For Poetry Day my friend the poet, hula hooper, and secret mermaid Hoops a Dayzee has written this exclusively for us – enjoy!
I don't think there really ever was a particular point,
That I realised I was a poet,
I have always loved to play with words,
And never been afraid to show it.
Maybe I learned from my teachers at school,
Or my Uncle Dave who is really cool.
He writes a lot and I love his work,
Never fails to make me giggle with all his quirk.
But as long as I can remember i have loved to rhyme,
Sorry I cannot pinpoint a particular time.
I hate to say it but I don't read that much,
I like my poems to have a personal touch.
My inspiration comes from within myself,
And rarely from a book on a dusty shelf.
I think I must be rather self-centred
As some humour and darkness comes when my soul I have entered.
I love to make people smile and laugh,
But sometimes my mood gets a little bit dark.
Current events also inspire us,
And it doesn't get much darker than this killer virus.
So the mood of my poetry really depends,
On the mood I am in and on current events.
I know when a poem is complete, my friend,
By a feeling I get when it comes to the end.
Its like putting together pieces of a jigsaw,
There is an empty space where I know it needs more.
But when all the words are in the right place,
I get a warm feeling and a smile on my face.
Sometimes I get words going round in my head,
Or I'll think about a subject that needs to be read.
Funny events will occur that can't go unheard,
Things happen to me that are rather absurd,
So I write down my thoughts and take it from there,
And some of them I cannot help but share.
Just do it. Put a pen to paper and write with your mind,
The results will surprise you, I think you will find.
Think of a subject and take it from there,
Anything from a spider to what happened at the fair.
You will no doubt write and then scribble bits out,
But that's what the process is all about.
The best advice I can give is 'just play around' ,
The words you are looking for are there to be found.
Throw in a rhyme, a palindrome or a pun.
Enjoy the process and have some fun.