On September 4, 2015 I celebrated my one year anniversary of Poetry in Different Colors. That’s right it has been one year since the book was published. I can’t believe time has moved so fast, but here I am talking about a one year anniversary. I remember considering titles for my book and Poetry in Different Colors came to mind. As the poetry writing continued to flow, it was one thought after another until I felt compelled to cut off the number of poems I wanted to put into my book. There were people who were curious how I had come up with so many poems and even in what place did I write them. My response was once I got started, thoughts kept coming because the writings were relevant to my own life and things which I had observed. To address where did I write my poems, that answer is any and everywhere, e.g., sitting in the car, at home on the couch, you get the picture. Ultimately the story I share about my book is it was therapeutic because I wrote about real pain and disappointment as well as joy and anticipation of improvement. In truth, at the end of Poetry in Different Colors I had given the reader my heart. I had shared things which had stayed bottled up for a long time and realized my book was my release valve.
It is because of Poetry in Different Colors I have met and shared with people who I would have otherwise not had the opportunity to do so. Typically when I autograph a book I’ll write “thank you for sharing the journey through my writings.” I say that because even though there is a lot of personal writing in my book, I know there are others who have travelled through some of the same situations. I shared with you before that I have had someone say “that’s my story” after hearing me read a poem; when I have connected with someone that is a priceless moment.
Poetry in Different Colors is becoming an important book because it has the power to change lives. It can change the way we see each other and it can change the way you feel about yourself. I can say that with confidence because of the feedback I continue to receive. It’s not that I consider myself a great poet, but I recognize that God has given me something to give to someone else; therefore I have been charged to do what I’m doing. Don’t misunderstand, I am by no means trying to imply that God has spoken to me, but I do believe that my ability to write is from God and I have to use my talent and share it with others.
It didn’t take me long to understand my book is not about being the number one poet or even making a lot of money from it, but it’s about giving people something that is invaluable which would be myself. Every word, every emotion in the poems I write is me giving you a part of who I am. I am grateful for such an opportunity.
For those of you who have taken the time to follow my blog and peak in from time to time, I so appreciate you. I don’t take your time for granted when you make the choice to read a posting on my blog. I hope that you continue to read and find a valuable take away each time.