Poetry and Me
I flirted with Poetry for many years,
with spurts of writing occurring
over the decades.
Poetry became a lover a few years ago.
We had many passionate encounters.
Thirteen months ago,
I asked Poetry to marry me.
I do my best to be an attentive spouse.
I meet her daily to let her move
I can’t imagine my life without her.
Do you also want a life with Poetry? As a flirtation? As a lover? As a spouse?
Sign up for The Initiation. A 30 day experience with Poetry.
"Poetry is not a fancy way of giving you information; it's an incantation. It is actually a magic spell. It changes things; it changes you."
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'30 Days of Poetry' Writing Groups
Join our sacred poetry and writing container for 30 days where a WhatsApp group of three to five people (including myself) share their work with each other. It is unguided and unstructured.
The group is to inspire each other and hold each other accountable to write one piece of writing per day.
Use this opportunity to meet your craft. I invite you to use it as a spiritual practice.
Your daily offering can be written, spoken word and improv spoken word. You can include pics, recordings, videos.
The Initiation is currently $USD30 or $20/R300 for the global south.
Next group starts 1 September
The 30 days of poetry was an invitation to be accountably productive poetically speaking.
Knowing a poem was going to emerge from the day, my senses were more attuned to moments which otherwise may have gone unnoticed. Actually writing the poem each day was a glorious process of distillation of those moments.
Reading the other participants's poems was a privilege and joy.
Participating in the 30 days of poetry gave my poems a compass as well as a container to breathe in. It was a gift to open my writing senses with intention & to know that they had an open hearted space to land in everyday. It wasn't about perfecting each piece but more around the practise of standing in my expression without it having to make sense. Even if it was just a single line that made it onto the page in a day. That was enough. After the 30days it became part of my natural flow in a day. I missed it once it came to a close & am grateful to say I am meeting the page more frequently since. Thank you for the ignition Tara, wishing you & those who gather for these in the future continued inspiration & illumination.
Having partaken in Tara's poem-a-day extravaganza, I've made some remarkable discoveries about how creativity manifests. And how the Kaj bit of the Universe expresses the Universe.
Although I approached each day's poem like a grumpy schoolboy begrudging homework, I always came out the other side uplifted and reminded of my interconnectedness to everything.
It was a game-changer for me.
To just show up was reward enough. But what came through me was surprisingly bountiful and life-affirming.
I want to share a little of what an unexpectedly profound and moving experience, being in this sacred container with you, has been.
The process was challenging and difficult at times, but I have found that even when I wasn't flowing and had to force myself to keep the commitment, the result had a deep gift or insight for me. I have found the capacity to express some deep soul and self truths that I have not been able to express through numerous other avenues and modalities including psychotherapy, Jungian analysis, plant medicines and shamanic constellation therapy.
I also found magic in reading all of the poems and sensing a field we constellated for a time that was very connected. On quite a few occasions I had a theme or expression brewing in me, and then one of the group would post their poem covering that very theme in a new and different way. So I really want to express my eternal gratitude to you Tara for sharing this practice and facilitating the safe, uncommented, un-judged space where I have found a way to articulate things I have never before been able to. And thank you to my other group members for participating with me, witnessing and sharing your magic.
I am changed forever and pray I never forget this and keep up this commitment to writing and sharing it somehow.
I notice how sitting in front of a piece of white paper and letting the words come is helping me to understand myself better, but mostly it's a way of getting in touch with my feelings.
I'm also using my entries in therapy, and it helps the therapist to understand me better.
Feeling grateful for this challenge.
Scarborough & Rondebosch,
Cape Town, South Africa