I remember especially enjoying the poetry unit in my AP English class senior year of high school. I liked the challenge. I liked how wise I felt when I gleaned some deeper truth from a poem. I was intrigued by how an author could use so few words to fill so much space. I also liked that the readings didn’t take as long as the novels we were usually assigned.
But I haven’t given much thought to poetry since.
Then I had a friend tell me how she reads poetry as a form of meditation and prayer. At first I was perplexed. Then it dawned on me that the Psalms are poems. And music is lyrical poetry. (I know, duh! I just hadn’t given the connection much thought before.) I have another friend who has been writing lots of his own poetry. And an old friend recently got in touch with me for the first time in a long time and he’s studying it at the graduate level. Then, just the other day, Seth Godin led me to this incredible TED Talk by spoken-word poet, Sarah Kay.
So lately, I’ve been thinking about poetry. It keeps emerging from conversations I have and emails I’m sent and articles I read. What has become the natural extension of my realizations are to explore them more through writing. And so over the next few days I’m going to post some poems I’ve come across as of late and what they mean to me. I’ll ponder why and how they hit me and what I think that says about life.
If there’s a particular poem you’re thinking I’d enjoy, please send it my way!