If your dream is to be a poet, then also include isolation and rejection. Even one who dreams of being a lover must first except loneliness and heartbreak. Being a poet is to be a lover.
what I love most about being a poet, it is being able to visualize my reality for what it is and what it is not and expressing it intellectually—such that it inspires the imagination of others.
A poem gives direction to possibilities and it allows for observation and discovery, which sounds a lot like the role of leadership. I have come to learn more by observing and discovering the potentiality of those in my charge, and I have influenced their imagination to accept the reality of possibility in their role of followership: a poetic relationship in reciprocity.
silence stirs me—leaves
swept and gathered by the wind
—swirling dance with fate
you really become a poet when you stop pretending—like one.
for as long as you pretend you will never be.
…the poet sees a rose and knows the heart of the seed, sees a word and finds in it a poem; the poet examines the moment and sees its past and future all at once.
was like being reborn; it became a chance to relive and give meaning to memories, and to put in context misunderstandings; the poetry became a thing of purpose, a place pure and honest.
to all who would care to answer this; I would first ask that you be genuine and authentic in answering the question, which means you should take a moment to collect your thoughts.
In my quest at becoming a poet, I have pondered “what defines a poet?” Is it the contents of discourse expressed, the audience that defines the title, or rather a proclaimed one? I have answered such question many times and today I pose the question to you: how do you define a “poet”? If you are a poet, how do you define who you are?
I hope this inspires something…
* Please no retorts to oppose another’s definition, and if you find that someone has defined it as you have please find a way to amplify or expand as required; I am more interested in more an original thought than conformed ideology.
being a poet means to “normal” people, whatever normal means, that you are different, maybe even alien. Alien, that’s it because they always tend to ask, “what else do you do?” like you are part of some cosmic-act [if only they knew]. ―Tshombe Sekou