I have this friend who writes poetry. Beautiful, expressive, meaningful poetry. His verse does not usually rhyme, but the words and format he uses are pure magic. On more than one occasion I have found myself envious of his skill with a pen. He truly is a remarkable talent. I can’t really speak for certain, but it seems to come easily to him. Request something.. and it is written within a few days. I admire him a great deal. If you’re reading this, you know who you are dearest Poet. 😉
My talent.. if I can even call it that, is nothing like that. I discovered long ago, when I first started writing poetry, that is was tied to my emotions. If I was feeling sad, depressed, experiencing loss, or angry and upset, or even just having a bad day, the words seemed to flow. They spilled from my pen like blood from a vein. Smooth, easy and free-flowing.
It was a totally different story when I was happy or just having a normal, productive day. I would stare at the computer screen, or paper in my notebook, and there would be nothing. Emptiness. The words refused to come. I would feel like I was forcing it sometimes, because I would try and try for hours, but there was just nothing there. I felt cheated. Ashamed. A fraud. How could I consider myself a writer if I only penned the words during dark moments of my life?
Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of dark times in my life to keep the ink spilling. The thing is, I have just as many good, typical days though where not everything goes wrong. On those days (weeks/months), I pen haikus or micropoetry, a quote here and there, or I visit the Daily Prompt post and fill in with a few photographs and musings.
I may not get as many “hits” or likes on my posts during those times as many other writers, but that isn’t what it is about for me. Truth be told, I never really expected many people at all to stop by and visit my work. I’ve always been my harshest critic, and I feel truly blessed to have as many readers and followers as I do. I appreciate each and every one of you, and I hope you enjoy my posts even during the sparse times. Comments are always welcome. 🙂