Give your soul room to expand and shrink and expand again. Life is ebb and flow. It is rise and fall. The creative practice of poetry gives us an alley way into the nuance of living.
There are many ways to write poetry – structure, formed, metered, rhymed, and more. I tend more toward free verse, found poetry, and cut out poetry. For me poetry is another way to distill life and meaning without all the extra fancy things that get in the of the heart’s roots. The best advise: keep it simple. Say what you mean. Mean what you say in a way that invites the reader to explore the world with you. Write what is pressing. Pen what concerns you.
In your own practice, I encourage you to try new poetic forms. You just might find a new style that helps you express yourself even more. I’ve been thinking a lot about rest, and earlier today I penned these words. I think of them as blessing and prayer, not just poetry.
Oh, weary one
Lay down your burden
Lay down your cares
Throw off the weight of worry
You were made for grace and benevolent love
Shalom is for you
Pick up your peace
Wear His graceful presence like a crown
Oh, weary one
May your soul find deep rest
You were made for gentleness
Come and find rest.
Tell me your poetry stories. I’d love to hear them.
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.