Whether good or bad, there is poetry in everything, because it’s within us to seek out, discover, polish, and share poetry. A leaf falling from a tree can be insignificant or monumental, it all depends on how you look at it.
People still ask me why I keep releasing poetry collections. I find it interesting because maybe they’re herky jerky from me going all George RR Martin with The Human Cycle, or maybe it just doesn’t speak to them.
To me poetry has helped me appreciate life a whole lot more. It’s allowed me to take the rougher moments in life and apply emotional alchemy to do something that I and fortunately other people find beautiful or that it resonates. Quite often my poems are written in one sitting. Maybe some light editing, but for the most part, it’s a raw emotion that’s been captured and shared.
I like that because in essence, it’s a pure emotion, unaltered. Sometimes I think deeply about something although most times, lines just flow. As a teenager I made so much sense of what I was living through thanks to poetry and as an adult, it’s helped me do the same. It’s helped me stay more focused, positive and thankful even for the hardships.
Another aspect is that since I keep it rather true to its essence, it’s like a diary I’m keeping. I browse back old poems and remember where I wrote it and why I wrote it. I smile at some of the metaphors and smile wider at hidden messages waiting there right between the lines.
It’s like capturing a picture in black and white. Some parts of the image come into definition while you take away others. You simplify at the same time you complicate. And that’s something I’ve always found appealing in poetry which resonates with life. Sometimes we insist on complicating things, other times we need to simplify. The funniest thing happens when both happen without you noticing.
And that my friends, is what poetry is all about.
Before you know it, it’s happened.
Peace, love, and maki rolls