Sunday, May 06, 2018

how i started on poetry

You will not remember your first dip into poetry.

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how i started on poetry

i copied nursery rhymes
on flimsy jotter books
doodled stick figures
to go with it.
and later
all pimply faced
i scratched foul-mouthed rants
in little notebooks
because i thought
i can change the world

is it poetry then
if i carved an opinion
with a bayonet
on an ammo box?

or on star lit nights
named the constellations
to the woman i loved
while seated on a cenotaph?

and now, almost a lifetime later
squinting into the glare
of the monitor
fingers on plastic buttons

i wonder, did this started it all?

twinkle twinkle little star
how i wonder what you are...

written 03/04/2014
revised 28/02/2018

"Tell me what you're reading, and I'll tell you who you are."

--Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, First president of Czechoslovakia.

and if you still want to change the world : Ten Years After, I'd love to change the world

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2018

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Blogger gillena cox said...

Luv every mood in this poem: the nostalgia, despair, longing and the pinch of humour.

Have a good Sunday Cheong Lee san


06 May, 2018 22:47  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I think that twinkle started many poets on their path.

06 May, 2018 23:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you very much! :)


i think so too. i think pretty every kid studying English comes across it. :D

06 May, 2018 23:51  
Blogger annell said...

Perhaps there is no beginning for poetry, maybe it is like life, and it always is, waiting for us to join in?

07 May, 2018 00:16  
Blogger annell said...

I hope my comment worked?

07 May, 2018 00:17  
Blogger Mary said...

Interesting reflection. I think it might have started, with all of us, by those simple childhood rhymes.

07 May, 2018 02:42  
Anonymous jo said...

I love this! It makes me contemplate when I started writing poetry and what prompted it. Thanks!

07 May, 2018 03:28  
Anonymous Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

I think poetry comes in many forms....and we don't always get to write it down in words....yet the moments are still poetry.

07 May, 2018 04:40  
Blogger Wendy Bourke said...

Poetry is a journey - through many passages - down many paths. You've articulate that so well here.

07 May, 2018 06:07  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Interesting speculations! I thought I knew exactly when I started (age 7) but maybe it began even before that, in learning the alphabet and how to make words ... in being read to by my parents ... in the genes which had my father and his father, and some of my aunts and uncles, all scribbling verses ...

07 May, 2018 08:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


i absolutely loved your comment. :)
poetry is life?


i am pretty sure of that. :)


thank you for visiting. :)


the moments are still poetry, and one day we will write it down in words (or paint it) :)


yes, i think poetry is a jouney too. what i have written today is quite different from say, when i was in my youth.


even the exact age! and you are lucky to have literary ancestors. :)

07 May, 2018 11:00  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is such sweet nostalgia 💞 You remind me of my journey starting out 4 yrs ago.. Beautifully rendered!

07 May, 2018 16:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

and it is a good journey, no? :)

07 May, 2018 21:12  
Blogger ayala said...

Sometimes it begins as an accident as we go through our journey....twinkle twinkle little star is a good place to start.

07 May, 2018 22:11  
Blogger Sarah Russell said...

I love your history with poetry. We all have one. It would make a great prompt for the group, I think.

08 May, 2018 11:56  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


it is, i am sure. :)


thank you! every poet surely will have a moment in time that kick starts their passion. :)

08 May, 2018 17:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
I don't know who you are but definitely you're
going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

11 May, 2018 10:48  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

thank you, Anonymous. you're too kind. :)

11 May, 2018 22:57  

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