Sunday, March 25, 2012

how to be a poet .. (maybe)

when friends are able to read the verses or poems i am able to write some ask me how i do it.  often, the answer i give is " i really don't know.". 

when i sit down to write, to attempt to record an interpretation of a feeling or emotion i felt, or describe a slice of life i experienced, it just happens.  words tend to come together, sound good together, and project the feeling or the image under a different light.

i just finished poring over my old notebooks and reread my writings and probably this answer to the question, how to be a poet?,  might be true ... 

the trick is to be holy or to be divine
to be a conglomerate
to let lives intertwine
to partake of hunger and excess
to know full hand pain and happiness
to be a man and a woman
to be solid and liquid
to be a sinner and a saint
to be birth and death
to be above and underneath.

4 comments:

Bani Malhotra said...

yes you're absolutely right.. it's all about 'butt in the chair' technique,just sit and write...the pen just flows along with the thoughts. =)
also i'm reading Walt whitman these days..love it.thanks to you! by far my favourite has been I Tramp a Perpetual Journey and these lines from the Poem of the Road
'whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me,
Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me' =)

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste brother Sito, very much a pleasure.

In Lak'ech, peace and love.

sito saguid said...

see, i told you bani, you'd love walt whitman. some critics say that many of his poems were homosexual. and yet, if seen in the light of his having achieved nirvana or cosmic consciousness, his poems will sound different and more moving. you might want to read on this. may i refer you to that great book by richard bucke, cosmic consciousness. thanks for visiting again. and happily i'd be using just that -- "butt in the chair technique" -- works every time. :)

sito saguid said...

brother chris, thank so much for not forgetting to visit. as that great poet john lennon had said it -- love is all we need ..