Spark Your Creativity # 16 (This is Me Poem)

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  1. PaintedDiary

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    Spark Your Creativity Challenge # 16 (This is Me Poem)

    Spark Your Creativity #16 (Exercise: Write a “This is Me” poem).


    :toot:This challenge created by me was inspired by one of Ms Jacquii’s Favorite Songs,
    (Here’s Where I Stand…by Tiffany Taylor in the movie CAMP)…Ms Jacquii often refers to this song as her anthem. I love love love this as well and viewed it once again yesterday, and thought of this challenge. Please view the video and lyrics to the song if you like.


    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG2UH4bXcsI[/YOUTUBE]

    LYRICS

    [Tiffany Taylor] (Cast)

    Here in the Dark
    I stand before you
    This is my chance to show you my heart
    This is the start, this is the start.

    I have so much to say and I'm hoping
    That your Arms are open
    Don't turn away, don't you need me?
    But you have to hear me.

    Here's where I stand,
    Here's who I am
    Love me, but don't tell me who I have to be
    Here's who I am,
    I'm what you see.

    You said I had to change and I was trying
    But my heart was lying
    I'm not a child any longer
    I am stroooongerrrr

    Here's where I stand,
    Here's who I am
    Help me, to move on but please don't tell me how
    I'm on my way, I'm moving out


    In this life we've come so far
    but we're only who we are (who we are)
    Courage of love (Courage of Love)
    will show us the way (Show us the way)
    Unlock the power
    To stand up and saaaaa--aaaaayyy (Stand upppp)

    (Up and say!)
    Herreeeee's where I stand
    Here's who I am
    (Stand Up) I'll be counting, counting on you
    If you're with me, we'll make it through

    Here's where I stand,
    Here's who I am
    Love me, Love me, Love me, and we'll make it through

    Here's where I stand,
    Baby, Baby, Baby, I'm counting on you

    Here's where I stand
    Love me, Love me, Love me, and we'll make it through

    I'm counting, Oooh,
    I'm counting,
    I'm counting, I'm counting onn....
    Yooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    [Tiffany adlibs throughout this part]

    (Here's where I stand,
    Here's who I am
    I'm counting on you)

    (Here's where I stand,
    Here's who I am
    We'll make it through)

    (Here's where I stand,
    Here's who I am
    I'm counting on you)

    (Here's where I stand,
    Here's who I am
    We'll make it through)

    (Repeat till fade)​



    About writing a “This is Me” poem:

    This exercise will give you a chance to be inspired to write about yourself! One of the hardest writes for some poets and authors is to write about themselves. The song speaks of acceptance, acceptance of one’s self, acceptance by others for who you are and where you stand. Not something else that other’s may want you to be or to become.

    Having said that, please write a poem (rhyme or free verse of 20 lines) expressing “who you are,”
    where you stand,” and “what you want your audience to be able to “feel” and “visualize” about the
    "real you” after reading your poem.



    Exercise:

    · Write a 20-line poem. Any format. Any rhyme scheme.
    · The title of your poem must be strong and really describe “YOU”. Strong in the sense that we may even figure out who wrote the poem before reading it.
    · The inspiration and content for your poem must be in sync with the theme of the song provided.
    · The purpose of this exercise is that you may be inspired by writing about your strengths, weaknesses, your quirks, your heart, your humor, the love inside you, your ways, the depth of your poetic soul, how you value things & people, how you direct us to recognize something wonderful & beautiful about you, and etc.
    · Make your poem memorable and linger in our minds! Leave us shaking our heads saying, "Yup, that certainly is ________!".

    You will most likely be surprised what you come up with when writing about “yourself” and may even discover something “new” about yourself.

    The benefit of this exercise will allow you to see that even though Writers Block may creep up on us, that these exercises may help us to overcome that nasty critter!

    Enjoy AND Happy posting! :kiss: SMOOCHES :)


    {{{~~~***Dr. Rob***~~~}}}​
     
  3. MsJacquiiC

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    :wow: Great exercise KIM = Thanx for posting it!

    Jacquii.
     
  4. PaintedDiary

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    Your Welcome Ms Jacquii and thank you for being me inspiration! I can't wait to read the "This Is Me" poems as we have such a rich diverse community!

    PD ;)
     
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    “Reflections Of My Soul”

    I see evil, evil in your eyes
    There have been many days of my life
    Silence has surrounded me
    Unforgiving wanting to fight
    Fight the evil rising in me
    ~
    My heart shines
    Shines on me
    With the reflection
    Of love
    Evading solitude within my heart
    ~
    The beast lies dormant
    Covered with true love
    True love that comes from deep down
    Deep down in the pit of my soul
    Waking up
    Showing emotions of
    Who I really am
    ~
    This is who I am
    Showing you
    Reflections of my soul
     
  6. lasher

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    Hey now PIM,

    Nice look into your soul.... Yes, we all have our beasts hidden within, yours must be covered with an eternity of true love, for I cannot see evil residing in you - not with the words that burst forth onto your pages for us to enjoy...
    Fantastic reflection Art, enjoyed the read mucho this mornin'........
     
