Listening to every heart
Croyles, I wish I had "stuck to my passion" early on in life as you are doing. Art, whether it be poetry, or painting, or composing...is not only within, but acquired. True, there are some natural talents...and their words seem quite off the cuff; but we do not know how long it takes them to compose their poem, when they seeminly "whip a poem out" to share with all of us.
When I came to Passions almost five years ago, I was simply overwhelmed! And, I'm number 000193 on the counter. Look at our Passions' numbers now, and you can see how much this "little" site has grown! As you very well know, we have poets from all around the world joining in...
Man! Did I feel inadequate early on. [Tell you a little secret...shhhh....I still do!] But, there is an art to persistence, and sticktoitiveness, too.
Join us in the Poetry workshop, where your talents and mettle will be pushed; go into Critical Analysis, shed the thin skin, and you will soon learn to listen to the positives, accept the negatives, and hone your skills. [I truly know thin skin...but I'm getting better, thank you... ]
Then, go to a budget book store where they sell the old books; find some good buys on the classics, and read. Get away from the computer, and speak the poems out loud.
Believe me, after a while, it all starts making sense...
and it's a beautiful feeling...when you finally get the nuances, the assonance, the alliteration, the rhyme and meter. If you think your reading is "off", find a friend who shares your passion, and have them read.
I can read aloud my own poetry, and it sounds hard and crass; I give it to my poet-friend, and she reads it beautifully!
Join a "real life" poetry group; engage in April, as it is poetry month...I am sure there is a reading somewhere around your neck of the woods this month. Search it out...
and most of all? Don't give up. Ever!
Karilea - if I whisper, will you listen? Keeping in mind, I must stand close...