I am a Storyteller
I always wanted to be a storyteller and nothing more. Not a writer, poet or someone that write essays or articles for a living. Life intervened and keeping a roof over my wife and kids’ heads and paying bills took priority. It seemed I could never find the time or my muse to write fiction. As I have gotten older and my priorities have changed, I have found what I have always been looking for just below the keys on my keyboard and within the plastic and the glass of my computer. I will never be a great poet or writer, but I can tell a damn good story. I am a storyteller.
Since man started to draw pictures with charcoal and ash on the walls of a cave,
Storytelling become an art for those that want to believe the tales we all crave.
Some say the talent of storytelling today is dead or is a dying art,
I think different—tales of legends, lore, and adventure will never depart.
Is it not true that the work of a storyteller or poet is just to tell the story?
To give those that listen or read something to ponder and their mind new territory.
As a storyteller you realize that for all your inner personal glory,
There is no power on earth greater than telling a tale or a story.
To be a storyteller, you take up dwelling deep in someone’s soul,
The words you pen or voice so others can take an enchanting stroll.
I always knew writing stories was my purpose since I can remember when,
Making ends meet took my time in the beginning—late in life when I picked up a pen.
My purpose is not to tell you how to think or act as a teller of tales,
The stories are for your mind to give it ideas and the wind to make it sail.
To be a teller of fictions sometimes can be a maddening gift,
The stories become all-consuming – pen in hand they begin to drift.
The sagas and narratives have to be told or I fear that they will wither and die,
My storytelling gives me everything and emotions I need and I no longer ask why.
There is no greater anguish than bearing an untold epic inside me,
The wanting to give my reader or listener something for their mind to see.
It is not within me to be known as a writer or poet, but as the man in the shadows,
Sitting at the campfire as the teller of tales and the storyteller from Colorado.
Kurt James © 2018
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