I’m writing a book!

It seems almost silly to say. I’ve been writing a book…for years I guess. Starting all the way back to 2014, if not before.

You see, writing has always been a part of who I am, what I do, and how I can be in the world. So I’ve carried notebooks with me, jotting down thoughts here, ideas there, and words I love always.

So it’s really no wonder I would ever be a writer.

But at some point, I started to notice just how much I had written, and how much I wanted to tell. So when 2020 hit and I saw people around me struggling, my knee-jerk reaction was to write.

And you know the crazy thing? My words meant something. And people found meaning in them. My sister-in-law said her family got “hope and empowerment” from one of my poems. Others told me they needed somebody to “put words to what they were experiencing.”

I’ve always known all I ever wanted to do was be a writer. But I never really knew how I would actually be able to do it. I went to college, got a job, scribbled notes constantly, learned the industry, rebelled against it, but kept finding myself back here again and again.

With the words, and how they make people feel, and the power those words can hold.

I know we each can make a difference in this world.

My way is through my thoughts and writing.

Plus a strange understanding of rhythm and form.

All I’ve ever wanted was for someone, somewhere, to someday be able to read my words and underline them.

And maybe, just maybe, change the world….

But here’s the thing:

I can’t do it without you.

 

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Poetry with meaning

We want poetry that brings meaning to our lives.

We want poetry that helps us understand.

But we don’t want poetry that we can’t understand.

We want poetry that makes us think.

But we don’t want poetry that we have to think too much about.

We want poetry that cuts to the heart.

We want to believe that everything, even our everyday, has meaning.

We want to believe there is a connection that links us all.

We want to believe things happen for a reason.

We want to believe we’re all part of something bigger.

We want to believe there is something deeper than what we can see on the surface.

We want to believe there is something that unites us all.

A common experience.

A common goal.

A common interest.

A common faith.

A common purpose.

That we are all in this together.

That we all have a part.

That there is meaning, even in the unpredictability and chaos around us.

When we want poetry, we don’t want to have to jump through hurdles to find it. We need it to be there, waiting for us, and ready to give us meaning in our lives.

 

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