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

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 7 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection called the wandering man collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition). Kurt has also published 3 historical reference books, and one humor book. All are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 9th Colorado adventure tale novel “Rocky Mountain Moonshiner”.

6 thoughts on “Storyteller

  • September 24, 2018 at 8:18 PM

    And your a dam good one at that Kurt James. After reading The Daunting and how you captured my attention, I knew that you have excelled with each book you wrote. Your style is unique to you and like all great storyteller’s you draw your reader in with surprise after surprise. A good writer, not matter what genre, or a poet as well, if they can capture your soul with their work, then they have achieved their goals of moving their readers to want to keep coming back for more. You sir are one of those writers, I look forward to reading more of your work over time and enjoying each book of yours I read. I wish you all the best of success and may your fan base continue to grow Kurt.

    • September 25, 2018 at 2:28 AM

      Well Vincent you have made my day. Thank you for your kind words on my work and to read something such as this from a master of the written word such as yourself makes me want to write and write some more.

  • September 28, 2018 at 3:14 AM

    I second what Vincent said, Kurt. You are certainly a great storyteller. I haven’t yet read one of your novels but from your work here and on HubPages I know how you capture the reader’s attention and hold it all the way through. The passion for your subject matter and your part of the world is always clear.

    • September 28, 2018 at 7:17 PM

      Thanks John for you very kind words. I do have passion for what I write and I hope it comes out in my stories and poetry. My only question is, “Why haven’t your read any on my novels?” hahaha – thanks for stopping by John.

  • September 28, 2018 at 7:28 AM

    Vincent speaks for me as well. Kurt you are a fantastic storyteller. I love that western sling in every one of the tales you spin. It gives a different vision to everyday life. I for one strive to be that storyteller, to keep the reader’s eyes glued to the page, wanting more. Nice work my friend

    • September 28, 2018 at 7:19 PM

      Such kind words from three of the ones I respect most – Thank you Paul. I do love your work as well and just so you know – you are a storyteller as well.


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