The Melancholy Spitfire

When I started blogging in 2011, my first blog title was ‘The Melancholy Spitfire’. I didn’t write much on that blog, and took a long break after deleting it. I regret that I did, I had some good entries there, now lost forever. When I mustered up the courage to start another blog, I named it ‘Wounds to Feel’, and as the blog progressed and I felt myself becoming healthier, I changed the name to ‘Wounds to Seal’, then ‘Wounds to Dispel’.

A blog name is something very personal, a change from one blog to another is a personal decision too. I didn’t feel I wanted to have posts available from a time in my life that was dark and murky. I prefer poetry mainly as opposed to diary entries. Poetry speaks to a wider audience, and not every detail of a situation needs to be explained. Finding this out has given me a sense of freedom and catharsis, choosing words that speak to my experiences and also feeling them flow through me and onto the page.

After talking with a friend and fellow poet, I decided I wanted to go back to ‘The Melancholy Spitfire’. I suppose I’ve hidden from her in my life too often, attempting to find words that are more widely accepted, but deep down she’s always there. She has been a nemesis, but now I acknowledge her place in my life.

All of my blogs have been WordPress based, with the same background image on each one. I can’t part from the image of a woman, eyes closed, hair flowing in the breeze, with all of the thoughts floating around and out of her head. That’s how I interpret it, at least.

I’m very grateful for the community here. I’m grateful for the words you all have expressed. I am not always able to read as much as I would like, but I do read your work. It has effected me positively, and encouraged me to keep writing. I’ll never stop.

Emily

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