Are any of you like me when you’re writing — sometimes you just want to burst out in a poem?
I solved that urge and have begun each novel with a little bit of quick poetry. I’ve thought about having a character or two write a little bit inside the story as well, but for now, I’ll hang back.
How do you feel when you read a poem at the start? Does it turn you off? Do you like it? Or do you just skip over it, having little patience for anything but the story?
Stability—I crave it
Control—I need it
Intimacy—I desperately want it
I look okay but I am not
I may be successful in public
But in private, I am struggling
You see me as an adult
Inside I am a little girl
Are you a little boy or girl still afraid like me
I have lost my childhood
Please look at me even as I push you away
The fences are high to protect my heart
Help me tear them down
I am deathly afraid to take a risk
Even though everything could open up
And I might come out of the shadows
Love me like I want to love you
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