“Why do you write?” is a question that you’d be asked often if you are someone who writes. And there always is a story behind it. While I was reading few of my recent poems, I recalled my reason for writing. When I look at my journey so far, I sometimes wonder if its really me all along. Sorrow was what made me start writing, but it didn’t have to be the only reason I write. And that is what is pushing me in making #PoetryPositive this month!
Poetry for me is not just words, syllables and structure. Poetry to me is emotions. I started writing or rather started making attempts to write when I was a little girl of 9. I’d just lost my dad and I needed an outlet to truly express how I felt because I couldn’t really talk about it to anyone. When I first started writing poetry, I’d write and forget. Most of the times, the paper that I wrote on made it to the dustbin because to me that wasn’t poetry. I was an avid reader even as a child as my dad had instilled the reading habit in me. So I’d read some really good poems and what I wrote never came close to it. (Even now it doesn’t) There were times when I wanted to stop writing poetry, but I kept writing as it kept me sane. I didn’t show anyone what I wrote.
One fine day when I was 12, my mom found one of my poems and encouraged me to send it for the Children’s section of an English daily. That was when my first poem was published. That was when I knew I could write. From that first published poem to today, I’ve come a long way!
Though I discovered a lot of different forms of poetry, sorrow was mostly the underlying theme. On one such days when I wasn’t in such a good mood and I had just written a poem, I asked myself how was the poem helping me. Yes, it was helping me express what I felt and expressing what I truly felt helped me improve my mood a little. But if I’d read the poem some time later, it would most likely make me sad. That was the trigger for me to write more positive poems! There were times when my poems began on a sad note but in the end they went on to become positive. Those poems became my solace whenever I felt low. I write sad poems, I still do. But now I make sure that not all of them are sad.
Though there are so many reasons to be happy about, so many things to celebrate, writing a happy or a positive poem is not easy. For most writers, sorrow is an easy emotion to write about but not happiness. That is what I want to change.
This December I’m trying my best to promote positive poetry. I’m writing more positive poems this month. But that is not all! I want to encourage more and more people to write something positive. Write about the blessings you received this year or your wishlist to Santa. Write about a stranger’s kindness or the power of a smile! Write something that makes you happy, write something that makes someone happy! All you have to do is write a positive poem, add the hashtag #PoetryPositive and tag me or drop me a message!