(Fellow poet and blogger Jenni De La Torre** not only gifts us with her poetry, but also talks about where it comes from. Read, enjoy, and show her some comment love!)
I gave my word to guest post for Sweepy Jean’s blog and when I commit to something, it has to be mind, body and soul. But when I agreed to write a poem, I almost immediately had an anxiety attack. You may be wondering why… Well, I will explain.
You see, even though I have been writing poetry for well over 20 years now (good grief, that made me feel old), I still tend to freak out when it comes time to write one. I suppose it’s because I believe that a poem is something that is felt–not something that can be mass produced in a matter of minutes.
Then I started thinking about my writing style. Those of you who know my poems recognize how much I struggle with the romantic aspect of poetry. For those of you who haven’t read them, feel free to check out a few poems that I humbly recommend or any of the many I have throughout my blog:
I am just not a frou-frou, happy-go-lucky, overly romantic girl and honestly, so far, it has worked out good for me. But, how can one be a guest poet on a site and not be expected to give the best damn love poem they could possibly write?
I could easily copy and paste any one of my poems from my blog, or grab an unfinished one that sits patiently in my email or word program waiting for me to bring it to life. But, I won’t! Because I would feel like I didn’t give my very best to you, the lovely readers of Sweepy’s blog. So without further adieu, I offer to you… my poem.
Yesterday I stood firmly
Today I sat wearily
Tomorrow I’ll kneel nobly
Forever I’ll speak fluently
of your love.
~Jenni De La Torre
— “Parting is such an arduous pain
I shall grieve thine essence ‘til we meet again.”
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