9 thoughts on “Poet’s Dilemma

  1. I’ll admit that this is a terrible thing that can happen. I used to write a lot of happy love poems, suppressing my terrible past and pain, until somebody who in some uncanny way lived the same life that I did found my first blog. After that I was so irritated, I actually did write an antithesis to one of their poems, and had another breakdown. But when I came back and wrote again, I started drawing from my own life, and started finding myself in worse situations, but grew as a poet. But now it might just be too late to recover. I can’t remember things, and I’m physically not well too. I can’t even remember most of the people I knew here once. So, just a few more poems, and then I think I’ll go to a mountainside and see something beautiful after a long time. You are using a metrical system aren’t you? I’m just too jaded to look into it now. I know this part is on the technical side, and I apologise for the long comment.

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    1. I hear you. No apologies necessary. I’m not using a metrical system, just writing what comes, free verse mostly if it happens to rhyme or have some metrics to it, then it’s natural mostly.

      As for what you’re describing, the online world and the real world are very different. I show my poetry to those I am closest to, and especially in a romantic relationship. I don’t hide old poems that might be hard for the person to digest. It was who I was at the time and may still be. If they can’t work with that, I guess it’s an issue. Also if they see past love poems for someone else and don’t know how to deal with it. It shouldn’t be that way, because I write everyday and could be feeling that way in one moment, and as my life shows me, a different way the next.

      Keep writing, write about whatever you feel, what is deepest inside of you. That is what has helped me feel better in many ways. It’s not a fix all, but it gives voice to those things where before they were caged.

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  2. We are the sum of all our past relationships and interactions, even those we have with our environments. Non of us can contain our words and art, else we would never write. I love this, Emily!!!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Alex! You would think people would be okay reading your poetry, but sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes they overanalyze it and make it personally about them. Even when they weren’t in your life at the time. If anything, someone I’m with needs to embrace it. When I find someone to write forever poems for, the past ones will just be that… memories.

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      1. You are welcome, Emily. I had that discussion recently with another poet. It’s crazy how people interject themselves into our poetry. I’ve had people message me and ask if my poetry was for them and I said: narcissistic much? 🙂 Yes, we write from all aspects of our lives, past and present and we do not control which thoughts arise at the moment. People need to learn that the world does not write only for them 🙂

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  3. Exactly!!! There’s no timeline either. I could be writing about something that really bothered me from months ago, but just barely had the courage to express today… it could be gritty, too. It is what it is!

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