Going over poetry study notes in class just before my final high school exam, I found myself learning in parrot fashion, the answers to probable questions. Poetry in Motion by Lorraine Candy.
Poetry in Motion by Lorraine Candy
It suddenly occurred to me that the text-book answers were just a guideline, a small group of people’s interpretation of what must be.
I re-read the poem again, this time reading it from my perspective and found a different interpretation. With my new-found clarity, I challenged my English Teacher and told him I disagreed with the text-book and that there is no right or wrong interpretation of the poem. He argued with me of course but I remained adamant that everyone who reads a poem will interpret it differently.
I wasn’t overly surprised when I received my exam results and found that I had failed because I did not adhere to “the rules”. Twenty six years later my opinion hasn’t changed at all and I still remember well, my teacher’s parting words, “Never stop arguing – one day you might be right”.
Poetry in Motion by Lorraine Candy
Each one of us pass through experiences in life, which stir us and it is in different interpretations of poetry that we find in those words some echo of what we have already felt, or some whisper of things yet to be.
I began writing poetry as a way to express my emotions and later on, wrote for others to help them express their emotions. If I can’t feel it, I can’t write it. If I write without feeling, the poem is empty – lifeless.
Often I’m asked to write a poem for a family member of a friend or a friend of a friend that has passed. I have to get to know the person I’ve never met through the feelings of their loved ones. Then only does the poem have meaning and pay tribute to the deceased,
I need to know how they lived, how they loved, how they touched and influenced those they left. Only then, can I truly capture the essence, the emotion, the poem.
I need to know how they lived, how they loved, how they touched and influenced those they left.
I write when I’m faced with a problem or confusion in my life. Especially when I don’t have any answers. I start writing a poem without an end in mind. I can’t even tell you where the words come from – they just flow until I find myself at the end.
I just feel, write and when I’m done, I’m find the answer which continues to surprise me. This happened to me recently when I felt stuck, confused and frustrated with the direction in which my life was going.
It felt as though I was constantly on a labyrinth, going round and around but never quite getting anywhere and sometimes, back where I started.
I wrote about how I was feeling and at the end, I had a better understanding because my brain subconsciously applied reasoning to my dilemma. It might not be everyone’s answer, but to some it may be, and to me it was comforting.
I now know that my journey is more important than my destination. However, if the journey is too easy, I can’t grow. Read my poem Labyrinth at lorrainecandy.wix.com/healingthroughpoetry.
I used Wix because it is a straightforward platform, I like it’s easy to use drag-and-drop, it allows me more time to focus on poetry than on web-design.
You don’t need a degree to write poetry, you just need emotion. It doesn’t have to rhyme and it doesn’t have to not. Some will like it and others won’t. It doesn’t matter.
For me there is poetry. Within me, I have the gradual desire to share, express it and help those who cannot.
We all feel anger, sorrow and pain – what I like to call the darkness – in various stages of our lives. We also feel joy, peace and love too – what I like to call the light.
I often look back on the many poems I’ve written over the years. My poems reveal which periods were dark and which ones were light.
This also reflects my growth and the lessons I’ve had to learn along the way. For others, there is art, music, dance, theater to name a few. For me there is poetry. Within me, I have the gradual desire to share, express it and help those who cannot.
John Lennon said “My role in society, or any artist or poet’s role, is to try to express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all”. I second that.
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