She Made Me Love Poetry Again

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Poetry has always been my first love.  My everything.

I can remember writing poems in middle school and passing them around.  I had so many poetry books.

I continued writing poetry throughout high school and college.  I was even the editor of our literary magazine in college.

But, after college, I stopped writing poetry.

I still loved it, but I just moved on.

It felt like no one else loved it the way I did.

Everyone was busy making money writing novels (trilogies) and poetry was on life support.

So, I put my poetry books away and moved on.

But, she brought it back.

Hearing Warsan Shire’s poems in Beyonce’s “Lemonade” visual album reignited the fire for poetry that burns within me.

Her words are beautiful.  Stoic.  Timeless.

One of my favorite Shire lines is, “I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together.”

Love.

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