It’s my personal belief that poets are made in the womb. However, we all go through our own unique process of discovering that piece of us waiting to tumble out onto paper. I would love to challenge all my fellow poets out there to write a post about your own path to awakening your individual poet’s soul! Use the hashtag #MyPoetryJourney and link me to your post.
I’ve always had a love for words, reading and writing. Many of my most vivid memories of childhood involve me with my nose in a book. There were few places more magical than the library, with its rows and rows of stories and information, just waiting for me to partake in.
As a kid, I was always writing down the strange and wild stories my weird little mind would conjure up. But it wasn’t until fifth grade that my love for poetry became a raging fire that consumed my tiny creative heart.
I remember the moment pretty clearly. My teacher turned off the lights and asked us to listen and feel the words he was about to read. I closed my eyes as he began “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. There was something so profoundly human in those words that even someone as young as I could be swept away by their meaning.
I opened my eyes and looked around the room. I could see that my classmates were also forming connections with the words and the feelings they invoked. I wanted to have that magic. I wanted to wield a wand of words. I wanted to make people feel!
I’ve been writing poetry ever since, but I was always too shy to share my words. Instead of making others feel, I was using poetry as a tool for self-expression and self-therapy. It became something intimate, as I let out my emotions through ink.
It wasn’t until this past February, when I started my instagram that I began to share my words in a public setting. I began my account as just an anonymous voice, a random soul on the internet. I eventually became brave enough to give myself an identity, a face and a name to my words. I found the courage to claim the words as my own and started a new journey of accepting myself as a writer (whether people like it or not).
Thanks for letting me share this bit of myself with you. I would love to read about you! So feel free to make a post and let me know… or simply write in the comments.