Today is World Poetry Day and I couldn’t let it pass by without writing a post about it. The 21st March was declared World Poetry Day by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) back in 1999. The purpose of it is to help raise awareness of the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements”.
Poetry has been a big part of my life since I was a child. I think I first really noticed it in the lyrics of songs. As an 8 year old I would religiously flick through that week’s edition of Smash Hits and learn the words to all the latest song releases. The first two I can distinctly remember were ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ by Ian Dury and the Blockheads and ‘In The Navy’ by The Village People. Since then I have had a big fascination with the written word and, in particular, poetry and lyrics with meaning. I can also remember trying to write my own songs in my room at around this time, however, it wasn’t until my early twenties that I started focussing on poetry on a bigger scale.
Writing meaningful words – whether they rhyme or not (although most of the time they do!) – means that I can get my feelings onto paper without saying any thing directly specific. One of the things that I truly love about poetry is the fact that you can express yourself in a more elusive way, plus it means that the text is open to interpretation and people can then take the words and use them for their own feelings or situation. This makes the prose accessible to everyone for their own use.
I thought, in view of all of this, I would share the first ‘proper’ poem I ever wrote. The words used are a lot more obvious than the ones I choose these days! It was written back in August 1994.
You Never Get Over Anything
You never get over anything
You usually just forget
And I haven’t woken up
But I don’t want to yet
I look at the person I knew yesterday
But I don’t know today
Why can’t you come back to me?
We’ve so much left to say
Hate is no justice
For the love you didn’t get
Wishes, they don’t come true –
I haven’t met one yet
And I was happy, or so I thought
Because my life had changed
But I lost the love I caught
And my happiness was deranged
Every time I see you
Don’t you know I want you more?
But to you that’s a closed chapter
Yet another locked door
To deny yourself that happiness
That love you feel’s a sin
Why can’t you unlock that door?
And close it once I’m in
There’s an emptiness I feel
Something missing, some part
Don’t you realise when you left
You took with you my heart?
But you can’t take my memory
The city will always be ours
Dancing on the steps pf the cathedral
One way streets, traffic jams, showers
And reluctantly, I will go
Because that’s what you want me to do
But I will never find the love
That feeling I had with you