Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss - the beginning of what I knew as poetry. Or what I thought was poetry. Because, as I've learned time and time again in this class, with poetry, there are no rules. When asked, "What is poetry?" we have seen that there are no real definitions. Poetry class - the highlight of my day. Why? Because it was the one place where I could veer from the everyday, same old boring routine. With the exception of homework reflections, there were little to no guidelines. Even when there were guidelines, I could find some way to get my poetic juices flowing and relate to what was going on in my life. Until now, I haven't released how much of a relief it was to express my feelings in such an artistic way. Releasing stress and pressure was easy for me this way. No one could know exactly what I was talking about unless they knew me, and even then, I still had hidden meaning. It has made me wonder over and over again - if I can hide so much of my life in my poetry, I wonder what other famous poets are concealing under their general messages?

So what do you do when that one time slot during your day is going away? My initial reaction - sadness. But then I think of what this class has taught me. I have finally found a way to express myself which is soooo incredibly helpful for me. I will continue to write poetry, or create, or speak, or any other form I can think of poetry being in. Thank you so much for the best trimester of my time at Sem. I've learned so much! (:

I'll miss you!