When you write a poem, you're confiding your secrets to the whole world. The best poets do this with a kind of confidence that isn't easily explained. You can't fake it, copy it, or buy it.
It's an art that one learns to master over time.
Nobody spills out of the womb ready to write "Lady Lazarus" or "Howl." It takes sacrifice, dedication, and the willingness to grow through pain and disappointment. But most of all, it takes the ability to express your feelings freely, with aplomb and artistry.
I'd like to shift gears for just a second in this context and talk about music. If you click the picture above, you'll go to a link to a performance by a three-piece pop band called Cannons. The video is from before they signed with a major label. I want you to pay particular attention to the lead singer, Michelle Joy. In this clip, her angelic voice is clearly stunning, but the confidence I'm talking about is not-quite-born.
Now check out a second clip, (button below) from just a few months ago, where you can see her confidence in full-force, playing a new song in front of a live audience.
And to polish it off, check out the third clip (button below) from a pro-video after the band was signed.
What you're seeing is not only the emergence of a full-fledged artist.
No doubt the usual grind and heartache that goes with any touring band is partially responsible for her breakthrough but I also think she is conscious of the alchemy that her band currently enjoys and is throttling at max watching the hourglass drip its sands.
Poems Written: 294
Submission Tally: 47
Rejections: 17 (10 tiered)
Poem written today: "Bosses"