I believe they can.
Can you write a poem? I bet you can. For I believe everyone has the ability to write what they feel or think and put it into words that everyone can relate to.
We do it everyday, whether it be with our partner, children or the person waiting in the queue at the supermarket. We talk, discuss and share emotions with everyone we meet. we verbalise our thoughts putting them out there for all to hear.
Social Media is full of posts about all manner of topics. Politics, sport, movies, books, the list goes on and on.
So why then is Poetry and writing dressed up in so much snobbery.
I once asked a question on social media, do you need to be a prolific reader to be a good writer. Well I was certainly not surprised by the response, especially from authors.
Yes you must.... was the majority of the replies. How can you become a master of the craft of writing without reading.
Well I never said you shouldn't read and yes reading will help with grammar and structure and also give you ideas on character building etc etc... However, what about those who just tell good stories?
Centuries ago poems and stories were never written down, they were just told. There were few books available and most people couldn't read anyway. Yet children grew up with wonderful stories of Gods and Goddesses, heroes that fought monsters and dragons that breathed fire.
These were passed down by word of mouth through the generations, and some still survive today. It's probably why audiobooks are so popular today.
Take away all the snobbery and forget about what they teach in creative writing courses and use your head and write from your heart.
That is where the secret lies.
I have read poems that have won competitions and been praised highly for their construction and invention and thought, "Well I just don't understand what they are trying to say."
And yes that is the face I make.
It's all very good putting long words together that few people know the meaning of, and jumbling them up until they form something that resembles a piece of poetry that makes little sense to the average person and has no emotion or feeling at all.
Am I being harsh? Yes I probably am but think of it this way.
Pick your favourite song, something you listen too all the time, or one from the past when you were young or younger now try and sing it.... I bet you can remember at least some of the words and most probably all of the chorus. Why is that?
Well it's because it means something, it impacted when you heard it and still does today. Lyrics are just poems and many are really simple; but carry such thought and emotion that the words are ingrained in our memories forever.
They remind us of events in our lives loss, love, happiness and sadness. They tell stories...
And that is it in a nutshell.
I'm not saying I am right in anyway, I'm just stating what poetry means to me, and why I try and make my writing emotional, funny, sad, thought provoking and most of all SIMPLE...
I want everyone to be able to read my poems and understand what I am trying to say, to feel what I am trying to convey. I want them to laugh and cry along with me; but most of all I want them to be able to say, 'I get that it makes sense.'
Can anyone do that? Yes I think they can, it doesn't have to rhyme, it doesn't have to be long. You don't have to be a reader of poetry or books you just have to have a voice.
So I urge you to find your voice, think with your head and write from the heart.
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