Joseph S. Spence, Sr (USA)
Joseph S. Spence, Sr., has authored seven poetry books, and invented the “Epulaeryu Poetry, Linking Pin Sonnet, and Seventh Heaven,” poetic forms and styles. His writings have appeared globally in forums such as: journals, anthologies, magazines, ezines, the U. S. Army, newspapers, et al. He retired from the U.S. Army as an officer, and was given the name “Apollo,” the Greek mythical god of poetry and music, by his military comrades for their appreciation of his poems. He has taught at Bryant and Stratton University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the American Baptist College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for Arkansas, USA. He has inspired audience around the world with his inspirational and uplifting poetic words, and has received many poetry awards including: Noble Star for Literature 12/2018, and Living Legend of the 21st Century 5/2019 (India); Literary Gold Badge 5/2109 and Ambassador De Literature 6/2109 (Oman); Gold Medal of Honor 5/2109 (Nigeria), Poetry Ambassador Medal, Independent Poet Laureate, Who’s Who in Poetry, Numerous Editor’s Choice Awards (USA); and Poetry Bard (UK). He is a professional book reviewer who has reviewed and posted over 50-book reviews in various mediums. He has membership in various global scholastic honor societies, served as poet-in-residence for Saint Andrews Scottish Society, and is a member of the Scottish poetry bard, Robert Burns Club, Milwaukee. He is the chief advisor to the founder, Shiju H. Pallithazheth, of the largest worldwide poetry forum, “Motivational Strips,” which is dedicated to uplifting humanity with inspirational poetic words. His poems have been published in the following languages: Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Jamiekan Patwa/Patois, Scottish Gaelic, Nigerian Yoruba, Bengali, Assam, and Hindi. He studied English Literature, Creative Writing, Africology, and Poetry at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, loves historical poems based on his worldwide travels, and resides in Wisconsin, USA.
This Spiritual Epulaeryu is based on the following books in the Bible: Matthew 26:2 Passover feast), Exodus 16-35 (Manna until Canaan), Mark 6:41 (Bread and fish), John 2:3, (Turned water in wine), Proverbs 8:17 (God’s love), and Romans 5:15 (God’s grace). Reference: KJV, Holy Bible, Public Domain.
The feast of the Passover
Manna from heaven
Five loaves and two small fish
Brothers breaking bread
Wine at the wedding
Epulaeryu Poem: is about succulent dishes. It consists of seven lines with thirty-three syllables. The first line has seven syllables, the second line five, the third line seven, the fourth line five, the fifth line five, the sixth line three, and the seventh line has only one syllable which ends with an exclamation mark, expressing delight about the meal. The sequence is: 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. Each line has one thought which is about the meal. The Epulaeryu poem was developed by Joseph S. Spence, Sr., in 2006. The name was selected after touring the Mediterranean, Far East regions, America’s regions, and other place, while enjoying many succulent and nourishing meals during those memorable travels. The Spiritual Epulaeryu forms and styles are loved dearly my many poets around the world and have being used in a variety of poetic competitions.
Crying Out (Linking Pin Sonnet)
There is a suffering world crying out
Crying out for a great revelation
Revelation of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit of sanctification
Sanctification of grace with God’s love
God’s love that will rise up mighty people
People endowed with His most sacred trust
Sacred trust outpouring over the earth
Earth divinely created by Gods’ hands
Gods’ hands molding people in His image
Image crying out for God’s divine love
Divine love of God the gracious Father
There is a suffering world crying out
Crying out for God’s great revelation!
Author’s Comments: The linking pin sonnet, consists of 14 lines. The end of each line links
with the next line. Each line has eight to eleven syllables. This sonnet form was developed by
Joseph S. Spence, Sr. (myself), during January 2007, while linking the years 2006 and 2007 together for greater recall. The premise is based on the following (1): Concept of studying the Bible by linking a passage of scripture to a particular theme. Also, linking the physical and spiritual forms in Biblical studies for faster comprehension. This allows for the pinning down of dates and times to affords faster recall and remembrance in studying the Bible. (2) The “Linking Pin” style of management regarding organizational development for effective and efficient supervision for maximum excellence in operation and production. One should be able to visualize one link moving the other, thus, combining the strength of both in completing a task without weakness.
Affirmations (Seventh Heaven Anaphora Style)
I will praise Him in my plan
I will sing a joyful song seven days long
I will raise my head in peace
I will lift up His grace, mercies and blessings
I will spread His words always
I will seek His heavenly tabernacle
I will pray and seek His love!
Seventh Heaven Poem: is a from consisting of 7/11/7/11/7/11/7. The first line has seven syllables, second eleven, third seven, forth eleven, fifth seven, sixth eleven, and seventh seven. Rhyming is optional; however, it’s a plus. Any variation of the words “seven” or “heaven” must appear in the poem. This form was created by Joseph S. Spence, Sr., (myself) on 10/21/2006.