I’m starting to type all of my old poems and save them on my jump drive so that I don’t lose the papers or they don’t start to fade.
I couldn’t help but laugh at myself, because I started writing and really keeping my poems together around 9th grade, so I will say around 2002-2003. So I am taking a serious flashback into my mindset about 12-13 years ago. Mostly all my poems were about love or any aspect of love (lost, infidelity, infatuation, fantasy, etc)….which is hilarious to me at the ripe age of 27.
First, what in the world did I know about temptations and infatuations at the age of 14? I tried to think back and wonder “was I writing about someone in particular?” I know I had a boyfriend, but I know myself. And I know that if those poems were about someone, I would be able to recall the moment I wrote them and the memories they were tied to. I read a lot of books back then as well, and I can tell that some of the way I was writing was drawing off experience I read about, saw on TV, or even possibly heard someone else talking about.
I know there are poems in the archives about my relationships, but I know these beginning ones weren’t it. All I can say is I am blessed to have had the imagination and creativity to write poems, and that in 13 years I have evolved to where I am now; more of a spoken word/prose poet and writer.
I can’t wait to continue to hone this craft and see where it takes me.