Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – “Who? What? Why? (Posted by Toni)
I would like you all to write a haibun about what/who inspired you to write poetry. I would like you to give us your age and other circumstances. For example, I wrote my first haiku at the age of six, inspired by a neighbor/friend who was a professor of Asian Studies at Duke University. But now we come to the next part: what poet influenced or still influences you? What was it about that poet that grabbed your interest? What were the circumstances?
But the why is the most difficult part. Why do you write poetry? Do you write from anger? Do you write from love or sadness or from being abused or having a difficult childhood? Or a good childhood?
Wednesdays were assembly days. Only on that day did we have a dress code. Dark
skirt(pants), white blouse (shirt), and red kerchief (tie) knotted ’round
the neck. Moon race was heating up. We were being patriotic, inspiring
me to pen a poem about astronauts going to the moon.
Nancy Drew was my hero. I began writing what I thought were short mysteries.
I finally realized I did not feel a strong enough pull in that direction. Introspection after
reading Raymond Carver and Alice Munro urged a wider genre of short stories.
Then, Poe arrive on the scene, Maya Angelou, and Sharon Olds. I was hooked by the rhythm of poetry, and began a full time love affair with it. It is freeing for me. I can be me, or someone or something else. Free verse, rhymes and non-rhymes, and forms are all challenges waiting to be explored, and I, Dora.
snow keeps falling
heavy flakes float past window
in all different shapes