"Mango and I used to ask questions of one another and write them down. This was similar to the question memes that are quite prevalent on many of the blogs today. Mango and I called them "ballots" and we did them every month." Dec 3, 2005
Here is a ballot for the poets. If you want to participate, either leave your answers in the comment section or answer on your own blog, but let me know.
1.Where do your poems start? What causes you to sit down and write a poem? Is it a certain emotion?
My poems usually start with an overwhelming emotion that I am experiencing, such as sorrow or even happiness, lately.
2.Do you have different stages to your poetry? Can you see how you've matured or changed over the years through your poetry?
As a child, see last poem, the poems had to rhymne. They were observations of the adult world around me.
As a young adult, the poems were asking to understand the what I was experiencing.
Today, I still start with a personal need then work towards the answer.
3. Do you have a favorite poem that you have written? What do you like about it? What does it say about you that you like?
My favorite poem is one I wrote after my Mother died called " I was Blind but Now I See".
I like it because it expressed a moment that brought comfort to me over the months that followed.
It was my awakening to her.
4. Do you have a favorite that someone else has written? What does it do for you? Does it give you an answer or cause you to think a certain way? Does it motivate you?
Daffodils are in bloom and they remind me of my first favorite poem by William Wordsworth. I felt not alone in the need to be comforted. It reminds me of Philippians 4:8.
5. Do you only write poetry or is it a part of a vast array of writing methods that you use to express your self or your thoughts?
As you can tell by my blog, I do not write a lot of poetry. I use whatever method helps me express my various feelings, interests and thoughts each day.
These are the poets that participated in the Poetry Ballot April: