The writing of poetry is an artistic form of expression eliciting deeper feelings and emotions which is written about any subject. The art form of poetry is creating poetic words with an expressive personal style. Becoming a true poet is a growth process; however, there is something deeper inside waiting to be expressed. What inspires poetry writing? Is it a build-up of ideas or do poetic thoughts spontaneously appear?
Sit in a room and look around you or take a walk and look at the path. What do you see? Is there something that reminds you of the past? That old wooden toy or an old letter from a loving relative who is no longer with you. All of this is your inspiration. I was actually inspired to write a poem called “The Shadow” while waiting in a dentist’s waiting room. While observing everyone around me some people were reading magazines, some were talking, and others just sitting there.
It was important for me to somehow question their movements and expressions, but then I sensed a cohesiveness in the waiting room. Everyone appeared to have a shadowy existence. They were existing in their own reality while maintaining a separateness from all others. The focus was on what they all had in common. In this case, the shadow, which could not be seen, but is hidden. A shadow is much like the real self which remains hidden but becomes exposed under certain conditions.
My life experiences and years of employment, people skills, and sales skills have given me a better understanding about observing and interacting with people. While writing “The Shadow”, I did not actually stare at anyone, but looked quickly around with notebook and pen in hand; then, the thought about what we can’t see, the shadows, entered my head. This is how I sometimes write poetry, but this is only one way.
Inspiration to write poetry can come to you when you least expect it, and it is often better when you are not even looking for something to inspire you. Just let it come. Observe people and life around you. We realize that a common situation can be very inspiring to a poet, because something is there which takes us beyond our normal experiences. It is all a matter of just using your senses and going beyond what you see. It is what influences and touches you on a spiritual level, and this is why we are more than shadow.
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