  7. JolieH

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    This is Me

    I’m not how you see me, inside I am new,
    first woman in my family to earn a degree.
    Don’t try to hold me back, don’t put down my dreams
    because you don’t understand me anymore.
    Don’t think I am crazy for climbing the ladder later than most.
    I’ve made a choice to be what I once thought impossible.
    Don’t try to convince me that my dreams aren’t real
    that the years I spent in college were wasted time.
    I love this new person I discovered within myself.
    I cannot live inside of the shell you pasted around me.
    I’ve chisel in hand. I’m on my way out. The shell is thin and cracking.
    I love all of those above who showed me what to believe,
    the ghosts on the ladder, the spirit of knowledge rising.
    My greatest desire is to share only a speck of their courage
    to feel a miniscule of pride for my effort to lead
    my future generation to that great sea of respect,
    to give them courage to climb what once seemed impossible.
    I’m not trying to prove myself better. I know more than ever that I am not.
    So please don’t step on me, don’t try to hold me down.
    My struggle is hard enough without the weight of your disapproval.
     
  8. Kit Carson

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    It’s Easy To Hide Inside A Dream

    There is no hiding place for the poet
    I dodged the issue for thirty long years
    Running from that stage fright, don’t you know it
    Forever putting excuses to my fears
    ~
    I dodged the issue for thirty long years
    While living a life so worth the living
    Forever putting excuses to my fears
    My own soul to keep, that now I’m giving
    ~
    While living a life so worth the living
    When I’m holding the treasure in my hands
    My own soul to keep, that now I’m giving
    Well worn particles of time’s golden sands
    ~
    When I’m holding the treasure in my hands
    I can see the world with eyes wide open
    Well worn particles of time’s golden sands
    Bound for that which I was always hoping
    ~
    I can see the world with eyes wide open
    Running from that stage fright, don’t you know it
    Bound for that which I was always hoping
    There is no hiding place for the poet
    ~
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  9. Kit Carson

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    Way to go Art, keep reflecting that poetic soul my friend. Jolie, great words...I am proud to be one of those ghosts...and one who knows how hard it is to keep hold of those dreams.
     
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    Shhh. No one knows

    Shhhh. No one knows!

    Laughter is my soul food
    My faith is my subsistence
    My daughter is the air I breathe
    My skin defines my existence
    My pain is my drive
    Forgiveness is my brake
    Men are my weakness
    The person most people know, she’s fake
    My mistakes haunts my soul and
    Bad decisions torment my spirit
    Being a mother, mistakes are eternally unforgiven
    Heartache and pain, Love and war, more money more problems
    The essence of lessons learned
    I’m hurting inside, the fire continues to burn
    I am not always happy, and my life isn’t great
    My voicemail is lying, this agony I can’t shake
    Without god, my life would have no meaning
    Thank goodness for his grace
    Understanding of his world, my life is leaning
    Shhhhhh, No one knows!
     
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    I Am Poet

    I am poet
    Read my word
    Soul on paper
    Voice unheard
    Until you open
    Up your mind
    As eyes see
    In rhymes find
    Where I am
    In my head
    Riddled passage
    Thoughts unsaid
    Searching trips
    Wanting more
    Path spelled out
    To the door
    Only written
    In this book
    Feel my heart
    Take a look
     
  12. nomadicrhymer

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    These are all so wonderfully written! :wow: I think I took the wrong route, but where the pen goes, I follow. Or is that where the muse goes? Haven't seen her/it around lately. Must be off to Europe with Ms. J's.

    Displaced Soul Sitting on a Happy Cloud

    Me?! I’m here,
    not there
    deal with me
    on my own terms
    saved…
    child of Jesus
    honesty, loyalty and truth
    as old-fashioned as they be
    they make up me
    deal with me, not
    with noxious smells
    of decaying trust
    but in five dimensional
    time travel to
    worlds unknown
    as my imagination grows
    friendship is worth pain
    love is worth death
    children are worth it all
    glimpses of future and past lives
    reminds my soul
    of wasted opportunities
    deal with me now
    in this century
    not after I am dead
    an effigy held up
    as an example to future
    generations
    deal with me…how?
    Gently, but gently
    my psyche’s delicate
    sensitivity bruises
    easily, although
    tough shells have
    erected themselves
    as protective knights.

    I feel, I hurt…I sob
    for my children’s future
    in a world of woe
    though I see the beauty
    all around….underlying
    evil…pervasive evil…awaits
    ready to snap its jaws
    around their innocence
    deal with me…mother…
    sister…friend…
    advisor…in need
    of advice…in need
    of love…in need
    of a parent
    in need.

    This is who I am
    whom I seek
    when I look to me
    for answers.
    When I look at me
    the other me
    who looks back laughing
    while I cry
    whose derisive criticism
    straightens my backbone
    who seeks to crush
    the tenderness within
    will she win?

    This is who I choose to be
    because honor prevails
    because life’s trails
    all lead to God
    and death is but
    the beginning
    of life.

