If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my last post. I posted last night a shot from a sampan when I was crossing the Sarawak River. I wrote a poem that I took the time to write over the course of an hour (I usually write my poem drafts much quicker than that). I don’t usually spend that much time on one draft. It is the editing where I take my time and over an extended period of time, at that.
This one, I took the pains of letting the words come out, coaxing them out from me, rather than just throwing out whatever was inside and finishing the structure as hurriedly as I can and then fixing what needs to be fixed.
I got excited, from yesterday’s post of all the clippings of Poet’s Choice that I found, and rediscovered a few poems that inspired me to change the structure of my poems in a new way. I loved the way it sounded and I felt like it didn’t sound like my other poems, yet still retained my voice. I was quite excited by the turn-out.
I really thought I’d have to stop writing poetry for a long, long time to be able to reinvent the way I articulate my thoughts. I thought I had to completely stop for, maybe, half a year just to be able to reprogram my writing style so that I could start from scratch but apparently, just a few days gave me the opportunity to find the new path with which to take.
I’m really happy with the piece and I need to fine tune it just a little bit but even my Dad said it sounded “tougher,” unlike my other pieces which sounded “soft.” I get what he means. I know what he meant when he said my poems sound “soft.”
The new poem has more character.
The poem is in my Instagram, but that’s the first draft. I’m not posting it here. I’m going to start writing more in that style and see where I can take it and write a few more and see where I’ll be able to go with it. I’ll find some old poems as well and see if I can rewrite them and re-edit them using this new structure, keeping what works and redoing the whole structure.
I’m excited. I thought it was going to take me forever to start from zero. It’s a whole lot faster than I thought.
I love being older. I don’t know if I would have been this quick had I been younger and less experienced.