When I write a poem, at first, I feel so nervous--
like a lovesick, teenager experiencing her first kiss.
You feel a burning sensation in your stomach
as though a flame inside has been ignited, then,
when it becomes too overwhelming
and you could no longer hide it,
your thoughts begin to burn across the paper
like a raging fire burns along the mountainside.
If you ever caught a glimpse of such a sight,
you'd be, both, afraid and mesmerized.
Poetry is my raging fire.
With it, I conquer my fears
and control my desires.