Daniel is an award-winning composer/author/publisher and public speaker. He speaks about life's difficulties in an inspiring way.
Mrs. Elliott, My High School English Teacher
Mrs. Elliott was brilliant, kind, encouraging and nobody's fool. She knew exactly when I was wasting time because I was bored in her class, and when I was being productive with assignments, and listening to her explain how to diagram a sentence. But the main thing she encouraged in me was my creativity in writing. I wrote a huge stack of poems in those classes, many of them writing experiments and quite forgettable. However, there were a few that seemed to stand out to her and to me, and I was even invited to include a few of the best ones in one of our school literary publications in 1974. Included here are some of the better ones from those early years.
A Few Poems from My High School Years
I tended to like a bit of mind-bending, or something with a twist. Here are my favorites:
quickly by me
hoping to find someone
to hide behind
light won’t see them.
While quietly crunching through the snow,
I came across a lonely footprint.
I picked it up and examined
I carefully placed it back where
I had previously found it.
I discovered the poor thing was dead.
As I sit and think, I often wonder.
I usually think why I wonder
What I’m thinking when I’m
Maybe I should stop
I asked No One.
I was going to ask Some Body
what’s the point in asking
No One is there?
© 1974, 2009 by Daniel Carter. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.
Two Pigeon Limericks
I spent some time in London in the mid-'70s. I both hated and grew fond of pigeons. Here are my two best works on the subject:
Limerick The First:
The Bird Lady’s fond of all pigeons.
So much that she’d start a religion.
She’d call, “Kitty-coo,”
From under the poo
Which weighed much on her final decision.
Limerick The Second:
Pigeons loved to bomb old Colonel Thistle.
The bombs even made sounds like whistles!
The Colonel, in fits,
Finally scared them to bits
By launching a heat-seeking missile.
© 1976, 2009 by Daniel Carter. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.
One More Pigeon Poem
On the subject of London and pigeons, I wrote the following about 1977:
A pigeon (so I
can walk only as fast as its
© 1977, 2009 by Daniel Carter. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.
Even Though I Became a Composer/Publisher, I Still Enjoy Writing
My college years also provided additional encouragement for me to continue writing, even if it wasn't my first professional focus. As a result, I've enjoyed writing on many subjects ranging from past experiences, to inspirational pieces about overcoming adversity, to publishing a few favorite recipes. I also write a blog which goes into greater detail about my life, my ups and downs, and why I believe that even negative experiences can become a positive benefit if we can allow it.
I believe that every experience we have in life can be turned into something positive if we look for what it might teach us. In teaching us, we gain the power to create a more positive, happy life through those experiences, no matter how traumatic, or seemingly difficult it might be. If you are interested in reading more about my philosophy on this subject, please read "The Fatal Flaw of Positive Thinking and How to Fix It." I think you'll be surprised at what I mean by "flaw."
I think English is a complicated language, at best. Words like "threw," "through," "tough," and "dough" really must be amazingly confusing to any non-native speaker. I have really enjoyed making fun of such confusion, especially when you add things like dialect and drawl. Did you know that a "coke" is any soft drink in certain places of the USA, but that a "Coke" is really a "Coke" everywhere? I sort out this confusion in the most humorous way I can in "I Don't Know about what You Are Talking (Perplexed Pause) about."
I hope all of these make you laugh. Though a cliché it may be, laughter is the best medicine to counter so many of life's ills.
© 2009 Daniel Carter
Zach on February 11, 2011:
Wow. Until now I thought I was the only one who wrote limericks about pigeons.
Daniel Carter (author) from Salt Lake City, Utah on July 12, 2010:
Thanks for stopping by to read, notquitecorso. Also, thanks for the compliments! I haven't written much poetry lately. In fact, I've hit the wall, creatively, and am sort of being quiet till I know what I feel passionate about and want to really dive into something again. A time of big transitions for me.
notquitecorso from Portland, Oregon on July 12, 2010:
I really like these. I and II in particular were just plain clever...good language. I'm envious of the mind-state you were in to perceive the world so uniquely...picking up a footprint...great...in my opinion just very unique voice. Great read! Those limericks were spot on as well, I would like to see you write more poetry...Are you still keeping with it?
ladyjane1 from Texas on December 26, 2009:
Hello Daniel I liked your poems they are cute. I hate to say it but I got quite a bit of bird poop on my car right now, guess what I'm doing in the next couple days lol. Anyway, I shall be watching you Sr. Carter you are clever.
Daniel Carter (author) from Salt Lake City, Utah on December 17, 2009:
So sad about not feeding the pigeons! But I suppose it has something to do with swarming the visitors! I actually saw that a couple of times. Strange!
kirstenblog from London UK on December 17, 2009:
Thanks for sharing! You are quite the poet. I love a short sweet poem that gets a giggle outa me :)
BTW did you know that it is illegal now to feed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square?
Daniel Carter (author) from Salt Lake City, Utah on October 08, 2009:
LOL Very nice observation. Thanks for stopping by!
philip carey 61 on October 08, 2009:
Pigeons are here to remind us that our statues arent sacred.
Daniel Carter (author) from Salt Lake City, Utah on July 20, 2009:
Thanks Enelle and Feline for your nice comments. When the muses strike, I like to write about it. However, poetry seems to belong mostly to my past life. Maybe it will awaken again at some point. Don't know yet. Regardless, thanks!
Feline Prophet on July 15, 2009:
Hehe...to think pigeons could inspire anyone to verse!
Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on July 15, 2009:
Very funny! Thoroughly enjoyed your poetry (and I'm not a poetry person lol) loved the limericks!
Daniel Carter (author) from Salt Lake City, Utah on June 08, 2009:
Thanks everyone! I think bird poop is so extremely easy to relate to simply because I think we've all experienced a little in one form or another, and I like the idea of taking something really disgusting and making it humorous. And thanks for comments on the other poems as well. For me, the important thing is to laugh about some of life's oddities. And I have often forgotten to do that. This is a good reminder to laugh.
And, thanks, Mom, for reading and sharing the memories of 30-odd years ago. [Smooches.]
Kari Poulsen from Ohio on June 07, 2009:
Great poems! They are very clever. :D
Hazel on June 07, 2009:
I love the pigeon one . . it reminds me of my visit to England years ago. You really have a way with words! I hope you'll share some more!
MoM GjC :) on June 07, 2009:
Oh Dan! These just made me laugh as I remembered all of them from 'the past'. I always especially giggled at The Footprint.
Lindsey on June 06, 2009:
Pure Genius Dan . LOL
Sandria Green-Stewart from Toronto, Canada on June 05, 2009:
Very nice Daniel. Thoroughly enjoy the poems. Thanks for sharing.
Penny Allen on June 05, 2009:
Pigeon poop is only funny if it's on a stranger you don't have to wipe off or empathize with.
christy on June 05, 2009:
Cool Poems, Dan,
Especially liked the pigeon poems!
twig259 on June 04, 2009:
I remember that pigeon poem! You certainly have a way with words, which is why you write such good songs.
Tim Wilson on June 04, 2009:
Dan, you are a man after my own heart......CUCKOO!
Joan on June 04, 2009:
Hi Uncle Dan,
You are very talented and I think they should give you the Pulitizer Prize for poetry!
grace bjarnson on June 04, 2009:
Hey Dan, I really enjoyed the trafalgar square poem and II. They made me laugh. Thanks for sharing.
Anne Adams on June 04, 2009:
My absolute favorite was the shadows poem. The pidgeon stuff was funny too; I liked the first one best.