    ©nomadicrhymer
     
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    Just want to say, I'm really enjoying these poems.'
    Art with your shining heart reflecting love, I've seen it in so many of your poems, such a warm person with a lot of emotion just begging for release.
    Kit, Looks like that audience has you netted and they're dragging you on stage. You have too many wonderful stories to tell to keep them to yourself, and you’re a super cool ghost – almost cool as Casper.
    Comika, you are a passion driven, strong lady and like me in so many ways. We all regret choices we made. Sometimes our regrets are also our strengths.
    Nomad, your vibrant spirit is uplifting. I admire your energy and enthusiasm. You’re always around with something nice to say - love those kind replies.
     
  14. PaintedDiary

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    I love love love these replies everyone...please keep them coming!!!!!! So inspiring, uplifting and simply beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

    JUST :w::o::w:!!!!

    PD :)
     
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    This is Me



    In the Mirror

    Don't look because
    you won't see
    all of me
    there is to be.

    I am pleasant
    looking on the outside
    if you can look past
    the size of my waist.

    Don't think because
    I am fat... that I
    eat everything
    and snack uncontrollably.

    My family tells me
    I eat like a bird,
    peckish appetite
    and a fussy eater.

    I prefer nights
    to days even alone
    because they are
    the softer time.

    I am always
    in the mood
    to have some
    loving touches.

    I rarely get
    what I want
    because it is
    never the right time.

    I wish to do
    it all over again
    so I could change
    what I did wrong.

    I wish I could
    have found me
    and learned to like me
    earlier than I did.

    I wish I had learned
    not to listen to everyone
    before listening
    to my own heart.

    But most of all
    I wish the emptiness
    that continually invades
    my soul would be filled.

    This is me but
    not all of me
    because don't you see
    I am am complexity,
    a story in the making,
    a life ever evolving
    to be the best me
    I can strive to be.


    and GOD DAMN Jacquii.......... that jiggling ass while I am trying to write and post is

    too...... waaaaaaaaaaaaay too distracting .... especially to a woman who gets none. I kept
    getting the urge to poke it. lol.
     
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    Mysty, Hey girl! This was a great tap into you. I would have never guessed that about you. In your writing you seem so self-assured. But, I am new to the Jpic so I've only read a couple of them. I love that that being a part of this community is like a mirror to me. I see so much of myself in many of the postings and other writers see some of themselves in me. My best friend is a big girl and she is absolutely beautiful. I am not just saying that. Like when we go out, (I am like 115 with a bubble butt) she always get more attention from nice looking men than me. I could have my belly out, and they walk right pass me to her. I be like "you go girl !" ! Men absolutely love her. She go on more dates than me every week. Guess what? This chick knows that she's the shit! She exudes it in her walk, her speech, her entire demeanor. She knows that a man is a lucky or blessed man if he wins her heart. The fact that she knows influence everyone else's perception of her. Confidence is the best make over any one can ever get. I say this because people probably do see beauty beyond your waiste. The question is, do you? The way you feel about your weight, I use to feel about my skin. I would say if people could just look past the darkness of my skin tone, they would see that I am not that ugly. Then I realized that it was me pertraying what I thought of myself in the inside on the outside. Most people didn't not think I was ugly. I just assumed they did. Some did, still do, and it's always those that got to let you know. But, now I see myslef as not just beautiful, but a regal beauty. And girl, guess what? So do most peple. They feed off me. Try it!
     
  17. nomadicrhymer

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    Mysty, it's amazing how much we kick ourselves now, wishing that we had the foresight a long time ago...these words that you have written apply to everyone...well, the women...I have no idea if men second guess themselves like this later on in life. Great write!! ...and the size of your waist is the same size as your heart. :yay:

    I wish I could
    have found me
    and learned to like me
    earlier than I did.

    I wish I had learned
    not to listen to everyone
    before listening
    to my own heart.
     
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    JOLIE - I love this new person I discovered within myself.
    I cannot live inside of the shell you pasted around me.
    I’ve chisel in hand. I’m on my way out. The shell is thin and cracking.



    MISSC - The person most people know, she’s fake
    My mistakes haunts my soul and
    Bad decisions torment my spirit


    It's funny that we (well, the women anyway) all seem to be about discovery of self and progression through life to the realization that we were good enough to begin with! :yay:

    Nomad
     
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    We have two lives - the one we learn with and the life we life after that. ”
    - Bernard Malamud
     
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    What coincidence, I did this a few days ago...
    Can't use comp on weekdays due to the exams..
    But anyway...

    Striving Boy

    Happiness is my mission
    Laughter is my target
    Smiles is my dream,
    Thanks is my salary.

    I like what you don’t like,
    I live what you hate to live,
    I want what you throw,
    I treasure what you took for granted

    You left me alone, abandoned me
    You thought I was smiling, I was frowning
    You reckoned that you could cheat me easily
    You are wrong, I saw your black heart smiling

    I don’t need gold bars,
    I don’t need toys,
    I need friends and happiness,
    I hate quarrels and fights
    I’m happy just sitting somewhere everyone smiles,

    I’m me, me am I
    I look at the mirror, I see me,
    Me look at the mirror, me see I
    No one tells me I’m not me,
    I can tell me that me am I...
     
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