National Poetry Writing Month

It’s April, which means it’s time for National Poetry Writing Month! If you aren’t familiar with it, then go ahead and click here. This project devotes a whole month to writing poetry every day, which sounds super creative, but honestly, a little daunting to me. I figured that I’ll just try to challenge myself to come up with some poems that are not too terrible and post them here and there throughout this month. Maybe two per week. I might also go through my old journals and the documents saved on my computer to see what poetry I’ve written in the past that might be worth using here.

Some of the best poems I’ve read have such different styles and come from very different times in history. Truth be told, though, I don’t really read poetry all that much. However, I recently read a collection of poems by Rupi Kaur in her Milk and Honey anthology. One poem titled “Wilting” really resonated with me. Although it was meant to be about a breakup, it spoke to me on a deep, emotional level with regards to the passing away of my older brother due to cancer.

I also just finished reading some haiku poems about love by Tyler Knott Gregson. He is one of the most romantic contemporary poets I’ve ever read. I have too many favorites from this collection titled All the Words Are Yours, but if I were to narrow them down, I’d choose the first one listed under the photo in this article and the 1st and 5th ones shown in this article. A couple of years ago, I read another collection of his poetry and wrote this review on it.

To get my month of poems started, here’s a poem I wrote a few years ago. I couldn’t even think of a title for it (and still can’t), that’s how bad I am at poetry.

Journeys of the heart and mind
Rarely seem to coexist, 
But you must keep persevering.
If you think about it,
Life really makes no sense at all;
You just have to have faith and courage.

As always, thanks for stopping by. ❤

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