My True Poem
Poetry means many different things to many people.
This is what poetry is from my own personal perspective, your’s may be different.
Plenty room for all. 😉
Poetry expresses what lies within,
fearing neither ridicule nor scorn.
Un-leashing emotions too vibrant
to be contained beneath a sterile facade.
To dive so deeply into the psyche
and refuse come up for air
until the treasure is retrieved.
Deflect the blows of mediocrity
or those who would surreptitiously
steal the sun from my strangled sky.
To risk all to bring a shining shard
of inner light to darkness…
by laying my carcass in mid-day heat
for carrion prey.
In great distress I retrieved my diary,
blurred ink, mildewed and useless,
from my cellar.
All those years…
Then I saw,
in blinding illumination
My life has been my truest poem.
Just to say, layout in this case inintentional. It looked perfect on preview but reverts to this layout on posting!
Layout altered successfully now in case anybody wondering 😉
Yes, Trev, you have the experience to understand the benefits and the pitfalls. I thought later that this relates more to my website (soon to be majorly updated) but in which I lay myself bare, in order to help others not feel so alone. But it has been at a price and so I seldom venture there, even considering deleting it because certain people told me I was leading people astray. ;-( “Deflect the blows of mediocrity or those who would surreptitiously steal the sun from my strangled sky.” So I had to go inwards and find the centre of… Read more »
Oh I understand EXACTLY what you are saying Trev. We could have some very interesting philosophical discussions! The thing is I am the least ‘religious’ person you could meet, spiritual yes. I broke out of conditioning many years ago and have continued to evolve. This has been a very personal and at times lonely in the way of spiritual loneliness for as things changed I found I no longer fitted in anywhere. 🙁 Not in the New Age Movement (orchestrated in many ways) or the conventional church which I left years ago. I have now found my tribe after a… Read more »
Amazing write Alison, verses three and four particularly resonate with me as it has taken me a long time to find confidence in my writing.
It’s a very in depth thoughtful piece drawing me in and making me really think about why we write. Sue.
Thanks for reading and commenting Sue. I agree, it takes courage to post our work on an open forum where it may or may not be well received. the ego intrudes and the devil on our shoulder tells us all sorts of negative things such as “what will people think? Will people laugh or scorn?” However I believe that is the way of transformation and progress as your work has demonstrated. It also takes time to develope our own style. I don’t know if I have done that as my style changes here and there but you certainly have your… Read more »
Ahhh…..there you go HaHa! You never disappoint Alison. There are those who dare and those who follow the trodden path. Warts and all is always so refreshingly honest, but then you always were. You know I don’t a.ways understand you, but I will always love your work. Your honesty with me and my work is why I’m here.
So sorry for late reply. I was away up seeing my old Mum and taking her to the funfair down at the Nairn Highland Games. It poured with rain but I was determined to take her as it’s probably the last time.
Here’s a pic. ;-)See below.
Hoping you are maintaining your strength.