I have a poem about the small moments
and how they become a life
but it is so real that it sits in the drafts folder indefinitely …
War and peace
Not so much in the words themselves – it’s not long – but in rather, what it reveals insightfully about me
Probably only to me
No wonder people shorten such things into a life story that reads more like a resume
A few different interests
Dinner party topics, safe, dreary
You see the trouble with small and true, (or poetry)
that it includes detail
And detail is not embellishment
Detail is a zoomed in integral piece of puzzle
And in handing over all your details
You show yourself uncovered
Which is why most tend to run with
A few minor interests
15 thoughts on “Life Stories”
In storytelling, it is in “handing over all [a character’s] details” that we create memorable real-life characters who stay with us and even transform our lives. I imagine the same is true for autobiographical poetry. By the way, are you working on another poetry collection?
Hi Rosaliene, poetry and storytelling are one and the same as you say, and we all have our stories. I am working on another collection of poetry. I have learnt a lot from compiling the two previous collections and also in writing so much poetry in general. The next book will be the poetry that I write to the side of the blog and it will be of course – steeped in the details which prise flesh from my own memory and emotions and record to paper…or digital surface as the case may be 😊 I don’t know when it will be finished, I’ve learnt to calm down and enjoy the process.
love this Kate and your musings always.
“but it is so real that it sits in the drafts folder indefinitely …”
Thanks Cindy 💕
This makes me think about how many years I spent living in my drafts folder…it’s been so much enjoyable to live openly as a work in progress. I love this poem.
Thanks Monty, I have a few things in my drafts folder, they are working their way into a book instead of a blog post. I wish I had learnt earlier to leave things in my drafts folder instead of posting and deleting (as I did in my early years of writing on the blog) not everything needs to be published, but everything deserves to be written and see the light of consciousness. I have had so many insightful moments during writing – I have no idea how people reflect and grow without at least a journalling practice.
I get that — although I’m more oft tired share then not when it comes to writing. I was more reflecting on life in general and how I used to hide my real self rather then accept (and learn to love) the imperfect “work-in-progress” that I am.
I ,especially, like “to show yourself uncovered”
Thanks Granny 😊
This is great. I just started a blog my life story from a kid to Canadian war hero to 6 more career’s to 1% biker to that leading to all Canadian 1% bikers being labeled by homeland security as terrorists and national threats. To finally becoming labeled by RCMP as Canadian Terrorist
Ok – will have to check your blog out Ralph, thanks for reading mine 😊
Thanks mines constantly evolving at this point
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