Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Caution: Emotions Hiding Within

When you start digging deep within yourself to write, and we're not talking about superficial stories that are fun to read, but rather the stuff you keep locked away in the deep reaches of your self (yes, that's two words), you're apt to open some doors you may rather have left closed.  Not that it's a bad thing to open these doors because a door goes both ways: the emotions you let out allow other emotions back in.  It's just that you may not be ready for what those doors have been carefully hiding, perhaps for years. 

I had the opportunity to scribe a poem recently: my first foray into the art form.  This wasn't like the short stories I've written before.  Those were intended to amuse or confuse the reader--simple little tales.  This one was all me, pulled deep from within.  I hadn't realized what I was writing or where it was coming from until I heard it read aloud.  I wasn't ready for the rush of emotions it unleashed.

Overall, this will be a cathartic experience, I think, and a learning one.  I can't tell anyone what they might experience in a similar situation; it's far too tied to self.  I will venture to inform, nascent writers, that when you're ready and willing to open a vein, not for the purposes of performing for an audience, not for the adoration, not for shock value, but for the sake of art itself, brace yourself: you're in for a surprise.


Joan Kremer said...


First, congratulations on your foray into poetry. Second, you are right on the mark about poetry pulling out the deep, even hidden emotions. At least that's been my experience. Writing poems often forces me to face my true feelings, unmasked by all the "cover-ups" I've been socialized into applying.

Thanks for the reminder; I think it's time for me to write some poetry!


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