Poetry of Thought

Here Goes Nothing!

Thus begins a new segment of the Apt.113 blog, something I’ll be calling Poetry of Thought. Basically I’ll be providing a poem, either by myself or other poets, and give some thought on it.

To start us off, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Kaela. Fierce optimist, silly metaphysists, and all around human bean. Thanks for being here. You may have heard me as a host over on the podcast, Mr. Cadillac Fancy Pants, but here I’ll be contributing on a more creative level.

My history with writing goes back as far as when I first learned how to use a pencil. Like many I’m sure, writing has always given me a sense of fulfillment and wholeness. There are few feelings I enjoy more than being able to express myself completely. Poetry has helped me to do this for the past 4 years, and if you were to read any of my past poems, a turbulent and emotional past 4 years it has been! But it’s been a beautiful ride, my relationship with poetry. I so appreciate being able to look back on these saved emotions from times past, like crystallized glass perfectly intact.

Speaking of sharing my poetry, this is the first time I have shared so intimately my own work. For the longest time, the idea of anyone outside my brother or closest friend reading my poetry scared the living poo out of me! It’s such a personal thing, and feelings of vulnerability overwhelmed me more than I care to admit. So why now? What’s changed? Well for one, I’ve come to realize that I’ll never be perfect. I’m never going to be exactly like my favorite poets or authors and it’s absolutely no use comparing myself. And for two, even though it’s terrifying to me to open myself up to criticism, sometimes we need to do things that scare us. I see it as a healthy challenge, something to learn from. And really, who is my poetry benefiting sitting in a dusty notebook? At least this way, maybe, just maybe, I have the chance of touching someone. Making someone feel understood or related to, and in this way opening up more minds to hopefully share their own work. Sharing is a beautiful thing. This is my attempt to spark more of it.

Until next week, my friends. I promise we will actually get to the poetry! Don’t forget to comment your thoughts and feels!

Hugs, kisses, and creative thoughts,

Kaela Castro

Poetry of Thought

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