The 8 Different Ways to Write Poetry

by johndsykes86

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The 8 Different Ways to Write Poetry

1. Drag a pen across paper, cutting into the pages and staining the corners with tear marks. Breathe hot, alcohol-scented, breaths into the pages as you internalise your screams. Handle it as though it were poison. Slide it between the leaves of an old dusty book when you wake up, don’t read it again. 

2. Feel it in the swell of your chest on good days when the Sun shines and you can hear children laughing. Recognise it in the sounds of the birds singing when you wake early in the mornings and see it curled in the steam from your morning coffee. Intangible, but perfect.

3. Regiment your stanza lengths. Regiment your rhyme schemes. Keep your message simple because that is what your school teacher taught you for an A. Read it back and find no trace of yourself in the printed letters. Leave it on your desk and contemplate a world in which these words are not the ones which would get you wide recognition. 

4. Record yourself talking on a night when sleep is evasive. Count your syllables the way you would count sheep. Upload it to your computer and give it an obscure file name, hope no one discovers it. (Guiltily wish someone discovers it.)

5. Tattoo it on your body; a symbol, a picture. Trace the inked skin on days when life decisions and responsibilities threaten to drown you. Feel relief that its message isn’t lost in the grey skylines that stain the sky or the careful familiarity between co-workers that secretly want nothing but to succeed at the expense of each other. 

6. Break the rules. Fashion it into a hurricane when you talk about love. Leave the punctuation and capitalisation behind and create a run-on sentence of your feelings. Breathe only when you run out of paper and your hand cramps painfully. 

7. Feel it in a lover’s pulse. The electricity of your skin on theirs, the metaphors inherent in your fingers trailing their hips. Read it in the roll of their eyes and uninhibited growl in their throat. Sense it in the slide of your tongues and the soft gasp that hitches their breath. 

8.Wait until you are sure you have something to say, someone to say it to. Write it carefully into a notebook, making sure you leave parts of your soul scattered throughout the words, throughout the letters. Do not sigh heavily when finished as if suggesting it was a burden instead of the most relief you’ve felt in years. Sign it with a sense of pride and wait, blood rushing in your ears, for someone to read it. To gain comfort from it. To realise they are not alone.