I am probably one of the most eclectic people I know, from my music taste, to my friend groups, to my interests, etc. With that being said, I was born with a gift. At least, I’d like to think of it that way. It’s the ability to take words and make them whatever I want them to be. It started as songs and short stories when I was younger. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to write poetry as an outlet. Since I’ve been on BALM, I believe I’ve made a significant impact on the Creative Writing section. I drop poems every month, sometimes not even writing articles. But I’ve been referred to as a “depressed poet’ on various occasions, which isn’t true for multiple reasons.
I’m not depressed anymore. I was for a short period of me being on BALM and writing poems, but the reason most of my poems are sad is because I write when I’m in situations that make me sad. Also, I’m so much more than a poet. I’m a songwriter, I’m an author, and in general… I am a writer. So, while I appreciate the recognition for my art, I am so much more than a “depressed poet.” I’m an artist. My choice of art just so happens to be writing. I’m in the middle of writing a book. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m the best storyteller I know. I’m so great at so many different things pertaining to writing, and I feel that although my poetry is one of my best writing strengths, I should be recognized for so much more.
I understand that this IS something I can control. So, moving forward, I will put out at least one article (and more creative writing that isn’t poetry). Not only is it others that are trapping me in a box; I’m doing it to myself. I’m not showcasing all of my talent to its fullest extent, and that’s on me. In no way, shape, form, or fashion am I complaining about people liking my work. I enjoy that people want to hear what I have to say. I am more than happy that people want to read me pouring my heart out on a page in a Weebly site. But I want to show people more.
I’ve always had a passion for writing. It’s always been a thing I did for fun because I’m naturally good at it. Every piece of writing you guys have ever seen from me never took long and never took too much thinking because my words have always just poured out of me. My only fear with trying to slightly alter my image is that writing will become a chore and I won’t want to do it anymore. I’ve always had struggles with trying to find balance in doing things I like. So, unfortunately, just like most good things, this has its drawbacks. More articles and other pieces of writing equal fewer poems. (I’m sorry to anybody who enjoyed reading six poems by Trey Sherrod about his sh*tty love life.)