Monday, 4 April 2016

Poetry Efforts #1 (Day Four)

This was completely unplanned but I ended up writing two haikus today :) 



8 comments:

samara said...

:D Now I get to compliment your poetry!! :D I looove the juxtaposition of peace and violence in the water - that's part of why it makes me existential.

And I love watching you become more confident :)

Michaela Szczepanski said...

I shall be honest-my initial thought was "urrgghhh poetry, don't be that kind of barn owl!" but then I realised this was because I have no poetry in my cold hard soul and that this is a deep seated character flaw (and probably not helped by being forced to study the works of that Larkin fellow who blamed his parents for everything. It can't be entirely their fault that he was a pompous melodramatic jackass?) In conclusion- if I was capable of liking poetry I'm sure I would like yours. That is the highest praise I can bestow.

Michaela Szczepanski said...

Actually I remembered in my sleep this morning that unbelievably I too once wrote a poem! Well "poem" might be a bit of a stretch- more an angry tirade that happened to rhyme in places, and the final stanza was mainly the word "DIE!" It was entitled Ode to a Tomato That I Accidentally Ate in a Chicken Sandwich Claiming to be Tomato-Free but Wasn't because Tomatoes Sneak into Things with Intent to be Evil and Cause Me Distress.

Hamlette said...

I love haiku! Your second one reminds me of me :-)

Hannah said...

Samara - I'm just getting around to replying to a bunch of comments. Your compliment on this meant a lot to me even though I didn't say anything at the time. Thank you so much! :)

Michaela - "Don't you be that kind of barn owl?!" Have you been rewatching Buffy lately? ;)

I've grown to love poetry. I don't enjoy reading poems as much as I do great prose and there aren't a whole lot of poets that I know reeeally well - I'm more of a "greatest hits" type of poem reader if that even makes sense? - but I love seeing how people can put words together to beautiful effect, I like the conciseness of poems, and I love how emotional they can be. In many ways I think poetry is the purest celebration of words and language.

Hamlette - Thanks! And yeah, when I was younger I was told by well-meaning people that my shyness was a bad thing that would hold me back in life but that didn't make the shyness magically go away. It just made me feel bad about myself. But now that I've finally begun to accept that it's okay to be shy and awkward, that it's not something that I have to fight against, and that it's actually something that people can see as endearing and beautiful. And it's the best feeling and has ironically made me less shy! Hence the poem :)

Hamlette said...

Yes, I had the same thing happen to me. My mom is not at all shy, and it drove her nuts that I was, so she would well-meaningly tell me things like, "You know everyone here -- you don't have to be shy," or "You'd have more fun if you weren't being shy." Happily, my dad is much more shy than my mom, so he was pretty understanding and would stand up for me if he was around when she did that. He eventually helped me see it's not a character flaw or a disease I need to cure.

Hannah said...

Hamlette - Isn't self-acceptance just the best?! :D

Hamlette said...

It is! It takes a long time to learn what we can change, what is part of our personality, and what we need to keep struggling against. Shyness is not a sin.