  a CD of audio versions of selected poems by the editors.

Point of No Return

From the night’s dark abyss,
the early morning light reveals
blood stains floating on the water,
a sign that the winds of change
have moved in a new direction.
Terror mounts with each tide.
This is an evil from hot knives
held by spirits in men who have
moved past the point of no return
and left footprints in the sand.

Click on the next link to hear the poem
21-track-21.mp3.mp3   Can’t hear the poem? Click here to download Quicktime software.

Did you know that Elias Tobias has published two books, and one is an anthology of 145 poems, and the other a short story murder mystery. For complete information about these books and how to purchase them, click here..

facebooklogo.JPG

Title of the Song

Title of the Song

radioart.JPG

Title of the Song 

I was listen to the country radio,
And it played an old song I used to know.
I heard the guitar player pick the notes
And the singer started to sing a story
Of how she was now suddenly alone.
Life was different from what she planned
She was no longer with her man.
She said she was sorry things turned out that way,
And she really didn’t have much else to say
Except it that kept of repeating a simple line,
The title of the song, that was not lost in time.

Have you read a good book lately? Find plenty of free books online at Mike’s Books Cafe.

facebooklogo.JPG

Venus and the Crescent Moon

Venus and the Crescent Moon

venusandmoon.jpg

(Illustration by Mike Hall)
Venus and the Crescent Moon 

I sit here, cup in hand, and sigh.
Then I want to cry, thinking why
I want to believe your alibis.
Friends say I should let my
love for you dry up and die,
but part of me wants to believe
in all of your creative lies.
We could make it if we’d try,
instead of me just saying
“good-bye.”

Like a friendly scavenger hunt? Learn more about this web blog with two Elias Tobias Trivia Quizzes.

facebooklogo.JPG

Smoky Mountain Love

Smoky Mountain Love

smokey-mountain-poem.JPG

(Photo by Mike Hall) An outlook along the road in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park reveals different layers of mountains.

Smoky Mountain Love
She loves the rolling hills and valleys
of Tennessee, and she also loves me.
She wants to go there to get married,
and continue to be part of her past.
If she goes there, she knows that
our time together will last forever.
Distance and time are relative,
just like her cousins, aunts and uncles,
and I want to be part of her life.
There will be a special day when
we say “I Do” and become one with
the sweet air of the Smoky Mountains.

Do you have a start of a poem, but the words just aren’t right? Go for help at the Poetry First Aid.

Shadow Manager

Shadow Manager

Shadows have their values,
their length depends on the light.
As manager of this factory,
I make sure everything has shadows
behind them until the night.

Even then I really don’t
have much of a break because
the street lights, house lights
and car lights illuminate the
world when the day gets late.

When you think about it,
I have a tough job to do.
Shadows are custom—made
with light and they change
as quickly as something moves.

It’s hard to make a shadow.
You need the right ingredients.
You need particles of light,
an object to form a void,
and a large supply of darkness.

I use an ancient formula to
make the shadows black.
Hundreds of employees cut
the material to fit any shape.
I swear that is a fact.

All of this may seem a story
From a bum on a park bench,
but as shadow manager I can
tell you what was in the bag
the men exchanged by the fence.

Do you have a start of a poem, but the words just aren’t right? Go for help at the Poetry First Aid.

January 2011 Newsletter

January 2011 Newsletter

exponet-revised.jpg

Newsletter for the World of Words by Elias Tobias

Poem moves up to next round in contest

The poem, “Waiting, too,” has been promoted to the next round of judging in a contest sponsored by Eber and Wein Publishing of Shrewsbury, PA., and the poem will be included in the book, Best Poets of 2010, being published by the company.  Elias Tobias wants to be one of the 121 contest winners to be announced in February, including a grand prize of $2,000 and $13,000 in other prizes.  Only the top 15 percent of the poets reviewed by the company were invited to contribute to anthology and compete in the year’s last contest.  More on the results later.

lsccrest.jpg

Annual LSC Reunion Update

This year’s reunion event, will continue to be annual get together after several days of meeting the families of the Lambda Sigma Chi fraternity at the Embassy Hotel in Indianapolis last month Elias Tobias was the host of the family reunion.  We all had the opportunity to meet the newest member of the unofficial fraternity, Levi Jacobs and his family.  The Secret Santa gift exchange went over very, well, too.

electric-et-wallpaper-art.jpg

Changes coming to poetry web blog

The New Year will bring changes to the World of Words by Elias Tobias.  No regular schedule of posts will happen.  Also, the contract for the column by Rev. Abernathy will end, and he said the experience has been good.  Since he is getting busier, he has decided not to continue the column, All Things Considered, for another year.

The supply of poems has been rapidly used after three years of daily posts.  I would like to keep the newer poems by the brothers on the site, especially as the unofficial fraternity has expanded.

As the creative spirit moves in to my world, I will have other posts, both poetic and photographic, but not on a regular basis. There are more than 300 poems and other features of this web blog to read, so those who have not had a chance to catch up on a daily basis will have plenty to read.

write_on1.jpg Poem of the Month

Things can get complicated

It starts so simple, but things can get complicated
When rules are added, and things change.
People fall in love and then start a family,
Not knowing what the future will bring.
When the couple gets married, the rules
Of the game become legal and permanent,
Until, for some, there is this thing called divorce,
Making relationships even more complicated.

It starts so simple, but things can get complicated
When a new concept grows into a company,
That has to stay profitable or face bankruptcy.
The first idea has to be protected, altered,
Enlarged, stronger, powerful, new or improved.
It takes more people to get all that done, and
It is easy to lose sight of why the idea came
Around because people get too busy working.

It starts so simple, but things can get complicated
When a joke goes too far and some think it’s real.
The pranksters don’t know how to act or feel.
It becomes a big media event with a song and
Dance, and categories are made for participants.
Hundreds of thousands come to see what
The hype is all about, causing logistical problems
Like parking, security and having a first-aid station.

It starts so simple, but things can get complicated
When expectations grow beyond what we know.

Who is Elias Tobias? Go to his biography that is also in Spanish.

Old Hat

Old Hat

“My dad went to heavenly home last week.
And now I play with the kids down the street.
My mommy is still upset and misses him, I bet.
I let her alone so she can cry, and I’m sad that
It was his turn for him to die.
I’ll miss the things we did together, there’s
There no doubt about that.
I’ll always keep a picture of him in my mind,
Smiling at me with his old hat.

Turn an ordinary cup into an Elias Tobias cup with free logo downloads at the World of Words by Elias Tobias.

The human cost

The human cost

Why do I feel like you want to crucify me,
just because you think I’m not the man I need to be.
I know you have your ideas, but you need to see
that the man in your mind is not a reality.

When you feel like part of your life is a loss,
What you don’t realize is there is a human cost.
I already have a job; don’t need another boss.
I won’t be another guy you put on the cross.

I’ve made mistakes, and have lots to learn,
But there can be growing on your part, that’s for sure.
Life isn’t a storybook, as far as I’m concerned.
Decisions now will chose which road is turned.

To read this poem in French, click here.
If you have a poetry-related web-site that you would like to promote, then go to the International Poetry Link Exchange.