What writing poetry means to me

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I often think about my poetry as the unconscious me manifesting in rhymes.

I don’t have to think about it too much, since the experience of writing a poem is so deeply rooted in my inner core at this point, that if I wasn’t calling myself a poet, I’d deny this great part of myself that I can’t live without.

I don’t often read poetry from others, but I did do an English degree, so I have a pretty rounded knowledge on what I am doing, and how influence can come to aid when it comes to my writing.

What they can’t teach you though is what words your pen should find in the spur of the moment.

The immersive experience of playing with words doesn’t come from practice, or will, or an assignment you’ve been given. It comes from your inner need, the need of what demands to break out of you, your soul manifesting in words in the most peculiar order that will rhyme, or not, and that will forever carry a poetic piece of you.

It will not always be perfect. But I know that I hardly ever edited any of my work. The time of creation, once the poem is on paper, is done right there and then. The moment’s passed and all is said and done.

It’s like a waterfall. You can’t stop the water to flow any more that you can stop time passing by, no matter how well you rehearse the will and apply the wish. It won’t stop. Water is also one that is able to get through anything and shape landscapes. It comes, it stays, it disappears. That’s not just the miracle of it but also its beauty.

So what does poetry means to me? When I can’t make sense of things, poetry is my expression. My guide, my relief, my friend and my explanation.

I never know or recognise that I wrote what I wrote. I know, and of course I remember the act of creating the work, but as I said, mostly it’s a separate entity that overtakes me and I give it my whole being so it can be expressed through me.

Poetry writing is my missing piece when I can’t access it.

I’d highly recommend it to anyone, especially in these times, as it is the single most rewarding occupation.

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Look out for more posts that are coming soon.

Until then, may we always have satisfying conversations.

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