Writing Poetry Requires Dedication
Writing poetry can be an unexpected occurrence. I could be driving or in the middle of a conversation with someone and a verse will come to me demanding attention. The moments I enjoy the most are when I’m already in bed, warm under the covers, and the draft of a poem invades my thought. It is not until I get up and write it down that I can find peaceful sleep. There are other poems that won’t care if I’ve had enough sleep. They will keep me awake all night. It would be so gratifying to say that all those poems become finished poems, but most of them don’t. The truth is that my discarded pile is bigger than my finished poems collection and I don’t think that will ever change. Writing poetry is a difficult craft that requires hour of dedication.
Writing Poetry From the Closet
For many years I was some what of a closet poet. Only a selected few of my friends knew I was a poet, not because I was ashamed, but because what I experienced with poetry seemed intimate, not something to be publicized. There was also the fact that my parents viewed my poetry as a hobby which shouldn’t interfere with my Chemistry career. Don’t judge me for complying. Most of us have been pressured into pursuing a career we don’t quite love because it can secure our financial future. Also, it is a known fact poetry can’t pay most bills. However, my compliance was short lived thanks to the help and support of my ex-husband who believes I have talent (I’m modest 🙂 ) and who’s always been very generous when giving me complements. So thanks to his help writing poetry won over working in a chemistry lab.
Writing Poetry Requires Intention
To write poetry an artist must know that is his/her intention. He/She has to be a poet, even if it’s only for the duration of the poem. Poetry is like any other art form, a necessity for the artist. A verse becomes a way for me to translate the world, to try to understand, and a way for me to fail in my quest. I can’t capture the universe in a poem; however, I can zoom in and attempt an interpretation of something trivial to the universe, but of great human significance. The guaranteed failure is what makes a poet keep on writing poetry, if everything could be articulated with a single poem, then there would have only been one poet and one poem in the history of our existence.
If you are also a writer who is starting out, the important thing is to never stop writing poetry. It is in the practice of this vocation that miracles happen.