Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The First Poem

There were no words for all that lay within
till, suddenly, there were all the words,
coming in a torrent like an unblocked river,
or trickling in small eddies 
into the far corners of her heart.

Her dad had died that summer
she turned fourteen.
And there began
a Great Unsilencing.

This is written for Magaly Guerrero's prompt at Real Toads for Day 1 of NaPoWriMo: What sparked your poetic heart? She wants us to write about the poem that began or inspired our poetic journey. In my case, when I was fourteen, sitting in school, suddenly the lines of a poem began to float through my head. I quickly wrote them down, creating my first poem. It came from I know not where, as I had not been exposed to poetry at home, though I read everything I could get my hands on in fiction. But after that, I continued to write poems for the rest of my life. 


  1. "The Great Unsilencing"!
    Perfect: from nothing to everything!

  2. Don't know if my first comment made it through or not, but I especially like that first stanza. It echoes my own experience,


  3. The 'Great Unsilencing'! What a powerful moment in any writer's life.

  4. I also loved 'the Great Unsilencing'... Im so impressed that you can remember as well... I saw the prompt too late, but if I hadn't I'm not sure I could have gone back that far and picked a moment. Anyway, lovely piece!

  5. Wow. What a nice story. How wonderful to be inspired so early in life. You were meant to be a poet and you didn't even have to think about it.

  6. I agree, this is a ripple in a huge, deep pond-wow~
    I too love this feeling of the 'Great Unsilencing'-mind altering magic!

  7. luv the last line, a perfect beginning

    happy you dropped by to read mine

    much love...

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  9. Perfect start for Day One. Best wishes, Sherry!!
    It's hard when your dad dies, even when much older.
    You don't have a 'Dad' anymore.
    Sounds like the poetry sort of kept you together and going back then.
    I'd love to read some of those early poems.

  10. Poetry does feel like the great unsilencing--beautiful write and beautiful to know where it came from for you

  11. This is short and like the torrent it describes--really well done, Sherry, and very moving. k. (Manicddaily)

  12. Oh my goodness. Whoosh...goosebumps. Your poem, Sherry, is so affecting and effective. Perfect!

  13. Yes! What better way to 'unsilence' what begs to come out than with poetry. I love this Sherry.

  14. Once those first drop break the clouds' seal, what follows are wonderful storms... roaring.

    Love this! ♥

  15. 'Unsilencing' is such a beautiful word, thanks for that, thanks for this moment of your life put here. Poetry was never a river to me, I have the impression I've always had to struggle with words to write anything. :)

    Kiss you Sherry!

  16. "And there began a great unsilencing" Such a moving line. I think for many of us who write poetry we find it to be our salvation.

  17. Beautiful, Sherry! Almost always the great unsilencing comes after we get hurt. Pain was such a vital thing to poets, was it not? Smiles.

    - ksm

  18. I love that phrase,' a Great Unsilencing.' How wonderful that that happened.


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