Donít Call it Poetry
By Rosalyn Rita Nicholas
Poems about life representing fifty years of writing by an Army daughter poet.
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Throughout her life the poet found that many people shy away from poetry. They say they donít like it; they donít understand it; they are afraid of it. Poetry is as popular as a rattlesnake. The poet studied poetry in high school and college and has written poetry for fifty years. Naturally, oneís mind and heart grow and change over time. All of us evolve. The poet certainly has, and still does. In reading the oldest poems written, there is a young girlís innocence in some, yet a remarkable maturity and wisdom in others. Poems are not differentiated as to age when written. Surely the reader may be able to do that, but maybe not. Poetry is what one wants it to be. This poetry is not written in any accepted or expected style. Rather, it was written purely for the poet herself. She wrote as a method of sharing thoughts, experiences, dreams, images, senses, feelings, memories. Some recollections were her own, and some belong to those who shared theirs with her. Some poems are mental exercises woven onto paper, while others are dreams caught before the poet truly woke. Her writing may not be poetry, but it is honest, and it is authentic. Poetry is what you want it to be. If you feel it, it is real. Just read aloud from line to line just as you would a book. Itís not fancy, itís Potpourri.
Born to a career United States Army officer and his wife, Rosalyn Rita Nicholas has lived at thirty-two addresses in her life including two foreign countries and nine states by the age of twenty-four. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a bachelorís degree in English, meeting the grade point standard for Magna Cum Laude designation. Now retired, she worked many years in state government at a major social services agency writing statewide policy from federal regulations and state law. Rosalyn Rita Nicholas lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been writing since youth.
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