Monday, February 23, 2015

I Write Poetry

I've been spending some time looking through old college papers and essays recently.  It's amazing to see how far I've come since then, and how different some of my opinions are now.  It's also a little sad that I barely remember writing most of these papers! 

I'm especially interested in the pieces I wrote for my creative writing class.  Apparently I wrote a lot of poetry back then, something I don't think I've done since.  Some of it isn't too bad, and some reminds me why I don't write poetry much anymore. 

Here's a piece that actually isn't too bad.  It was based on a writing prompt we were given:


I write poetry because it is one of the only safe addicting vices.

I write poetry because I don’t have the patience to write a whole novel.

I write poetry because I am free of societal constraints.

I write poetry because emotions are condensed and easily categorized.

I write poetry because I have been forever changed by Louisa May Alcott’s “My Beth” in Little Women.

I write poetry because no one understands the real me.

I write poetry because one day my little words will help another express her emotions.

I write poetry to help others feel and remember.

I write poetry because I always want to remember.

I write poetry because the hurt will eat me up inside if not set free.

I write poetry because it is more permanent than a single tear.

I write poetry because words can span the miles and hearts.

I write poetry because it gives my soldiers something to take their minds off the desert.

I write poetry because I am too shy to speak how much I love you.

I write poetry…just because.



Do you ever go back and look at writings from your younger years? What have been your reactions to them?