I used to write quite a few poems although I never studied poem structures or anything so I don’t think they were “good” poems but it was nice to have an outlet to express thoughts / feelings / hopes / fears etc outside of a diary format, which I never really got into. This kind of writing has slipped away as I’ve become more focused on completing a novel.
However, last night standing on a platform waiting for a tube, some lines just popped into my head and I had to note them down in my phone. I thought I’d share them on here as well:
Playing mind games with myself
Whispering words I don’t dare say aloud
Searching for something I can’t see
Running from the fear of regrets that follows me.
I suppose the form of poetry is by nature far more personal than writing a novel and you have to be in the right frame of mind to write in that style. A poem explores your world where as a novel you focus on what your characters think and feel. Even if the characters are thinly veiled disguises of yourself, you can play God when writing a novel – you direct their life courses and make changes that are not possible in the real world where the universal lesson is nothing turns out the way you plan.
Sometimes you do just have to write what your heart or writing muse if that exists tells you to and go with the writing flow. I’d never give up fiction for poetry but it’s a nice form to explore when the mood takes me. My reflective mood continued for the rest of the journey so I played Adele’s 21 on my iPod to accompany me home.
Have you ever written poetry?