Why I Write

The short answer is happiness. I find satisfaction in being creative in any way; whether that be writing poetry, making music or taking photos. Sharing them with others helps me improve which, in turn, makes me even happier.

I write to record memories and states of mind. If I don’t lose what I’ve written, something I’ve done before, it helps me relive moments of my past that I might otherwise have forgotten.

It’s also simply a good way to exercise your mind. Combing my brain for words, challenging myself for metaphors and meaningful bits of wisdom to convey seems a worthy effort.

I tend to gravitate towards stricter rhyme and meter. Differently, poetry that is more free-flowing, looser and adventurous is definitely something I can work on. Themes of history, conflict and time often seem to establish themselves.

Finally, sometimes I find that being creative grants valuable perspective on the world. After all, you’re thinking critically, scanning for possibilities and being observant.

by Garret Woo

1/10/2019

Youth

Less tightly held in youth does life concede
To the clock, its worth, inevitably.
The value of life begins unfounded
But soon, with age, its cost is counted.
As grapes upon the vine be ripened,
Their tender force, in time, is siphoned.
Now held precious by cautious grip,
Memories, as the mind does slip.

by Garret Woo

1/5/2019

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