We poets have a platform, one to express all manner of thought. Often it may just be imagery, expressions of beauty and the natural world. Sometimes the poet may choose stories of the human condition and also righteous indignation about politics, oppression and disasters of great consequence. What makes a work emotive is the connection between writer and reader, often not as easy as it sounds.
What makes a work profound is the depth of that connection, when a poet or writer connects so deeply that the heart and soul responds. Often the core of that connection is truth, perhaps a truth unknown and struck as an epiphany, a realization that before reading the work did not exist.
I choose to write many different styles and genres within the scope of poetic expression, as each message or purpose requires a different vessel. But by far my most meaningful works are based on truths, realities that so many of us don’t quite take into account when traversing our complex lives. And in this endeavor the writer learns as much as the reader because it is sharing that brings us closer, to ourselves and understanding life.
I am no seer, no genius observer of truths, just someone who has a penchant for the details of living, the behaviors and choices we make in life, given our beginnings and biases. For me it is a lifetime study, and sharing and assimilating what I find is part of my growth, and also if chosen, the growth of the reader. I claim nothing, rather I am who I am and if readers relate and question their own understanding then the questions I pose are indeed worthwhile.
The spiritual path I am on is endless, has no immediate destination or cessation and in accepting my path in life I have committed to writing, for it is simply my way of expression, as is with most on this site. So when I write I keep all of this in mind, for words have power and truths can change a life for the better. Writing is not about fame, not about money but the heart, the very soul willing to put itself on the line to share with kind intent, meanings that transcend our daily life. In that cause I hope we all extend ourselves to do just that, to give freely of ourselves in our work and also our critiquing or at least supporting one another. After all we all share this love of words, and kindred spirits achieve so much more when we connect profoundly.
Tony DeLorger © 2017
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