This semester, I’m taking Intro to Creative Writing, and over the course of the semester we will be covering poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
We’re almost finished with our Poetry section. I’ve loved it so much. It’s so much fun to create something and get feedback the very next week. I love getting to discuss our work in class, and seeing reactions and actually hearing the voices of people who have read my work. At first, it was nerve-wracking; sharing the first poem was like cutting out a piece of my soul and distributing it to the class, saying, “I hope you like it?”
But now these strangers have become a family, and we joke and laugh and help each other grow, and I’ve already seen us mature as writers in the short time we’ve had together.
I’m discovering that I really like poetry, and while I don’t see myself ever becoming a famous poet someday, I think it’s teaching me a lot about writing.
Anyways, without further ado, I’d like to share some of my work with you. Hope you enjoy it as much I as did writing it.
Ode to Reading
Eyes closed, mind gone.
In a land far away, though not for long.
“One more chapter,” I plead, eyes wide,
“I’ll read more tomorrow night,” Dad replies.
Flip the page, the next chapter starts.
I’m reading on my own, filling my heart.
A Magic Tree House whisks me away,
And I live in a Little House on the Prairie.
Snow days with dragons and mugs of hot cocoa,
Summer nights up late; quiet so parents won’t know.
Fictional friends and fantastic worlds
Never knowing what the sequel will hold.
Now I’ve traded stories for textbooks and cocoa for coffee
But not even college homework can stop me.
My friends will wait while I finish my essays
They’ll lay wait in their pages, waiting for calmer days.
A shelf full of books, whispering quietly
Soon I whisper back, smiling thoughtfully.
Isn’t it crazy how these friends seem real?
I can see what they see, and feel what they feel.
There’s so much more I could say with this poem, but –
I’m reading a book.
My friends court Death.
I’m dying to see if they live.
Perhaps I’ll write more when they’re safe at home.
If you’d like me to share more of my work, let me know and I will! Hope you all are having an awesome week of writing.
P.S. The “book” mentioned in the last stanza was Empire of Storms by Sarah J Mass. It’s a phenomenal 5th book of the Throne of Glass series. So much laughter, and tears, and holding my breath, and screaming, and squealing in delight. Review coming? Maybe? Maybe.