I try (and often fail) to do some steno every day, working through poetry I know by heart. The poem I'm working through today is one of my own, "Song of New Year's Eve", which runs:
Look to your Lord who gives you life.
This year must end as all the years.
You live here in the vale of tears.
This year brought toil, the next year strife.
For too, too soon we break our stay.
The end of things may be a birth.
The clouds will fade and take the earth.
Make fast your joy on New Year's Day.
When dies a friend we weep and mourn.
When babes are born we drink with cheer.
But no man mourns when dies the year.
When dies the age, may you be born.
Your death, your birth, are close at hand.
In him we trust. In him we stand.
I have been recording my progress and findings, but I thought it would be a good plan to do so in public here. I'd love to see similar posts from others. Today, I'm learning the first line of the poem above: "Look to your Lord who gives you life." This is mostly unremarkable:
Look = HRAOBG (note AO is this vowel as well as the vowel in Food, if those differ for you)
To = TO as spelt
Your = YOUR as spelt
Lord = HRORD. Typing this as HRORT gives you "life-support", which is amusingly appropriate. (Later edit: I forgot the capital. Whoops. Throw in a star for that, or prefix it with KPA.)
Who = WHO as spelt (this threw me)
Gives = TPKWEUF + Z. You can actually do this in one chord but I don't feel quite confident enough, so I did it in two. (Later edit: Mirabai points out that TPKWEUFS works as well as TPKWEUFZ and is easier to chord.)
You = U, just the letter. (You might assume from this that Your is UR, but that's You're.)
Life = HRAOEUF (not HREUF, as I thought, which is Live)