Poetry : What does it mean?
When you hear the word “Poetry”, what comes to your mind?
A literary composition? Some lines put together that rhyme? Or do you like to go for the dictionary meaning and look for the academic aspects like form, type, word count and whatnot. Does it remind you of your favorite poet? Or maybe that one poem that you wrote back in school and had to read out in front of the whole class?
If everything that rhymes is a poem, are your favorite songs some sort of poem too? But then again, that poetry page you follow on instagram just posts few lines in a post and seems more like a quote. Is that really a poem too? They don’t even rhyme though.
To each their own
It seemed like a simple question, didn’t it? So how did we get here?
The answer is quite simple actually and it is that nothing is quite as simple as it seems to be. There are six billion people on earth and not one of them is the same as the other. So, the way I see it., there is no fixed answer to anything anymore. And it’s especially true when it comes to human emotions and our thought process.
So, I think poetry is what you think it is. Whatever your heart feels is poetry. Don’t you think that beautiful sunset that makes your heart so calm every time you see it, is nature’s poetry?
You are the poet and your feelings, the poem.
What it means to me…
For me, poetry is the freedom to be me. A way to connect., to share my opinions, my feelings. No one is right or wrong. No one is better than anyone else. We are all a complete masterpiece in ourselves. But it is so hard to connect with people nowadays.
They say internet connects people from all around the world at all times and while that is true, I also feel like it’s getting harder and harder to actually connect with people. A heart-to-heart with your loved one over a cup of tea in the early morning is just not the same as chatting through phones with each in our separate rooms.
I feel like people are sometimes so caught up in the virtual world that they can’t even see the person standing next to them. And in all this, how is a person supposed to pour his/her heart out to another soul?
In that soul crushing loneliness, people seek a way to be heard, a way to let it out. Some people paint, others find comfort in music. For me, that escape is Poetry. And I think it’s true for a lot of people out there and I don’t mean just poets. Maybe you just write in your diary or maybe you just like to read poems.
One thing we have in common is that we feel the emotion behind it and we’re looking to connect. Some looking for comfort and others to give support.
But as long as what you seek in poetry is that connection with emotions and the deepest thoughts that cross the minds of all the people around the world, this is the right place for you because that’s exactly what I created this blog for.
So what are you waiting for?
Let’s begin the journey...