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Thoughts on poetry

by Alfiya Laxmidhar 7 months ago in humanity
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Life is poetry and every human is a poet.

Thoughts on poetry
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The word today is Poetry.

The word poet is derived from the Greek word poietes which comes from the word poiein meaning 'to make.'

The Greek word was derived from a Sanskrit word cinoti which means to 'gather up' or 'heap up.'

Therefore, a poet is a maker and what is poetry? Something which is made (by the maker).

For me, the act of making something, as intimate as poetry, is a process which is cathartic, meditative and depending on my state of mind, usually strikes at a needle of truth buried within.

I have dabbled with poetry over the years, very sporadically and sometimes, when looking into my journals, I note a poetic sentence or story that I wrote to release any conflicted feelings. It seems like poetry has been in me for a while and it has only been since the beginning of this year that it has completely taken a life of its own and I have begun to create daily.

It is a great release for me and in the process of being a maker within the realms of poetry, I have seen things in a new way, I have started to choose words more carefully and even live more fruitfully.

Beginning this poetry journey is nothing short of a personal transformation.

I don't think anyone else has seen it, if they have, they haven't mentioned anything to me. From my own personal observation, my perspective has changed somewhat. I'm not too sure how or if I can even pinpoint where exactly the changes have taken place in my life. Though, there is a definite simplicity which I can begin to appreciate, more so than I have ever done.

Being a maker of poems, although there is far more than just a poem being made, is something I could not have ever imagined happening in this particular way.

I wrote a poem called The Wind's Path which had the lines:

" The wind that guides the leaves,

Also writes this page."

Lines like these -they couldn't come from the same person, say one year ago. This line could have only come from the point of time those hands typed the words and the perception beheld in that moment.

The perspective within the poetry I write is beyond me as a person, it is the spirit that writes and uses me to write. That is why the focus of my writing is inspirational or inspired from an event or experience I have personally felt or feel deeply about.

As a background story, I was/am a Course in Miracles (ACIM) student which is a book that helps you get into a state of mind which gives you purpose. I guess it has worked somewhat, as I often see the world as a kind and loving place; despite the fact that there is a war going on.

Yesterday my partner introduced me to a song from one of his favorite series: "Adventure Time" and the lyrics which he holds dear go like this:

"Time is an illusion that helps things make sense

So we are always living in the present tense

It seems unforgiving when a good thing ends

But you and I will always be back then."

This means, each moment lasts an eternity, so it is best to bask yourself in moments you mostly cherish and desire.

Being a maker / creator places you right in eternity. If the thing you are making is coming from your whole being and not just a compartment of the mind or an ideology, it feels like heaven.... all the time.

My life is poetry, I made it and your life is poetry as you made it. Which means every human is a poet as they are their own makers. Therefore, as a maker respecting another maker, who are we to judge others. The moment judgement stops, I think this whole world will adore poetry just as much as lovers of poetry do today.


About the author

Alfiya Laxmidhar

Love words and their origin. Like poetry. Rumi is my favorite.

Thank you for stopping by.

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