Day 16 – “P” Poetry
Poetry was one of the first types of creative writing I partook in when I started scribbling away as a young’un. Journaling provided me an outlet to vent about how unfair it was that I was sent to sit in the corner while my sister played silently with her Erector Set, a devious smile on her face (something that makes my blood boil to this day…). Writing stories and plays allowed me to be expressive and detailed, fully developing imaginative worlds and characters.
As a kid, poetry gave me the opportunity to tune into my creative side, topics including: the fairies living in the hazelnut tree, my dead fish, my dead bird, anger towards my parents, my best friend, and of course, my countless crushes and loves. My teenage poetry got distinctively more moody and depressing, I suppose this is quite normal for a angsty teen who had no clue what she wanted to do with her life and viewed the world as being ever against her. I started to enjoy the limitations and restrictions that comes with poetry, forcing me to be as expressive as possible within a (usually self-imposed) set of guidelines.
As an adult, I find that writing poetry is a different kind of release all together, allowing me to be intimately raw and vulnerable, while at the same time, descriptive, creative, and lyrical. I feel that my best poetry either stems from observations or intense emotions. Experiences and observations that struck a chord deep within me brings about vivid, descriptive poetry; whether the inspirations be a chance encounter with a fascinating individual, a glorious summer day, a swim in a snow-melt lake, or an evening of intimacy and ecstasy.
On the flip side, strong and intense emotions (typically incredibly happy or ridiculously frustrated and upset) prove to bring about my most honest and exposed writing. These are the poems I’m always hesitant to post because of how deeply personal they are. But, isn’t that one of the signs of a good writer? When your writing is true and real to the point that it elicits and stirs some feeling or emotion in your readers? That is what I strive for, to touch my readers in some way.
Why do you write poetry? What is your favorite type of poetry to write? To read?