Poetry is an art form, like sculpture, like music, like painting or pastels. Yet, it is also a meditation on one’s life, situations, and a way of forming humility. The stress of everyday life can have a disillusioning and anemic effect on creativity; however, it is by writing poetry that I have found that can relieve anxiety and heal emotional wounds. Poetry is a self-healing art form, one steeped in prestige that many are intimidated by at first.
I know many who write just for personal reasons. There are poems that I have written that will likely never see the light of day. They stay clouded in moonlight when I am awake at the witching hour. These poems are as much a part of me as my published work or my poems attempting to be published. A poem is never complete until there is nothing to take from or add to. It is sometimes a gift of a gracious subconscious and sometimes a malleable and difficult work to complete. But no poem comes out without a piece of the poet ingrained in its contents.
e.e. cummings once said, “Whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.” This holds true to all forms of feeling and outlets thereof. A poem is an artifact that will be viewed in the future as part of the poet. It may not receive worldwide success, or even communal praise, but a poem that is worth reading is one that was worth the writing and the joy/pain and emotional/literal meaning imposed upon it. e. e. cummings also said in a poem that one should, “Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” I hold this to be true, and view this as a driving phrase behind why I am a poet. The money is none, and success is never the goal. But how the reader is affected and grows, that is the reason why art exists. For all to grow to view the world as not just mundane experience, but beautiful and enriched in wonder that causes us to go beyond ourselves to see how we can change.