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Quest For Self Through Poetry

Updated on December 28, 2013
This picture was taken by Melody Wilson and Dwayne Elliott in Sussex County Delaware 2013.
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Poetry: A Quest Is Awaiting You

Poetry is an art that has been around for a long time. You can find beautiful poems in biblical books such as Psalms. Ancient texts found around the world has had fragments of poems written on them. Some people throughout human history has been known for their beautiful poems that seem to never go out of style. Poetry is something timeless that comes from within the author, onto paper, and into the spirits of the readers. It doesn't have to be rhythmic, extremely long, or about any certain topic. Poetry can literally be anything as long as it comes from the heart!

However, some people might think since they don't write they therefore cannot possibly produce a good poem. That isn't true at all! Poetry can be intimidating at times, but even the simplest poems can be beautiful! There are plenty techniques on how to write a good poem. But if you would like to write a poem that comes straight from your heart, then I know the perfect technique.

There are a few things to do before you begin though. Be on your computer with your word processor open and ready or have paper and pen. Sit comfortably but not so much where you want to fall to sleep. Its not necessary to have a quiet space to write, but it does help. I suppose it depends on how good you are at tuning the things around you out. If you want you can listen to some calming music, but nothing that will gain your attention too much. The thing here is to get both your mind and body ready to hear the words deep within yourself. So often in our world now days we don't get quiet time to just think. We often don't think about simple things, and are easily distracted. So try to clear your mind.

Are you ready? Okay, basically we're just going to write whatever comes to mind without stopping. The term I use for this is free writing. Just keep on writing no matter what. Even if it sounds stupid just keep going. Don't try to think of a subject or anything. Just write whatever comes first to your mind. It can literally be anything. For reference I will write a paragraph such as this, but yours doesn't have to be a paragraph. It can be two or three entire pages full. As long as you can, just write. There is no need to worry about typos. You can fix those later. For now you just want to get the words onto the paper.

I sit here on my hub page wondering what I'm going to write about. Who will see this? Who will read this? Will it change someones life or will they pass by with no second glance. I often worry about money lately and how my job is cutting hours. I often notice my mind wondering during the day. As if trying to escape. My cat just walked in the room. He's laying at my feet. How comfortable he makes me feel. Its chilly in this room. I guess that's because its December and the fan is on. I wonder why I always need the fan on?

See how silly some of that sounded? But some good stuff did come out of it though. I'll show you.

I sit here on my hub page wondering what I'm going to write about. Who will see this? Who will read this? Will it change someones life or will they pass by with no second glance. I often worry about money lately and how my job is cutting hours. I often notice my mind wondering during the day. As if trying to escape. My cat just walked in the room. He's laying at my feet. How comfortable he makes me feel. Its chilly in this room. I guess that's because its December and the fan is on. I wonder why I always need the fan on?

What I did there was go through it and underline anything that popped out to me. It may take a little time for you to decide what you want to keep and what you don't. It doesn't have to be entire sentences, and it doesn't have to be perfect. We as humans are not perfect. So lets put all of the underlined words together according to how it goes together and sounds.

Wondering

Who will see this?

Who will read this?

Will it change someones life

Or will they pass by

Worry

Money

My job

My mind wondering

Trying to escape

I wonder why

It may take a little time, but don't get frustrated. You don't have to separate yours like I did mine. Your free writing will be very different from mine. You have different things going on in your life, different trails, different circumstances. All of this will come out if you write without thinking long enough. I remember when I first did this. I was in my science class in middle school. My teacher was into poetry and he would always give us a break to get out all of our thoughts. He told us to just write down whatever came to mind no matter how angry, happy or sad. This is the first technique that got me into writing poetry. Its good for clearing your mind or getting things off your chest that you cannot in your normal life.

Goodluck! I hope all goes well for you in your free writing. May your quest for inner self be found! Happy Poetry Writing Everyone!

© 2013 Melody Wilson

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