Remembering Jar of Poetry

I still can’t believe we will be entering a new decade! So, to close out the final entry of 2019, let’s look back on 10 entries that impacted Jar of Poetry!

  1. Jar of Fireflies
    This is the first entry and the premise behind the site. Like fireflies, poetry is meant to be shared and admired by those who share the same fascination.

  1. Synthetically-Laced Puppet
    This last decade was filled with many things I never thought I’d face. Stepping away from the medication to combat PTSD, the experience helped inspire this piece.

  1. Locket
    Taking a chance at revealing something personal, the words from this poem naturally flowed. I was shocked at how many people related to it!

  1. Just not ready
    Originally meant to be a song, I never completed it. With a new blog and no material at the time, this led me to some old notebooks. After refining it to be a poem, I finally finished it, 3 years later.

  1. A Table with Friends
    Struggling with hunger pains, I went out to get some food. I ran into an old friend and ended up with a free meal from him. On my way back to the house, the idea to compare friends and food came to mind.

  1. How I tell time
    One of many ideas that kept me up at night. Despite the tired eyes and body fatigue, this poem was worth every second put into it.

  1. Come and Chill with Me
    A personal entry and my first personal Top 10 list. The only part that I didn’t like was having to listen to myself while trying to transcribe what I said. Oh well…it was still fun though.

  1. Her Vows
    This entry was the first time I gender-swapped. Writing from that point of view was new and I honestly found it interesting!

  1. Paper Airplanes
    Okay…stay with me here. This was inspired by Antony, who was inspired by Uncharted Course, to write this. This poem is the first time I did a poetry “Ping-back

  1. Nothing more beautiful
    The lines that inspired this whole thing was, “How does one payback a lost angel? With a pocket full of sin, a man can still be grateful.” This motivated—well…agitated me—to finish writing this to get some sleep. I bet you didn’t know that?!

It has been a wonderful time sharing these posts, along with some of the others, with you and having fun doing so. I look forward to keeping this up for 2020. The one thing I want will change is adding more audio to the posts.

And that my friends does it for JOP 2019. So until next Sunday (EST), I’m John-Anthony and this is our Jar of Poetry. I wish you a prosperous, wondrous, and most mischievous New Year! Take care!

It’s time you knew…

Jar of Poetry (JOP) is a place where I share poetry, respond to your comments, and conduct experiments in this ‘Literary Laboratory’ of mine. However, I have been using it to prepare myself for something bigger.

In October 2019, a month after JOP began, I took my first step into the field of Voice Over. On December 16, 2019 and after countless hours of reading out loud and editing the vulgarity out of the audio, I can say with a sincere and humble heart—I am an Audiobook Narrator.

Now that I have that out of the way, it’s time to get to what you came here for.


What’s this secret I’ve kept from you this whole time?

You played a crucial role in this whole ordeal.

For as small as it is, our interactions together have a deeper meaning. You gave me confidence, despite my light-hearted demeanor, that I feel I lacked to move forward. All of you have shared personal stories, thoughts, and ideas from your own experiences. I have also had the chance to send and receive emails from some of you as well.

What I needed were honest opinions of my work. It was more than just the poetry. I wanted to know if my message was able to meet three requirements. Let me explain—I’m more of an example kind of guy.

Communication:
SenderMessageReceiver[x3]?
(I’ll get to [x3] in a moment)


This is what my mind works out when we incorporate other factors before deciding to write or post:
IdeaMessage(Format)(Emotions)(Creativity)⇒Post[x3]?
Did Post solve [x3]?


To me, Voice Over (VO) is similar:
PurposeScript(Format)(Interpretation)(Creativity)⇒VO Product[x3]?
Did VO Product solve [x3]?


The variable [x3] represents three questions:

  1. Was it clear and understandable?
  2. Did it reach the right person?
  3. Has it left an impact?

If the results can answer the variable, [x3], then not only have you accomplished your goal but you achieved something greater than you realized.

That’s why I had to keep it a secret—you were the variable I was trying to answer! 

