Then, you forgot yourself and your worries. You began to enjoy the game and have fun. When it was all over, you felt a sense of accomplishment for taking a risk and joining the big kids. Yes, they truly wanted you in the game. In fact, they saw strengths and abilities in you that your fears had over-ridden.
On 73 Ways to Become a Better Writer, Mary Jaksch suggests attempting different genres of writing. Poetry is one genre that I'm not comfortable with - neither reading nor writing. So, why not start there?
In a recent post to Kayt Hoch, I commented:
AuntieStress: @poetwist One of these days I may be brave enough to take u up on ur poetry challenge! :)
Kayt Hoch punctuates the day with daily tweets of encouragement which help us prod our inner poet.
Yesterday, she tweeted the following prompt to the Twitterverse.
Add your voice :-) word prompts & new poetry each weekday – today's word: curtain – looking forward to reading your tweet! #poetwist ∞∞
My hesitant but "go for it anyway" tweet:
@poetwist Will send u my first foible...playing with the "big kids" now! :) Why I'm making it public is beyond me! :~o
Followed by my first public attempt at poetry in a number of years. Many, many, years!:
AuntieStress @poetwist Stress closes the curtain of joy/Light♥edness is heavily-weighted /Is this what u wish 2 destroy?/A catastrophe abated
Promptly cheering me on, Kayt replied with:
@AuntieStress thanks for joining in :-) pushing the boundaries & risking a bit is palm sweaty for everyone - way to go for it!!
And a compliment on my very public poetic tweet:
@AuntieStress very nice write! excellent opening line - 'curtain' of joy is a wonderful turn of phrase - thought provoking message too!
The interesting part to me was the process. I knew I wanted to venture out of my comfort zone and a tweet is a perfect place from which to fly - only 140 characters, plus Kayt was gently pushing me out of the nest.
Once I committed myself to writing a 140 character poem, it happened in mere minutes. That's the power of the heart. It's the strangest and most wonderful of feelings! The words seemed to appear out of nowhere - it's almost a sense of not thinking, or perhaps, more aptly, not trying to think.
As I continue to transform my stress and balance my nervous system by using the power of the heart, I experience this flow on a more frequent basis. It's what cortical facilitation is all about - the quietening of the fear-based "noise," in order to be able to hear and convey the true essence of what you want to say.
Finally, in a further email discussion, Kayt had this to share, "I can relate too, to the description of your process - I am an intuitive artist/writer - the initial work is more like a channel opening than me actually 'deciding' to 'do' anything. After that of course comes the intensity of disciplined crafting, molding the raw material into a final product."
I feel privileged to be playing with the big kids! Thanks to Kayt for awakening our poetry palate and creating a space for us all to play and experiment!
Image courtesy of Paulo Correa