There wasn’t one particular moment when I decided to become a poet. About the time I was leaving junior high, I decided to try writing some lyrics. But, as they’ve never been put to music, outside of the occasional ditty in my head, they became mere poetry.
Some people say that I do well at writing poetry. For years, though, I didn’t consider myself a full-blown poet. In fact, I’ve written many times over the years that I didn’t think I was much of a poet at all. Still, that hasn’t stopped me from writing hundreds upon hundreds of verses. A few were actually worth publishing.
Truthfully, I’ve always leaned towards writing prose. My urge to write poetry comes and goes, often in big spurts. Still, as much as I appreciate the art of both conventional and unconventional poetry, I’ve never fully dedicated myself to the craft.
Writing verses was once a passion of mine. But, I longed to be a songwriter, not a poet. Then again, those two things are probably one and the same, in essence. Poetry, too, especially of the unconventional variety, can be very free-form. By definition, in fact, poetry isn’t just metrical writing. The word can also mean a couple other things, according to Merriam-Webster:
“Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.”
Or… “Something likened to poetry especially in beauty of expression “
The English language is funny sometimes with all its many different meanings of singular words. Clearly, though, poetry is more than just rhyming verses. Any form of expression can be made into poetry. What it comes down to is that I simply write to express something and try to make it beautiful. It may not even really matter what that something actually is.
The art of writing is vitally important to me. Simply composing articles to inform or entertain isn’t all there is. Poetry is about finding the beauty in something, then finding the best way to express that something. For me, my prose has become much more like poetry in achieving these aims, which is likely my actual poetic writings have diminished over the years.
It’s become much clearer to me over time that writing poetry is both easier and harder than most people think. As most of what I write comes to me in a form most like prose, I may not be nearly as prolific a writer of verses as I once was. Yet, while I never thought myself a poet for so long, I certainly am now to some degree. Whether I ever turn back to poetry as a full-time venture, that’s appearing unlikely. As something to dabble in, though, I certainly will engage my poetry writing muscles once again.
~ Amelia <3