I greatly admire poets and let me tell you why. While so many of us scramble to rack up as many views as we can, and earn our passive income on HubPages and other sites, poets just write for the passion of writing. They have very little hope of garnering tons of views; they have very little hope of making passive income; and they have very little hope of having their poems published, or at least less hope than writers who chase after other genres.
Still they write. They write for the love of writing. They write because poetry is in their hearts and souls. I admire that. I truly wish I had the poet gene in me because beautiful poetry is soothing and peaceful and Lordy, does this world ever need more soothing and peaceful.
Let me share a quote with you and then I’ll get to the whole point of this seemingly aimless rambling of mine.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.”
T. S. Eliot
LOL….I love that quote. I guess I must be missing the personality and emotions necessary to write poetry.
Now on to my point. It saddens me at times that so many writers spend so much effort and time trying to find ways to make money. I have been in contact with some who are constantly stressing over the lack of money, and they scramble to find new ways to generate an income from writing…..but…..what falls by the wayside in that quest is writing just for the sake of writing.
Don’t ever let that happen. We are writers because we love the art of writing. Never lose sight of that fact because once the love is gone this just becomes another job….and that would be sad.
SITE OF THE DAY
My friend Christy has a blog called Poetic Parfait and I invite you to take a look at it. You can find it here. Christy is one of those poets I spoke about earlier, and if you want to partake in a bit of beauty this morning, give her a visit. Besides, she is just good people. J
CONTEST OF THE DAY
The Charles Causley Poetry Competition is currently taking submissions. This is a renowned international poetry competition so check it out here.
PROMPT OF THE DAY
Sing “Tommy” while you look at this picture…see me, feel me, touch me….ooooooh, I’m getting turned on. LOL
TIP OF THE DAY
So you want to be a poet, eh? Remember the five senses. Use them in descriptions….us similes…use metaphors….as John Lennon was fond of saying, “turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.”
Well, that’s a bit vague, isn’t it? I’ll be back with more tips on this blog next Tuesday. Of course, if it is writing tips you want then it is writing tips you will get three times a week on my HubPages site. Stop by, say hi and get high on the art of writing.
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”