When I led a writer’s group called 7 pens, I would encourage my group in different styles of writing, to assist them in finding their authentic voice. I brought in writing from different cultures. Sometimes we would write from someone’s memoir, like Dave Issay, sometimes it would be a great fiction writer like Pat Conroy or Paulo Coelho, and sometimes it was a great poetry writer, like Nikki Giovanni or Maya Angelou.
The only rule that we ever used, the writing had to be based on the writer’s unique experience of life. We created a lot of pieces and then we found venues to perform them in. We stayed together for 7 years. Though we were all from vastly different life experiences, we all bonded, based on our writing.
Two people got married. It was a great time in each of our lives. Occasionally, I would invite them to listen to whatever I was reading from and pick out the words that moved or inspired them. This style of poetry writing is known as Found Poems.
Today I was inspired by the speaker and the music at church, I let my ears pick up evocative words that caught my attention and made my ears perk up. Today I created a Found Poem.
With your connection to your spiritual family
We are unique symbols of soul’s energy
We believe that we are more than we know ourselves to be
We are giving, awakening,
Conscious, growing beings,
Children of a most creative God
We are all artists. Whether we define ourselves as artists or not. What is it that is creative in your life? Can you find a way to make your creativity more visible?