Poetry Is Not A Profession, But a Condition

Poetry Is Not A Profession, But a Condition

To all my dear poets who understand the struggle
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Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

A lot of good poetry doesn’t rhyme.

I like haikus.

Poetry is a strange thing. Technically yes it’s just words. Pretty words. Yet so many people have such strong feelings about it? I remember in high school English classes whenever we got to the poetry unit, people would groan and complain like it was torture. I would feel an intense burst of joy. YES. Drown me in free verse, smother me in limericks, bury me in haikus. Please, let me try writing all of them. I am young and I think too much and for some reason my thoughts only make sense when I write them rhythmically with slight musicality in well planned organization using literary techniques. I feel better when I create poetry. It’s healing.

When I first discovered this beautiful release of poems, I also realized it would not go away at the end of the English unit. I couldn’t give this up. So I kept writing, everything from a simple quatrain to a more challenging villanelle style if I felt ambitious. I fell deeply in love with Robert Frost, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. I began submitting my work for publications and became a very happily published poet. However, poetry really isn’t a profession, you can’t turn it off. Not everyone can do it. If you can, it’s not always a blessing. It’s really a condition.

There are symptoms of poetry. You think way too much. People will tell you this as you stare off blankly into the sky planning your next poem or rant about the meaning of existence. You have ideas pop up for poems at terribly inconvenient times that cannot be ignored, so you carry a journal and pen at all times. This means pulling your car over, stopping your hairdresser, sitting on the floor of your local walmart, to write your ideas down. You will speak uncontrollably of your favorite poet as if they were a god or goddess and will not tolerate any criticism. You often utter the phrases “You just don’t understand it.”, “It’s art”, or “You have to read it more than ONCE.” Your laptop is your child/significant other. You want people to read and love and understand your work but would also have a heart attack if any eyes other than your cats saw it. You need poetry. You need to read and write it in the same way you need food and water. And when you can’t write anything good it drives you mad. Maybe you understand a little bit why a lot of poets went crazy. Maybe you feel a little bit crazy yourself. It’s ok. We all do.

If you have the poetic condition, I am sorry to tell you there is no cure. But I am excited to tell you that whether you believe you are talented or not, you are special. You have a voice, a voice that needs to be heard. Especially now. Poetry doesn’t all rhyme. It isn’t all in perfect lines of four, that’s what makes it beautiful. Each poem is a piece of your own uniqueness. I encourage you to put your voice out there. Let your art be absorbed. I can’t wait to read it.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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I Don't Have To Wear Makeup To Be Beautiful

You don't have to, either.

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For about as long as modern makeup/cosmetics/skincare brands have been around, the notion that women have to use any of these cosmetic products to be considered "beautiful" has also been around.

(If you've read my earlier article about red lipstick giving me my confidence back, you would know that I absolutely adore certain skincare/makeup products.)

However, I personally don't believe that I need to wear any kind of makeup to be considered "beautiful." And you don't, either.

I think that we, as a society, have seriously overvalued aesthetic beauty and undervalued the beauty that comes from being a decent, honest, genuine, and kind person. I believe that while makeup has an incredible and transformation-giving effect on women, (and men too, just for the record), that none of us honestly should depend on x, y, and z products to make us feel that we are beautiful, or that our self worth and sense of self should be tied up in how many likes a selfie of us in a full face of makeup get.

And quite frankly, there is so much to love about our makeup free, naturally glowing skin that so many of us hide, simply because society would love to tell us that we're not beautiful, or pretty, or worth very much at all if we don't use [insert new trendy skincare product here].

Well, excuse my French, but I'm calling bull.

It's not okay for any of us to think of ourselves as less than, simply because we're not following those crazy and crappy societal trends. In a culture where "Instagram perfect" pictures are the ideal that every woman, or man, is expected to look up to, I'd say it's pretty revolutionary to dare to bare a fresh-faced look.

No one has to ever feel the need to compulsively put on makeup to be considered "beautiful."

Because, in all reality, makeup can't measure the kind of person you are.

Makeup/skincare products can't measure your kindness, your generosity, your bravery in the face of adversity, or any other kickass quality that you might have. Makeup can't do that; only what's inside of you, if brought out for the world to see, can do that. And yes, I'm well aware of how cliché and "junior high preachy" that sounds.

So, I hope this article will possibly spark some introspective thoughts on what beauty means to you. I hope you start to think about the fact that who you are as a person is not defined by how "attractive" or "beautiful" someone else might tell you you are.

You define who you are as a person, nobody else has that power.

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