Discovering the Relevance of Words
Poetry has the unique power to unlock a part of yourself that you never knew existed. When you reach back into the deep recesses of your mind you begin to see yourself in ways you never have before. In some ways, for a moment, you become a character in your own story. Who is this person? Are these thoughts mine? Poetry causes you to question everything you know about the world, everything you know about yourself. It has the ability to fuse narrator and author and before you know it that child in the poem is you. He has your hair. He speaks with your voice. He says the things that you wish you could say. He does the things that you wish you could do.
Poetry offers us a chance to get lost inside of a world that we created from nothing. We become the all-powerful overseer. The characters in our stories are puppets. The dialogue, the dance, the danger, we create these things and force them upon imaginary beings because we can. I love poetry because it gives the writer a chance to open up completely. Before you know it you are immersed in an alternate reality. You can take a snapshot of your little corner of space and time and manipulate the universe as you see fit.
Have you ever wanted to wipe your slate completely clean and return to absolute zero? Through poetry, a human being has the ability to “change his stars” (A Knight’s Tale reference). When you pick up your pencil, you hold that ability in your hand. For those moments, when your mind is open, you’re creating something that no one has ever created before. You’re giving yourself the chance you always dreamed of. You exist in the moments that you want to exist in. Poetry is in every word and every image. You can immerse yourself in it and emerge a different person.
When you write poetry, you create. You alter the world in ways that you will never realize. You change yourself forever.