The first thing that came into my mind as I looked at today’s photo prompt fromΒ Creative Writing Ink, was a short, little poem I wrote just before I started university. Poetry’s never been my strongest form of writing, probably because I simply enjoy writing prose so much more, but I had a go, and this poem was later published in a young writers’ anthology, so I figured it might be worth sharing.


Creative Writing Ink 06/07/17

There’s something strange about this crazy world;

I wanted to sit back as it unfurled,

But now I’m trapped in these churning waters,

Stuck watching as the confusion slaughters.

I don’t know who I am or where to go:

Do I stand out or join the pressing flow?

I need a guide to help me through the dark,

Because I’m here and want to leave my mark.

Everything’s changing; everything’s new,

But I guess that’s life, and you feel it, too.


20 thoughts on “Change

  1. Dewin Nefol says:

    Hey Emily,

    How are you doing? Thank you for this self-reflective poem. It carries a certain tension and apprehension but equally expresses tentative intention and excitement. I also like the vulnerability in it: university is a big step πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll be writing a few more poems.

    You wrote…

    ‘I need a guide to help me through the dark,
    Because I’m here and want to leave my mark.’

    I ask: Did you find a guide? How best would you describe or define the ‘mark’ you wish to leave?

    I’ll leave you to unfold into your evening. Take care. Keep smiling! πŸ™‚

    Namaste πŸ™‚


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    • A Writer's Beginning says:

      Thanks Dewin! I do definitely struggle more with poems because they’re still so unfamiliar to me, and I always want them to mean something, but I’m sure there will be more on the way πŸ™‚

      I don’t think I found a guide exactly, but I didn’t really need one; I think a big part of going through changes such as heading off to university is the uncertainty of it all! So, I suppose by “mark”, I just meant I didn’t want to lose myself when I went to uni. As writing’s the biggest part of myself, I think I’m doing okay!

      Thanks again for your kind words πŸ™‚

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  2. Dewin Nefol says:

    Hey Emily,

    Every word used carries meaning: your writing is testament to knowing that as you choose words with great care. I hope you’ll enjoy writing more poems and extend your anthology still further.

    In what way are poems unfamiliar?

    One reason I enjoy the photo challenges is because it initiates a raw response rather than an overly thought out or fashioned reaction. It’s a great way to warm-up the feather before fluttering it in flight.

    Ah yes the uncertainty! πŸ™‚ That is the buzz that gets you buoyant. Twice through university I’d go back and do it all again tomorrow. You’ll have a wild ride, lol πŸ˜‰

    You’ll not be consumed or get lost as you wander Pan’s academic labyrinth Emily…you know the way already, and even if you don’t the pen that you write with always will. As to leaving your ‘mark’, there’s plenty of time for that although I imagine you’re already heading the leader board with grades πŸ™‚

    I’ll wish you a pleasant evening and a wonderful weekend. Take care of one and all in your life.

    Namaste πŸ™‚


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