Try Your Hand at Poetry

by Sarah Tun

Three reasons to write poetry:

 to get the creative juices flowing

  1. to connect with literary journals as possible publishing outlets
  2. to be encouraged because a little bit of publication can bring a lot of joy!

I’m sure you can find others.

 Be motivated:

 Have you ever tried writing poetry? Or is it something perhaps you did long ago but never took yourself very seriously? Nothing is ever wasted with GOD.

I used to dabble. Over the last couple of years I started to write again, sometimes writing from scratch and at other times, digging out things I’d already written and tweaking.

In the last 18 months I’ve had about a dozen things published; a series of poetry written after a mission trip 15 years ago and tweaked this summer is going to appear in a literary journal next month. So far I’ve not been paid financially, but it’s been a great joy, and a celebration with friends, to share some pieces I’m very pleased with.

So I’d like to encourage you too. And in case you need a gentle nudge, here are some things you could consider including. Poetry today ranges from prose typed as poetry, to truncated language, to just about anything that is moody and descriptive and profound…

Rhyming couplet:

“Singing signals the Joy of Life

Moping only the gloom of strife;

To bring new life to a soul — with music and laughter

A poem inspires hope to son and daughter….”

NO, poetry does not have to rhyme, and often when it does it seems trite.

How about Onomatopoeia:

“The sizzling bacon filled the house

with scents so fragrant, made my sinus ache….”

Whatever you might think to write, or for whatever reason, your poetry may be for many eyes — or none but your own. Yet, this is something you can play with. And you may really experience some fun!

Poetry can make perfect sense: cool and clear and dispassionate. Or it can burn into your mind with raw emotive turbulence. It is a way to get creative juices flowing, a way to turn the tide on your frustrations, a way to move toward a new direction, just for a moment, to bring new life to your writing experience.

Have you ever put your hand to poetry?

Perhaps it’s time to play with words; it’s time to find a new way to start your writing day.

Consider: Poetry is not just for Christmas Cards. It’s for LIFE🙂

And if you have delved into poetry, what has been your experience?

Sarah Tun is an author, developmental editor as well as a professional voice for voice overs and narrations. She is a vendor partner here at Christian Authors Community & Services.

© Sarah Tun

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22 thoughts on “Try Your Hand at Poetry”

  1. I have been teaching a weekly poetry class for four and a half years now, and quite enjoy it. My two books of poetry are kind of my best-sellers. If you want to learn from a master of rhyme and scansion, read the hymns of James Montgomery. They stun me every time I read or sing them.

    1. Absolutely. And especially to the Japanese. I gather it is an important part of their culture. As for yours, I think never to underestimate the value of your work… God’s gifts are so varied and one piece of a writing career is a springboard for many others. Not to mention that we tend to be our own worst critics. I wonder if you pulled out some of that historic effort, you wouldn’t have some fun!

  2. Hi,
    My name is Kevin Crookes and I am a poet/Children’s book author.
    Here is my website URL so that you can read more about me.

    http://www.kdcrookes.com

    I’m fortunate that I can write a poem about any subject that I am given.
    I think that it is my gift from GOD and I believe very much in this sentence;

    Your talent is God’s gift to you.
    What you do with it is your gift back to God.

    I also help and entertain children all around the world through my Skype in the Classroom sessions and to date I have travelled 214,000 virtual miles to 13 different countries and I have completed 67 sessions.

    I love having my talent and like helping people with their writing.

    Kind Regards,

    Kevin

  3. I had a book of poetry published about 6 years ago. It hasn’t done well as far as numbers of sales, but hopefully, the readers of it are blessed by my experiences in marriage, “Granny’s Guide to Marriage in Verse.” I am presently working on a possible book titled, “For God Seekers- Healing Thoughts and Prayers.” It can be viewed in its beginning stages on my blog, jean-oathout.blogspot.com

    1. Bless you, Jean.

      I’ve wondered about putting some of my poems into a book. Just pondering it so far.
      For others reading, do you want to share more about your experience of producing such a book? I’m sure it would make interesting and helpful reading.

  4. I have been published in London’s South Bank Poetry magazine and was recently shortlisted in a Writing Magazine competition. I have been writing poetry since I was six years old and still have my old illustrated notebook containing poems about animals!

  5. I love writing poems. They are usually a therapeutic process for me. A way to let out emotions and feelings I can’t share with anyone. Other times they are simply an ode to the season like “Season of Love” one I wrote last summer . It’s definitely an effective exercise in creative word play and helps with other writing projects. Thanks for this lovely reminder, Sarah.

  6. Great article, Sarah. Long before I knew I was a writer, I wrote poetry. True. I was too bashful to talk to girls so I wrote poems when I was 14. That was the primer that propelled me into writing everything from magazine articles, to non-fiction, fiction, and children’s books. Writing totally consumed me. Recently I published a book Thoughts for Deep Thinkers and Fellow Space Travelers. This came from journaling things that God taught me going through different things in life. I didn’t know until a few years ago that poetry didn’t have to rhyme. As I’ve work with poets who struggle to get their poetry published, I have become very grateful for the time we live in when a poet can get her work published easily through Amazon KDP. This is one of the many reasons why Authors Community exists–to help writers get that poetry into the hands of readers.

    Blessings,

    Tom

    1. Indeed, publishing books of poetry is now possible!! And Literary Journals are great too! A great read and a great place to have your work seen, and to use to promote a book of poetry.

      I find myself right now, teaching primary children (I’ve become a school governor recently) elements of poetry which includes rhyme but does not have to contain rhyme. Why teach it? I’ve seen too many creative people ‘stuck’ thinking they have to find a rhyme. Poetry is deeply significant thought and impression, created and shared using words as sensory scapes, but sometimes become trite if sticking to rhyme as a necessary part of poetry. That thinking is debilitating. Hence, I’m seeing to encourage children to learn to express using poetry, without necessarily being tied to rhyme. Thanks for sharing Tom.

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