Truth is, I’m struggling.
I’m reaching and falling.
I’m hemming and hawing.
I’m trying and failing.
I’m rowing, now bailing.
— from my poem “Writer’s Block“
My mind has been going a million miles an hour in a hundred different directions lately, and it’s making writing difficult. I’ve been working on a new poem (which I love) for the past several days, but I’m having a hard time finishing it. What am I trying to say? It’s a question I haven’t been able to answer . . . Continue reading
Every time I write a poem, it starts with the first two lines. Maybe I’m experiencing an emotion and the words come tumbling out.
The tears do tumble down my face,
the one who doesn’t cry.
Or perhaps I’m riding my bike on a cool summer evening, or walking beneath the stars.
Empty streets, and she awake,
the one who walks alone.
Maybe I’m in the supermarket, or listening to birds outside.
Little birdie out my window,
chirping, calling, “Come and play!”
Whatever it is, those first two lines are the key to the rest of the poem. They will either make or break it… Continue reading
I used to think I couldn’t write poetry. To me, poetry has always meant rhythm and rhyme (versus free verse), and I didn’t think I had it in me. As I have continued to write more and more, however, I have found that, maybe, I was wrong.
Overall, Shift is not a blog about poetry. It’s a blog about travel and ideas and perspective. I still have much to share, and I am loving the conversations arising out of posts such as “Success, or Something Like It” and “Let There Be Light.” But, as my tagline aptly states, the only thing constant is change, and that’s true for writers, too. We all go through phases, and I hope readers don’t mind that I am now also sharing some of my poetry.
Recently, I created a “Poetry” section for my menu to make locating my poetry a bit easier. In doing so, I remembered one of my favorite quotes from one of my literature classes in college. This led me to looking up more quotes on poetry, and, voilà, this post appeared. Continue reading