If my message wasn’t clear, then I had to go back and see what I can do to fix it. Along with that, troubleshooting and calibrating my equipment to make it somewhat bearable. I can’t tell you how many times I hit “Record” for some of the audio entries only to redo them because I didn’t turn my microphone on. 😛

Thank You” isn’t even close to how much it means to me. I don’t think I will ever find the words to express how grateful I am to you. Whatever you’re going through in life, the one thing you should know is that you made an impact on me. I mean this with all my being.


And since we’re on the topic, time for the final reveal!

I never took acting or business classes.
I didn’t hire a voice coach—yet.
I knew nothing about recording/editing software or audio engineering.

In short,
I had no damn clue what I was doing!

The only thing I “did” know was that it was something I wanted to do. And when I set out to do something, I keep these three things in mind:

  1. “Hold my sanity, shit’s gonna get interesting!”
  2. “The ‘Impossible’ is only true to the fool who believes it” and
  3. “I don’t want someone’s Reality to only be my Imagination”

I hope that by sharing this mindset, it ignites something in you to take on whatever you think is impossible to achieve.


I will be disabling the Comments section and Ping-Backs for a few reasons.

First of all, I respect everyone’s privacy. I don’t want anyone to feel embarrassed if Voice Over is something they’re interested in or would like to know more about—via email. By directing it through email, it also prevents unsolicited comments from people trying to sell their services without your consent or telling you that I’m full of crap—let me take care of that.

Yes, I am still new to this line of work and I don’t have all the answers. What I can offer are bits of information I’ve accumulated to at least take that first step into something completely new.

I was afraid.
I didn’t have experience.

But that desire to do something completely new, outweighed those factors. I will make it work, one way or another—I’m a Taurus…I pride myself in being stubborn.

When someone documents their journey, especially when it’s something they really want to do, I sort of feel like I’m not contributing except by reading about what they dream of doing and not learning something along the way. That’s not what I signed up for. Give me something where I can follow and support you while learning something new along the way. That’s what I set out to do—refer to what I keep in mind when I decide to do something.

So, what do you think? Now that you know I’ve just started my Voice Over path, things are only going to get more interesting from here—and you know I can promise that.

Behind a Rainbow

This is inspired by my son, Kai, and fellow islander In mind and out. Regardless of culture, what we see as normal may be different to others. As islanders, we share how we view the world with family and friends.


We are Pacific Islanders.

Descended from our ancestors, they watch from afar like distant stars.

Round as the sun and moon, our eyes will witness life—the good and bad times.

Our hands and feet will teach us of color. Never judge man by this, for we are similar.

Strive to be strong, flexible, and giving like a fruitful tree. A garden of one can’t accomplish everything.

When you’re lost, stop when the wind blows. Who knows? Perhaps it’s whispering where to go.

When you dream, let it bring meaning.

Don’t ever let it be forgotten. Remember, we have seen what’s at the end of the ocean’s horizon.

Every once in a while,
you’ll forget your rhythm in the world and that the island is your style.

Anger and pain will be your personal storms. At their core, the eye of the storm, use that time of silence to gather what you need to keep pushing forward.

People will mock and question you. We’re warriors by nature but refrain from what others would naturally do.

I can’t fault what’s in your heart. If you have to fight, fight to protect—not cause harm.

There will be times where you will have to challenge me. Hurtful words will be said and unspoken—we can’t rewrite history.

Just know, at the end of it all, I will always love and support you regardless whether you stand or fall.

When it’s time for me to eternally close my eyes,
remember child,
just passed the rain fall
there’s always hope behind a rainbow.


This video may not play in your area. If you have Spotify or something similar, you can listen to it if you’d like. “Another RainbowBo Napoleon ft. Kapena De Lima


Kai’s Summer trip to Guam. It was his first time there and was taught more about who he is as an islander.

When it comes to love

I’m not great at one-liners—that much is obvious

I won’t climb mountains or swim through an ocean

to prove my devotion.

When it comes to love, I’m completely oblivious.

I’m sort of like a ‘hand-me-down’ kind of guy.

Not the storybook Prince Charming,

Dashing, or Daring.

When it comes to love, I’m better at Good-bye’s.

I know I’m not a romantic

but I can be passionate,

resilient, and patient.

Unfortunately,

when it comes to love, I don’t know anything about it.