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Poetry

I used to write poetry.

I used to paint
what I saw, what I felt,
with words.

I used to ohsocarefully decide
where to make
line breaks,
where to place the words and
punctuation marks.

I used to consider my word choices
for days,
weeks,
making sure each word, each phrase,
was just so.

I used to read and analyze and discuss
poetry and literature
using BIG words to describe
deep concepts intended or
unintended
by the author.

I used to draft
write
re-write
revise
my own concepts and thoughts,
my own emotions and feelings
until I conveyed what I wanted
the way I wanted.

I used to agonize over rhyme
schemes, the rhythm of phrases, the
sounds of words,
the structure of content,
figures of speech,
poetic license.

I used to so strongly
need
to write poetry
from my heart, from
my head, from my
soul.

I used to need to express thoughts
in that manner.
In this manner.

I realize now
I still need to write poetry.

Comments

Charisse said…
I suspect you kinda know I'm with you 100%!!! I've been working on ways to pull little bits into the interstices of my daily routine, since with kid and serious dayjob the whole time to be artistic issue is tough. It's hard. But worth it I think. Keep it up!
-goofydaddy said…
I used to write songs, in my head

then when I'd get home, they'd still be there and I'd be able to write em down and figure em out on the guitar.

now I'm lucky if I have time to shave.

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