out of fiction, a seed of truth
out of prose, a poem is born
At dVerse, Tori (aka Kanzen Sakura) has asked us to write poems about the poet(s) that inspired us to become poets. My story begins with prose. As a blogger who primarily wrote short stories and essays, but had virtually no “followers”, I wanted to expand my horizons a bit. I eventually found a site called “Trifecta”. This site (now defunct), gave prompts for writing short stories, and for quite some time, I became a regular participant at that site. One of my fellow Trifectans quite regularly responded to the prompts with works of poetry. At first, this seemed a bit odd to me, but as time went on, I grew to appreciate these poems more and more. I noticed that this writer participated in a few other prompt sites as well, and through him, I eventually started participating in the dVerse community, and have not regretted it one bit! So no, I was not inspired to become a poet by Byron, Keats, Shakespeare, or any other “household name” poet, but by dVerse’s very own Björn Rudburg.
After arriving at dVerse, I was made welcome by many other fabulous poets: Brian, Claudia, and…and…and…(I won’t start making a list, out of fear of missing someone important)
My couplet today, although not in Björn’s style, is an attempt to encapsulate my experience: from writing fictitious prose, I began to discover who I am as a poet, and also, through reading the works of others, discovered the beauty of poetry.
So…Thank you, Björn, for showing me the path of poetry!