Jul. 22, 2020

Yosemite National Park Valley


[Yosemite National Park, (c) 2004 Christine B.]

The Face of God

The Face of God is all around
And not contained within four walls;
He lives in every mountain peak
And smiles through sparkling waterfalls.
He walks with us down wooded paths
And warms us on a sunny beach;
He shades the sun with billowy clouds
And scatters wildflowers within our reach!

This is an image I took in Yosemite Valley. As far as I'm concerned, God is alive and well, and living in Yosemite National Park.

I have been writing poetry since I was in grade school. I'm not saying that all of it was good back then, but the fact that I was writing it made poetry my first writing effort. It was my first attempt at putting my feelings down in words. It came easily to me. The English language always came easily to me. I always excelled in English in school and was always an avid reader. I think it would be difficult for a good writer not to be an avid reader. I think an author has to understand what good writing is by reading it before they could write it themselves.

My first reading adventures were of Agatha Christie. Unlike most teenaged girls of my age I didn't bother with Nancy Drew Mysteries and went straight to HERCULE POIROT and Miss Marple and then right to Edgar Allen Poe, which could account for my love of the paranormal genre. That and the fact that I have seen dead people since I was a kid.

All of my poetry rhymes. I don't know why, that is just the way it plays out in my head when I write it. I have the ability to think about a subject, and to be able to write a poem about it within a half-hour if I am inspired by it. Once again, I cannot explain that. My brain is just wired that way.

When I wrote my first novel, "The Afterlife of Charlotte Browning," I wrote a poem at the beginning of each chapter foreshadowing what the chapter would be about. It took me much less time to write the poem at the beginning of each of those chapters than it took me to write the first few paragraphs. I'm not saying this to brag, I'm just pointing out that some people are prone to writing poetry more than others. If you are one of those people, you should pursue it. Save all your poems, and then publish them for others to enjoy. There are lots of people who enjoy reading poetry as much as you enjoy writing it.