For about three years now, I have been writing poetry. It was not until my junior year in high school that I developed an interest, love, and knack for writing poetry.
Back in elementary school, I loved to write stories. I would write stories on post-it notes and anywhere I could. Yet when I had to write a limerick for an assignment, I could not wrap my head around poetry. I had a very hard time figuring out how to rhyme words and the words make sense. I just could not make sense out of the rhymes. I eventually just gave up, and tossed the paper with the attempted limerick in the trash. I did not dabble or try my hand at poetry again until several years later.
Many years later in my freshman year of high school, my English teacher gave my class a poetry project as an assignment. I still remembered that one limerick assignment and dreaded doing the poetry project. For the project, we had to analyze a poem and write a response to it. I chose to respond to Robert Frost’s poem Fire and Ice. I also wrote my own poem, and probably my first, called Tornados: Death and Destruction. I actually had fun doing the poetry project and became really excited when writing the poems.
Two years later, I started writing poetry as a hobby and for fun. I began to love writing poetry. I wrote many poems in just the fall of 2008. In 2009, I submitted my poems to some magazines and contests. I won second place in the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Sherry Pruitt Award Contest with a poem called The Ocean, and had two poems The Ocean and Abraham Lincoln published as high merit poems by a company called Creative Communication. I have continued to write poetry, and have even self-published three collections of poetry in both print and e-book format, which can be found at my store on Lulu.
I find it ironic that I started out loving to write short stories and hating poetry, while now, I love writing poetry, but I don’t hate writing short stories, I just find it more difficult and not my style of writing, even though I still write short stories occasionally.