[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to announce our new series of modern love poetry from the top poets on Instagram. Next we have a collection from @zahrpoetry]
Poetry, as everybody knows, is a thought provoking form of expression. Reading other poems can often make you relate to feelings you never knew how to put to words yourself. A poem could mean one thing to the writer, but something completely different to each reader. Poems can be interpreted in various different ways, and that is what makes poetry so extraordinary.
I was never the type to enjoy reading others poems, simply because I always felt jealous that I didn’t think to write them myself. Recently, however, I became very keen to the idea of finding inspiration through other writers’ work. I find myself out of writer’s block by reading other work and creating an emotional moment for myself that I would have otherwise not been able to express. Reading poetry provokes thought and imagination and produces a level of creativity that many would not initially believe they had. From the words of Professor John Keating in the movie Dead Poets Society (1989) “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.”
In the past year, I’ve been utilizing this passion of mine on a different stance than I did when I first started writing. I initially began with a more Spoken Word vibe, and later on leaned into rhythmic and straight forward poetry, or poetry that told a story. Currently, I’m more into writing poems that hold deeper meanings, and could be interpreted in multiple ways, depending on the reader. Here are a few of my previous poems that hold true to this.
This poem was written in a state of anguish. I really enjoy the imagery that can be provoked when adding colors in place of emotion words because each color can provoke a different emotion in everybody that reads it. For example, green can mean joy, but it can also mean jealousy or greed. You can decide for yourself how you’d like to interpret this.
This was the first poem I wrote that entailed a deeper meaning. As you can tell, I delved into writing with colorful imagery scenes head first and I am entirely in love with it. I really love the way it conveys the story with such elegance. This story is of love and acceptance for one’s fate. If you really read between the lines, there is a slight reference to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
A lot of my poems pertain to love, and I think that’s pretty normal. I do feel that because poetry comes from a strong sense of passion, that it truly has roots in love more than any other emotion. This was written at a time where I felt frustrated at myself for being so open and trusting towards people. I am the type to get close with someone and trust them enough to open up to them and overshare. In this case, it was an issue of finding feelings in people who were attached to someone else. Inevitably being left in the dark no matter how open I was during the relationship.
This is one of my favorite poems that I’ve written, because it’s one of those things that tells a very specific story, but it’s actually just one big metaphor. For all who read it, it can mean exactly what it says, or it could refer to anything you find addictive. Whether it be a drug, your favorite food, or even an activity you just can’t get enough of, it fits in any situation. This also refers back to the theory that poetry is mainly an expression of love. It’s clear in this sense that love is a huge root in most everything in this world.
Now, in the art world, they say you are your biggest critic and I find that to be very truthful. I will always find flaws in all my work. If I read through these enough times, I may end up deleting them and using another. (I’ve already done it twice through writing this post). However, I do hope to get more of my work out there and see if it really is doing the job that I intended for it when I wrote it. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!
About the Author:
Hello! My name is Zahra, aka (zahr). I am 21 going on 22, and have been in love with writing since I was 10. I started off writing short stories as a kid in elementary school, but as I got older, I started to lose more and more of my patience for it. I eventually found that I could express myself through writing in a shorter version through poems! I’ve been writing poems since I was about 15, and it has been a hobby ever since. I write about love, pain, mental health, religion, and from experiences in my own life, as well as inspiration from other lives. Although it is just a hobby, a big goal of mine has always been to publish a book of my work and to be able to see others fall in love with my poetry. It would be a dream to see my hard work come alive. You can find a lot of my work on Instagram @zahrpoetry
or on WordPress at zahrpoems.wordpress.com