Ailing Me In A Poetic Way
Healing Yesterday’s Tears is an inspiring collection of poetry about your struggle to overcome depression and adversity. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Healing Yesterday’s Tears was important for me to write because it derived directly from my process of healing from the emotional trauma I suffered as a child into adulthood. At a certain point in my life, all the negative emotion I’d experienced reached a limit. I reached a breaking point. So, one day, as a substitute for my usual journal writing, I began to write poetry. This is when I finally began to feel some release. And Healing Yesterday’s Tears emerged out of this process.
What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?
One piece of advice that I was given was to “Create my own opportunities.” This advice changed the course of my life. It really shaped who I am today. It helped me to stop seeking outside approval and validation. And begin focusing on myself. By approaching life from this independent frame of mind, I’ve grown in so many ways – I’ve acquired new skills, taken on challenges without intimidation, and become more confident and stronger as a person.
I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?
In essence, each poem and experience were difficult to write because I wrote each one during a period of intense emotion. I was reliving an incident or experiencing an emotional episode in real-time. I chose to pen the emotions that were very real to me at that moment. Each time I did this, I felt better. Writing out what was ailing me in a poetic way made the emotions tangible and helped me to separate myself from the pain.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from reading your collection of poetry?
The one thing I hope readers take away from reading Healing Yesterday’s Tears is that poetry has the power to heal. And you don’t have to know all the technical aspects of writing poetry to take advantage of it. If something is bothering you, get a pencil and some paper and write a simple poem about it. I guarantee it will aid in making you feel better.