the redemption of writing from weakness

Though I had written plenty of poetry from the time I was a child, it wasn’t until I interned for the non-profit organization, Justice For All, that I really began to write poetry consistently. I had to. Writing poetry was my way of processing all that I took in as I was exposed to stories of injustice, pain, and suffering.

Writing from a place of weakness produces strong poetry. If you allow yourself to engage with your emotions, your words will be rich, and the poem will resonate with your readers.

It takes courage to write from a place of deep feelings, especially when the feelings are those of weakness. May it never be said that a poet was a coward.

{today’s prompt}

Courage is, in essence, to feel the fear and do it anyway. I challenge you to be courageous today. Take a minute to close your eyes and still your body. Think of a time you felt weak, and engage in that feeling, whether it’s sadness, depression, fear, anxiety…whatever comes to mind for you. Tap into the emotion of that experience, and let the poetry flow out. Create beauty from this place of ugly weakness, and redeem the experience.

Your poem may be short or long; it may or may not rhyme; it may look more like a short story than a poem. Let it be your own, and let this process of redemption strengthen you.

{my process and my poem}

It was hard to write this poem. It’s always hard to write poems from a place of weakness, but it’s worth it. Now when I look back on the circumstances that led to writing this poem, I see the beauty they produced instead of the ugliness that I felt at the time.

I didn’t know how much tiny drops of salt water could hurt
until I felt your tears.
I felt them on my cheek when I pressed my face against yours
and I cried too.
I held you and you held me, my salt water and yours mixing
stinging, throbbing.
How can this hurt so much? I thought the pain of the moment
was enough,
but reliving it with you hurts just as much as when the pain was
actually present.