the poems i write are influenced by what i am feeling. my emotions, however, are not influenced just by my personal life. they are influenced by the song that tickles my ear, and reminds me of "better days." they are influenced by my friends just in the next cubicle, and what they worry about. they are influenced by loved ones far away, and what i think they are thinking.
they are even influenced by people i have never met.
it's hard sometimes being a poet...having to stop and quickly jot down phrases as they pulse through you, instead of eating the bagel set before you.
,,,,but both acts are nourishing to me. and i'm thankful for the chance to be set free in the spilling of ink.