Guest Blogger, Te’Kia Miller

Join me in welcoming my friend Te’Kia Miller from Te’Kia’s Blog to Morning Erection’s monthly staple, Guest Blogger. Te’Kia…. as always, it is a great honor for me to be able to have a guest blogger, especially with the goals and aspirations you have for your own blog. Thank you for taking the time. Readers, as a favor to me please show Te’Kia the courtesy of leaving a comment. Thank you very much.

Let’s Talk Poetry

First I would like to thank you Tom for inviting me  to be a guest blogger. I must admit I was a little taken aback at the request because being a guest blogger on anyone else’s blog was a far cry from my mind. It was something that never crossed my mind to do or would be asked to do. But, here I am and if I can be honest, I began to worry what I would write about. Luckily I had a few months to think about it. I decided to write about what I know and that is poetry.

Poetry is something that grew on me. I never really liked poetry much less admire it when I was young. At a very young age I wrote one poetic piece around Halloween and although it was pretty good, poetry didn’t really resonate with me. Poetry was something of a bore at that time. Then something changed around middle school to high school and I found myself writing poetry almost as if it was something I’d always done. The more I wrote poetry the more it grew on me and I found myself adoring it. I soon began trying to understand it and hone it by taking a poetry class in high school. At that time poetry had fully consumed me and I began to consider myself a poet. I became attracted to Emily Dickerson, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, E.E. Cummings, Edgar Allen Poe, a little Countee Cullen and William Wordsworth.

I said all of that to say this: poetry is like a butterfly. It is both elusive and submissive, but it is always beautiful and admired. No one said this but this was the thought that crossed my mind at the time of this writing. For me, poetry is a lot of things but I think this is a pretty good summation of poetry. It is such a beautiful, creative art form. Whether you write it as a hobby, a professional or to release your emotions, I think we can all agree that poetry has and continues to show us the power of words. Words can be peaceful, furious, good, bad, evoke emotion, or tear down emotion.

Now the words, phrasing and arrangement although creates beauty it can also cause poetry to be elusive to some. It was for me at first. For some individuals poetry may seem to go beyond their understanding. They may not catch on to the metaphor or the analogy of a particular piece. I’m not saying that to be hoity-toity or as an insult to anyone. It’s just that in my personal experience and interactions with others, some people get it and others don’t. For those who feel or think poetry speaks to a deeper understanding than what they’re accustomed to, poetry is elusive. That doesn’t mean they don’t or can’t admire its beauty.

Then there are those who catch poetry in their palms. There it becomes submissive, taking rest and unafraid. Here the catcher and poetry become acquainted with one another and there is an understanding that takes place. For writers of poetry I think there is an intimate understanding as well as for readers of poetry. Whether an occasional reader or writer, whether a heavy reader or writer of the art, its beauty is continually admired by most who come in contact with it. What about you? What has been your experience with poetry? Are you a reader or writer of poetry? Are you a fan of the art form or not so much? What are your thoughts?

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  1. #1 by Inside the Mind of Isadora on January 8, 2012 - 2:13 PM

    I enjoy poetry when it is well written. There can be poets that try to be extremely sullen for artistic drama
    but actually lose the reader. Poetry is like a story without the extra words. When expressed clearly it can
    make a novice love it as much as an experienced poet. I write more short stories and prose but have dabbled
    in poetry. My problems is I like to paint a story with my artistic hearfelt words. Looking forward to visiting your
    blog, TeKia. Enjoyed your guest post very much.

    • #2 by tekia on January 9, 2012 - 5:41 PM

      Thank you Isadora! I agree with you. I don’t like poems that “try” too hard. Poems don’t have to be complex or trip over words just to make them beautiful and artful. It makes the poem sticky and hard for the reader to get through.

  2. #3 by knowmyworth on January 8, 2012 - 1:16 PM

    Thank you, Te’Kia for sharing! I have always been a bit “afraid” of writing poetry. Recently I started a blog, and what was coming out felt like poetry to me, so I call it that. I still get nervous though, as I don’t fit any form that I know of (just an excuse to manifest insecurity I’m sure). Poetry does “continue to show us the power of words,” and I think your description of it is lovely.

    • #4 by tekia on January 9, 2012 - 5:47 PM

      Thank you! There are many different ways and forms of writing poetry. I like your blog’s title very much. I just visited your blog and I would say it is poetry dear (not that I’m an expert or anything because I’m not.). I will be by to visit yours and other blogs represented here.

  3. #5 by Gwen Greene on January 8, 2012 - 5:51 AM

    Beautiful post and very heartfelt.

    • #6 by tekia on January 9, 2012 - 5:47 PM

      Thank you Gwen!

  4. #7 by PM on January 7, 2012 - 10:56 PM

    while reading your post i was reminded of my mentor. she loved poetry and she was the one who taught me how to love it. i cannot say i love poetry to the bones but i like it. sometimes i do not understand it but when i do it is beautiful. cheers to you and the many people like you who thrive on poetry, it gives me great peace knowing that there are people in this world who think of woven words like butterflies. i think that is special.

    • #8 by tekia on January 9, 2012 - 5:52 PM

      Oh thank you PM!

  5. #9 by Iron Cook Carl on January 7, 2012 - 5:53 PM

    This is a lot shorter than my post but also a lot better! Poetry is so personal. What I like so much about poetry is it can mean 100 different things to 100 different people. Stories on the other hand usually mean exactly what the author is saying. I’ve written poetry but mostly in school and mostly for female friends and girlfriends.

    I might like to start up again. Thanks for this inspirational post.

    • #10 by tekia on January 7, 2012 - 7:16 PM

      Your guest post was great! And that is absolutely true about poetry Iron Cook Carl, it possess so many meanings because it lends itself to interpretation! I’m glad you found inspiration in this and thank you!

  6. #11 by TemptingSweets99 on January 7, 2012 - 10:57 AM

    What a wonderful post on poetry! I especially love these lines: “poetry is like a butterfly. It is both elusive and submissive, but it is always beautiful and admired.” I think that accurately describes poetry.

    • #12 by tekia on January 7, 2012 - 11:19 AM

      Thank you so much Tempting Sweets :-)

  7. #13 by rachel829 on January 7, 2012 - 9:59 AM

    I wish I had the ability use those words so beautifully expressing my thoughts and feelings. I envy those who can write poetry because I can’t. But, I am a reader and I have read a few of your poetry and they have touched me. I enjoy poetry that are real and true to my heart and your writing is sincere. I think it’s wonderful that you guest blogged for Tom. I think it’s like opening up the door to your blog so others can also enjoy your poetry. May your days be inspiring so you can continue to write poetry for all to enjoy.

    • #14 by tekia on January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM

      Thank you so much! I too enjoy poetry that speaks to my heart. And the thing is that you will know when it does because it strikes a chord with you.

  8. #15 by Scott Moore on January 7, 2012 - 9:52 AM

    I have not stopped by your blog in a long time but glad that I did today. Great job Ms Miller.

    • #16 by tekia on January 7, 2012 - 11:04 AM

      Thank you Scott! I think we’re in the same boat :-)

  9. #17 by Rose Reynolds on January 7, 2012 - 8:49 AM

    TeKia, I am not a writer of poetry (although I have tried at times) however I do love reading it and I remember reading a few of yours on Tom’s blog. I liked them all. I should stop by your site and check out some more. I read that you were somewhat nervous about your guest post today but I think you did a fabulous job!

    Words are amazing and poetry is the perfect vehicle for expressing words.

    • #18 by tekia on January 7, 2012 - 11:17 AM

      Yes, I was nervous but Tom gave some encouraging words. I’m glad the post was enjoyable for you and all the readers :-) Thank you Rose!

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