Poetry Writing Lesson
For those who wonder what the writing process can be like: the key is in interpreting what is wanting to be said by one person in a way it can be heard by the intended recipient. Additionally, background of the people involved is necessary to create the correct ambiance if you don’t know them personally – kind of like a personality resume. A few ways that I get information when writing about people I don’t know is to make a list of their characteristics.
- Name – use a baby name book to see what their name means
- Birth date – use astrology to see if strong traits are relevant and astronomy to determine position of planet in the sky at birth
- Likes & dislikes
Example – Our Own Moon
As an example, here is the pre- and post-transformation for ‘Our Own Moon’ and a bit of insight into how the client’s notes became a poem and a cherished Valentine’s Day card.
- Love is hard to believe when it appears and hits you like a skyful of sunrise colours. (2)
- It sweeps you up in its glory and when the object of that love is absent, questions come flooding in. (3,4)
- How can such joy last?
- Will his love overlook my faults?
- Why do I feel like a cherry tree in full blossom all the time he is near? (23)
- I respond to his voice on the phone.
- I ask for nothing but to hold his hand, to look long into his eyes and to see the depths of his soul. (12)
- I know the years we have to share can never tell me all I want to know of him & so I cherish each thought each whisper of his presence each touch of his gentle searching hands. (6,16)
- I get lost in his kisses. (10)
- I hold these moments of time as eternal gems of light & love. (27)
- Quickening my heart is the love for me I see in his eyes. (15)
- I look for his face in my dreams, in my day thoughts; it is easy to be romantic with him. It only seems to be about romance. (13,14)
- Nothing else matters. (5,20)
- I don’t want to come done from sitting on the moon. (1,25)
- I don’t want to come down from our moon. (1,25)
- I feel we have known each other for eons. (21,22)
- Coming together thru’ many life times, reminding each other how much we have always been loved. (21,22)
- I don’t want to hold back from him what’s in my heart.
- The beauty and playfulness a woman can express to a man who she trusts are expressions I have not felt for years. (17)
- I feel I can not be gently enough, passionate, or yielding enough.
- Even when he is not with me, my heart can hardly hold the joy I feel from our connection. (19, 20)
- Love gave us a moon
- And lit the sky with sunrise colour
- It rapt us in a gala wind
- And swept us into glory ~
- Enchantment keeps the world away
- Enamour fills our passions
- As we joyfully unravel
- All our senses for romancing ~
- We lark upon our moon
- Amidst a carousel of kisses
- With nothing more to guide us
- Than the depth of iris wonder ~
- I’m staid in time abandon
- With my thoughts escaping freely
- As you cause my heart to echo
- With the wishes of your whispers ~
- A long-forgotten beauty
- Seeks your tenor and caresses
- In the days you can’t be near me
- I luxuriate in memories ~
- It could be that I’ve known you
- Every day of every lifetime
- That you cause my soul to blossom
- In a cosmic bougainvillea ~
- Love gave us a moon
- It knew our hearts and where to take them
- There’s nothing more I cherish
- Than the love that we romance in.
(~ denotes a space between the verses)