I have been writing poems and short stories for years, some of which I have published independantly. I also blog. Writing is a loved hobby.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
— Robert Frost
Those Pesky But Relevant Questions
Here's a question, "Do you have to be a traveler in order to be a good writer?"
How about, "Do you have to experience Love and Heartache in order to write a Love Story?"
Or, "Do you have to be old and weary with the world at large to be able to account for your life’s experience and make it believable? What about tragedy, do you have to experience one in order to justify your telling about one? Do you have to be a mother to write about Home and Child Nurturing? Is Marriage a strict condition in order to write about Fidelity and Spousal Partnership?”
So the questions are asked, which can be quite annoying when all you want is to say your piece but such inquiries are putting a halt to the whole process.
Well, do I, and is it?? I do not know.
I just know that the written words are my friends, and I find that I express myself better with my pen and paper than by speaking. I have thoughts and imaginations, beliefs and opinions, I have a story I want to tell. I have the drive and the passion to write them down, so why not? So I will ‘speak’ in this way, because I have found my ‘voice’, and hope that someone will listen without judging me my lack of `experience’.
I do admit though, that having gone through a certain experience can help you to expound more on it; not necessarily in a better way, just more.
However, ultimately, maybe, we don’t need the experience; maybe we just need empathy. Emotion is key.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
— Saul Bellow
Emotions Inspire Poetry Inspires Writing
I remember a time when I was feeling forlorn and lonely because my personal life was going through a rough patch. It seemed then, that everything I felt inside just bubbled to the surface, and I had to separate myself from everyone. Tears, no one must see them. It had been a long day, and an even longer night.
At the witching hour, when everyone else except for me was asleep and the only sound heard was the tick-tock of the ancient grandfather clock in the living room, I wrote a poem. I poured all that I was feeling at the time into my poetry.
This is a good example of when emotion got the best of me, and I came up with some of my best poems, even if I do say so myself.
MY GOOD NAME
Writing all my pains away,
Trying to make it through the day,
finding a way to make joy stay
….but what shall I say?
Trying to survive this pain,
Upon this bed I am lain,
My thoughts drifting in vain
stumbling through mind’s dark plain.
Oh what shall I do?
Can I find comfort from you,
When all is coming through
In sorrow and rue?
(..continued, see link)
Believe it or not, that was a release. Just writing that made me feel better, at least about myself. There is no failure when one acknowledges that one is, after all, human and feels.
You can read the rest of the poem here
- Poetry : My Good Name
Even if I have nothing else, I would still have my name.
Your Greatest Works
Emotions, experiences, all which is in your life, can inspire your greatest works. Do not be afraid to get in touch with your feelings.
However, at the root of it, you must have authenticity. As a certain young niece of yours truly is apt to remind everyone, "Do not be overly dramatic!" This, coming from the drama queen herself. As you continue on your penning journey, never forget, have empathy.
Be honest with yourself, and be opened with your expressions.
As Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.”
© 2020 Lynne Samuel
Lynne Samuel (author) from Malaysia on November 02, 2020:
Thank you, John, for your encouraging words.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 02, 2020:
You make very good points here, Lynne. I read your poem ‘My Good Name’ recently, and it is very good too. Thank you for sharing.