10/24/11 Gathering My Courage To Write Poetry


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Image by ReVisioning Life in Art via Flickr

It’s been a week of growth and insights.

A friend suggested I check out Women Writing For (a) Change. I did, and visited Women Writing For (a) Change on Saturday to take the Soul Collage class. How exhilarating! Stepping into that place where countless women like me who enjoy taking pen to paper, or images to collage board, and express themselves. It felt like nirvana! I wondered if I could move in, or at least hang out from time to time. I would highly recommend it to any one reading this who has a longing to express themselves through words. Even though “women” is in the business name, there are occasional classes for men. It was inspiring being surrounded by so many creative people. My collage titled Serenity filled the card with images of places I would like to write in – nature, quiet, lush green floral paradises, a cottage in the woods. When you live in the city, I suppose those places seem almost like a fairytale.

A few years ago, I gave myself a challenge to write poetry. It was an interesting experiment. Apparently I can whip off a ditty within minutes when rhyme is all that’s called for. I tried another type, I believe it’s called prose. That’s the type I like. You actually have to think. Feel. Rhyme seems to sacrifice content just to get two words to match! Me being the gutter snipe that I am from time to time…. my rhyme ends up sounding like those silly limericks I read as a kid. Actually, I still like limericks. 🙂

Sometimes I feel compelled to try something new. I tried a spiritual piece today. I based it upon the poem “Love After Love” by Derek Walcott read aloud at my Soul Collage class the other day. http://acelebrationofwomen.org/?p=68602

If you’d like to read it, paste this link into your browser: http://allpoetry.com/poem/9068145-Looking_Through_Gods_Eyes-by-wordsfromsue

It’s about learning to see and accept ourselves as God does. Feel free to give me your thoughts.

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