Creative Work

Why I Write Poetry

Tameka Edwards

Prose and passages
     flood my mind.
Eager to express,
     I write and unwind.

Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer.
Psalm 17:1a (NIV)

Emotions expel,
     and mysteries unfold.
Connections are made
     when I write from the soul.

Healing takes place
     from beginning to end.
Fleeting thoughts become poems
     when I pick up my pen.


REFLECT: What does it mean to write from the soul? How does poetry help you to express your feelings? to uncover mysteries? to makes connections? to experience healing? Write a prayer in poetry.

—from devozine (November/December 2000). Copyright © 2000 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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