Inspiration comes in many forms and from many places. Often it comes from merely going about our daily lives and making close observations. What did I see today that I want to respond to with words?
Inspiration can also come from what we read. It is said, you cannot be a writer/poet unless you are a reader. I strongly believe this is true. My reading life is rich and varied, quite consciously
When I read 'Forever Words -The Unknown Poems' by Johnny Cash, I discovered his poetry and the poetry in his lyrics. The poems within reveal the depth of his understanding of the physical world and the emotional world.
He shares both the frailty and strength of the human condition. As I read, I heard his unique voice and intonation. Cash's verse demonstrates for the reader his ability to reflect upon universal themes such as love, pain, freedom, and mortality. Most people know him for his music. With these poems I got to know him for his broader talent as a poet.
And so I allowed the influence of another writer to swirl around me and offer up some possibility. I have dedicated the resultant poem to Johnny Cash.
As I wrote, I imagined Johnny standing behind my shoulder as I strived to capture a sense of love, loss and emotion so often surrounding human relationships. I also adopted the structure of 4 line stanzas with a rhyming pattern, a style I noted in many of the big man's poems.
Two Tracks Taken
For Johnny Cash
No one tried to hurt me
The way you chose to do
No one tried to wound me
And run my heart right through.
I’ve got no wish to go back there
It would only make me sad
It’s how my heart remembers it
No joy in feeling bad.
The troubles in your head
Are not the troubles in my heart
I have my own regrets
They weren’t there at the start.
I now choose to walk in sunlight
With no stone inside my shoe
You can chart your own course
I won’t be blamed for you.
©Alan j Wright
It's Poetry Friday again and this week our host is Jan Godown Annino at https://bookseedstudio.wordpress.com/ . Jan's post features Amanda Gorman, the young poet who made such an impact at the recent 2021 U S Presidential Inauguration Ceremony with her powerful poetic presentation. Visit Jan and join a gathering of poets from all over...