In the beginning of this love affair with poems
I learned I
by the way words flowed from my pen.
I saw that
it was a unique talent that
not many got
and fewer choose to practice.
Through the years I
expressed myself through poetry:
even high school's entirety,
though it began with that first,
"My Pencil Is My Partner" poem
I wrote for a contest in fifth grade.
Ever since then,
it has been,
just my pen and I,
(and a journal).
I write to:
maintain my sanity,
exorcise the demons inside of me,
capture memories to look back on.
I could write five pages about how a date went,
but my emotions would be
better captured in a poem:
just one or two stanzas.
Poetry is my heart, my identity, my mind.
I don't like the expansiveness of essays,
filling up the space, filling in the pages.
I like poetry: