Those of you that follow my Blog will have noticed I have posted some of my poetry recently. My husband – and biggest fan – has often said that I should publish a book of my poetry. So, one day after one of these conversations recently, I contacted a publisher to enquire how to go about it.
I almost forgot I had done this, as it was a late night whim. However, someone rang me back the next day to discuss publishing a book of my poems. My husband and I were driving and I was talking to him on my hands free. Anyway, long story short, he then proceeded to tell me they would be interested and gave me a list of costs to have my poetry published. This went into 1000’s of dollars.
The thing is, my poetry is something I don’t ever want to have to churn out to order. The poems just come to me after I am inspired by a certain event or thought or circumstance that makes me want to write a poem. If I was to write just to make enough for a book, this would dilute their meaning for me. I don’t want to become a poetry factory!
This Blog is the same. I try to post regularly and it helps me to do so. However, if I have nothing to say and no thoughts worth sharing, then I will not do so. To feel that I am forcing myself to write in my Blog would diminish it’s value for me and for others who might wish to read it.
My Blog is important to me. It has been the thing that has helped me much more than I would have imagined prior to starting it. To send my thoughts and feelings to my Blog is cathartic, therapeutic and something I value. I hope also, that others identify with my writings and that it helps them too. That is important to me.
So, my poetry and my Blog are important and personal, but I also want to share them with others. To be an example of how putting these things in writing can be beneficial. Instead of bottling up the many emotions this conditions brings with it, to feel and acknowledge it brings me a kind of peace.
I hope that others find a way to peace and acceptance too.