Poetess Dream

I dreamed to become a poetess as a child.

I don’t know whether it’s part of cultural training or it’s purely from my own will, I literally recited 300 famous classic poems from Tang and Song dynasties at the age of ten.

The rhetorical lyric of the words and the musicality of the rhymes in the poems captured my heart dearly. I immersed myself in a world of beauty and passion….

As a teenager, I tried to write many poems, and even managed to publish a few. I was convinced that if I ever had a talent, it must be in writing poems!

Apparently, I didn’t turn out to be a poetess. As worldly as I am, it was never meant to be. Nevertheless, my love for poetry has become a lifetime passion.

Coming to America and being in another language didn’t stop me from enjoying poetry. Reading poems and reflecting upon the meanings not only give me a sense of grace, but also let me keep in perspective the things around me.

Good poems are timeless and borderless. Looking at my bookshelf, there are increasing collections of the poems from John Keats, Tagore, Robert Frost, Rumi….

Among my favorite poets, Khalil Gibran certainly stands out. His poems A Tear and A Smile, The Prophet, and The Creation are the masterpieces utterly out-of-this-world.

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would rather that I died in yearning and longing than that I lived weary and despairing. I want the hunger for love and beauty to be in the depths of my soul…

Gilbran’s poems glimpse into the mystery of the universe and touch upon the very essence of our beings…. I consider Gilbran’s poems the most awe-inspiring works after the Holy Writings such as The Bible, The Koran, and The Kitáb-i-Aqdas.

Although I have never become a poetess myself, through poetry, I see the world unseen.

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19 thoughts on “Poetess Dream

  1. Hi, Helen,

    This is a beautiful blog and you are indeed a talented woman!

    Here is to life!
    Jennifer

  2. The Magic Of Love

    Love is like magic
    And it always will be.
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    And there’s nothing in life
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    Love can transform
    The most commonplace
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    Love is unselfish,
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    Love is the answer
    That everyone seeks…
    Love is the language,
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    Love can’t be bought,
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    – Helen Steiner Rice –

  3. The Magic Of Love

    Love is like magic
    And it always will be.
    For love still remains
    Life’s sweet mystery!!

    Love works in ways
    That are wondrous and strange
    And there’s nothing in life
    That love cannot change!!

    Love can transform
    The most commonplace
    Into beauty and splendor
    And sweetness and grace.

    Love is unselfish,
    Understanding and kind,
    For it sees with its heart
    And not with its mind!!

    Love is the answer
    That everyone seeks…
    Love is the language,
    That every heart speaks.

    Love can’t be bought,
    It is priceless and free,
    Love, like pure magic,
    Is life’s sweet mystery!!

    – Helen Steiner Rice –

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    Thanks!

  5. Hi Helen,
    Very interesting… your writing is really poetic, do you not recognize yourself?

    Poetess Dream

    Rhetorical lyric of the words
    Musicality of the rhymes

    Poetry

    You capture my heart dearly
    Immersed, I find a world of
    Passion and Beauty

    Giving me a sense of grace
    Through a perspective
    That is timeless and bordeless
    Outwordly masterpieces

    Glimpses of our essence
    Mystery of our universe
    Through Poetry
    I see the world unseen

    All written in your post. Sounds like freestyle poetry too me 🙂

  6. I read some of the 300 Famous Classic Poems and I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed reading them. I intend read all of them in time.

  7. I loved your poems because you are an amazing writer and think you have true vision as a poetess regardless of your status.

  8. John Keats and Robert Frost are two of my favorite poets as well. I also enjoy Alfred Lord Tennyson, notably his poem “The Lady of Shalott”, and Lord Byron, which my favorite is “She Walks in Beauty.”

    I shall look into the poems from your youth; they sound very interesting. It is quite commendable to have memorized all of those poems!

  9. Bellevoce,

    Thank you for digging into my archive for the old posts. And thank you for sharing your interest in poem. We have a lot in common!

    My childhood poems are in Chinese, and hopefully I will find them someday :-).