Life is burning well for me these days. I am a proud parent, a lucky husband, and employed. I have pretty much ditched T.V. for reading in both digital and book forms (I do still like a good movie). Content is published by all sorts of people in all sorts of ways. Someone reads something and blogs about it. A picture goes viral and everyone jumps on the band wagon to add their own take. The more I read the more everything looks the same. I am guilty of it here at Chew the Fat. It's not easy to create something new. I say the world needs it. Yes, we do need more warrior poets.
Enter The Warrior
When I use the term warrior I am referring the the Dan Millman version of a Peaceful Warrior (a book everyone should read). This is someone who is interested in making the world better by starting with themselves and then they just vibrate. A warrior does not follow trends or care much about what others do. They focus on their own actions. Warriors become themselves and then create the world. Warriors are hard to find. I want to be a warrior someday.
Enter The Poet
To me a poet provides a commentary on life that becomes something different for everyone who reads their work. It becomes somehow what the reader needs even if they didn't know they needed it. A poem is always unique. It evokes emotion. It has the ability to inspire without saying too much. One of my favorite poems is by Robert Frost called The Road Not Taken. I read it twenty years ago and it still inspires me today. I mostly agree with Leonard Cohen's quote above with one exception. If you're alive you are burning. There is no choice. A good poem just reflects the flames.
I'm going to become a poet. Notice I didn't say a good poet. Just a poet. You may have seen a few attempts at haiku lately (a long ways form one thousand). In addition to my poetic trials I will be more original in an attempt to become myself (you'll still find a shirt somewhere). If you think poetry is not your thing you might be right. Or...you may just have to adjust your flame.
I Say - Yes the world needs more Warrior Poets. Burn baby burn.