Charm is a drop of water.
Zen is love.
Kelli singing, Back in the Day
Poets United: Wow, kiddo! You are so good!!!!! Beautiful, too - what glorious hair! Do you still perform?
Poets United: Well, it isn't over yet. You should keep singing! You are that good. There is a close connection between lyrics and poetry. Did your song writing lead you into poetry?
Mama Zen: Oh, definitely. The best song lyrics are poetry, and song lyrics were my earliest exposure to poetry, as well. When I stopped performing and writing songs for a band, poetry was a logical progression. It took a few years, though.
Poets United: Do you have a fave singer?
Mama Zen: Janis Joplin. Janis was everything that I wanted to be when I grew up. Well, except for the dead part!
Poets United: Do you still write songs?
Mama Zen: I do, but unintentionally! Often, I will start writing a poem, and it will start singing to me. Before I can stop myself, I'm writing verses, a bridge, a chorus. A lot of what I write is meant to be sung, rather than read.
Poets United: I notice that you write both poetry and prose. Which is your favorite, and why?
So........favorite book of all time?
Mama Zen: I always have several in progress. Right now, I'm reading More Beauty, Less Beast by Deborah Coty, Catch 22, The Help, and a couple of books on Buddhism.
Mama Zen: If I were to write a book, it would probably be some sort of collection of essays and poetry. You know, the kind that doesn't make any money! Unfortunately, I just don't have the, I don't know, patience? desire? to write long fiction.
Baby Puppy: I have to say I prefer stories. Poems are harder to think of because they usually have to be rhyming.
Mama Zen: She has also threatened to write her own Family Newspaper about the daily happenings in our house. Now, there's an idea that made my blood run cold!
Poets United: I think he would, too, kiddo!