So here’s something you might not know about me – I didn’t write romantic fiction until I turned forty (I’m now 48.) Up until then, I wrote historical stories and speculative fiction – stories with a supernatural twist. And I also wrote a lot of poetry.
I won quite a few poetry competitions, including the UK’s prestigious Writing Magazine’s Open Poetry competition. I have a lot of poems stored up, and I add to them all the time. I don’t claim to be a great poet by any means! I just love words, and, as Samuel Taylor Coleridge is reported to have said, “Prose = words in their best order; — poetry = the best words in the best order.” This is so true! Taking time to choose exactly the right words is a task I love.
One of my favorite books on poetry is Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge’s poemcrazy, which is wonderfully liberating, and encourages the writer to explore words without getting caught up in rhyme and rhythm. I do love writing poetry to form, but this book has taught me it’s okay to just explore words for their own sake. She suggested having a "wordpool" to use as inspiration for topics - writing random words on squares of paper, cutting them up, and putting them in a jar. So that's what I did.
I’ve given myself a new challenge. I’m going to try to post one of my poems a day. Just for fun :-)
Today’s poem was inspired by the words "bells", which made me think about ringing someone's bell. Well I'm still a romance writer at heart! It’s a fun little love poem with a simple rhyme, and, of course, it was written for the Silver Fox.
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