Something new I picked up recently is poetry. Well, new in the last 15 years I should say.
As a teenager, poetry lived in my blood. I used to write pieces quite frequently. In fact, my thoughts were always best expressed in poems. It was a no brainer if you think about it. As an English Lit student, it was only natural for me to develop an interest in Elizabethan poets like Wordsworth or Marlowe, or later romantics like Shelley and Keats. And be fascinated with more modern poets like Sylvia Plath or Kamala Das (Indian poet, I had the good fortune of meeting her in person ).
A Poetic Secret
Plus I have always felt better when getting those words out in a piece of paper. That’s just the way I was wired I guess. Even to this day, writing works for me- poetry or prose, it doesn’t disappoint.
So it was a pleasant surprise when I picked up my pen to write this past January and some poetry tumbled out! Not at all what I was expecting. It was like they were looking for an opening to rush out of me all these years later. And the moment finally came. It was joyful and liberating. The realization that I still got it was empowering.
Next thing I knew, my fingers and soul were in a feverish frenzy to write them all down. Almost like long lost star-crossed lovers rendezvous. Poetry kept coming and I had my arms open for a warm embrace.
It hasn’t stopped ever since. And I hope it may never. I can get used to this loving secret stash of beautiful words I didn’t know I had in my heart always. It bought light into my life so had to christen this second coming as The Lighthouse Poetry.
I thought a lot about sharing this on my blog. Since January this year, I have always kept my poetry separate from my blog. Not sure why I did that, but guess I wasn’t ready to merge the two. But now something tells me time has come to be transparent. As a practitioner of Self-care to the T, it is imperative that I put all my cards on the table.
What gives me joy?
It ultimately boils down to that. Much like the self-care principles, the decision should come from a place of love. The decision to shine your light, step into the truth and embrace who you really are.
And this is the other part of me. Poetry.
I am happy that I will finally be able to share my pieces with you all. And it is my hope that in the next year or two, I will have my first poetry collection published. Fingers crossed.
I do have an Instagram page but not quite ready to put it out here yet. I know, weird. But standby until I gather strength to give it away as well.
For now, I aim to post one piece every Saturday. You should know poets are so unsystematic, so don’t count on that yet 😉
I would love to know what you think about my poetry.
With love, Vinma
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