I need a poem #poetry #dVerse

I need a poem,
a poem that will say
all of the things I have for so long stored up in my heart,
the things which I’ve
for so long longed to share
with you.

Send me that poem:
the one which pierces like 
a poison-tip dart
tipped with love not poison.

Perhaps I will wake up with that poem
whispered in my ear
and when I do, Iโ€™ll go through my whole day
just singing it for you.

A poem that will heal the world;
a poem that will mend the scars
of whole lifetimes:
this is a lot to ask of
just one poem.

So Iโ€™ll just say
I need a poem
to change my mind
to change my heart:
to make me fall in love with life again.

I am that poem
the change begins with me.

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Sharing with dVerse

Tonight, Lisa hosts Open Link Night, where we’re invited to share a poem of our choice. I’ve chosen this one, which I entered into a competition. I had no idea what to write about, so I came up with ‘I need a poem.’ It didn’t win, but recently I’ve found myself wanting to enter more competitions. I was put off for a long time, because I couldn’t take rejection. When I was 19, I entered a poetry competition, and when I didn’t win, I decided I was no good, and stopped writing poetry for almost twenty years! Nowadays, I see things a little differently: entering a competition is like having an interview for a dream job. You might not get it the first few times you try, but every time you try, you gain experience of the interview process, and you learn from your failures as well as your successes. Entering competitions is really pushing outside of my comfort zone. But that is the only way to get stronger!

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  1. Wonderful poem that is infused with so much positive energy and encouragement. It resonates like a beacon for tapping into hope. Good for you on entering more contests. I would love to hire a high school student a couple of hours a week to do the paperwork part of submissions. I just had my fill of paperwork in my old job and it feels like work.

    1. Oh I know! I hate paperwork. But once I get the poems right, I have something I can publish in my own collections if nowhere else ๐Ÿ˜Š thanks Lisa!

  2. Sometimes they fall out of the sky, waiting for us to write (or live) them. I really liked this, with the love (not poison) tips, the singing it all day, and the falling in love with life again. Wonderful stuff, Ingrid.

    1. Well, the way I see it, even if I donโ€™t win, the poems that I send in are worthy of publication, by me if by no-one else. And I know some people will appreciate them ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. “a poem that will say
    all of the things I have for so long stored up in my heart,
    the things which Iโ€™ve
    for so long longed to share
    with you.”

    Such an intrinsic human desire–to express oneself–and yet so difficult for most of us. Poets are the gatekeepers of eloquence and it falls upon them to speak on our behalf. Wonderfully written hope-affirming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I donโ€™t think my poems fit anywhere as I have my own style! But I keep trying anyway because who knows, maybe one snooty judge somewhere down the line will like my simple lyrical style ๐Ÿคฃ

  4. much resilience is vital in the publishing or competition process Ingrid and I’m so sorry you lost 20 years, and selfishly relieved you took to tapping out more poems for us! This is so lovely …

    1. Thank you Kate: I didnโ€™t use to believe in myself, but Iโ€™ve learned the hard way that if you donโ€™t, no one else will believe in you either!

      1. you’ve done it tough Ingrid but I’ve often found those that do go onto really shine … unlike those of us who trode the easier path don’t have the same drive or resilience!

        It’s a Blessing Ingrid, take it in both hands and blossom as you are ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ingrid, your poem feels like a prompt, an invitation, “to send that poem.” Oh, what a powerful poem that would be! Or several powerful poems. ๐Ÿ˜† A moving write and I love the ending, reminds me of Gandhi’s quote, “We must become the change we want to see.” Best wishes on competitions!

  6. I need a poem, I like the feel of this poem, the reader can relate to the message. There is a poem just waiting to be written to change the heart. So many of your poems do touch the reader. Good luck with the competitions.

  7. I like the way you turn your feelings around within the poem. Good on you for going in competitions. I’ve tried a few with no success and so stopped doing it. I wish you success with your endeavours.

  8. I needed to read this poem today, Ingrid! Thank you for sharing this positive, moving verse. Maybe it did not meet the stringent rules of competition, it is ruling our hearts here. โค๏ธ

  9. Lots of truths in this, nicely woven through the aspirational approach you took. I like the blending of purpose which is very real in poetry, to write for others, in particular, but also universally, to heal, to illuminate, and to write for ourselves as well for exactly the same reasons. The words are always a gift when they are right, and that is one of the best feelings we can ever have, Enjoyed this very much.

  10. I needed your poem and it is poignant and straight to the heart. I would have voted for it and love that you always kept going because you gift us with truth and heart always! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  11. All our universal longings so beautifully expressed, Ingrid, and rewarded by the wisdom of your last stanza. May it be so.
    pax,
    dora

  12. The message of the poem is true, and I love the process bit too… I hear you on submissions! I submitted one to a contest a few months ago, just got the rejection and was oddly… relieved… haha. So this is progress for me I think :)) ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜œ Good job inspiring to keep going, it’s definitely practice and a numbers game (so I’ve heard anyway ;)) xo

    1. Yes, we all get rejections at one time or other, so itโ€™s good to learn to put them in perspective. Thanks Lia! โค๏ธ

  13. Ingrid,
    This is wonderful. A poem can give me this type of shift and when it does, it is like magic.

    This stanza, in particular, calls to me,

    So Iโ€™ll just say
    I need a poem
    to change my mind
    to change my heart:
    to make me fall in love with life again.

    Thanks for sharing your voice with the world.
    Ali

  14. Relatable poem and post, Ingrid. I was touched by the story of your 20-year writing hiatus.

    When I was in high school, I submitted some poems for publication. I was crushed by the rejection letters and never tried to submit poems again.I did continue to write sporadically. In retirement, I started to write a lot more poems and enjoy writing very much.

    1. I think as poets we can be very sensitive, especially when weโ€™re younger. In time we learn to have faith in our own words and poetic spirit โค๏ธ

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