Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Housewife Poet

I have never officially called myself a poet. Writing poetry has always been a private activity for me. I rarely tell even my family about one of my poems. Writing poetry is such an individual, intimate experience. Most of the time, my ideas for a poem hit me spontaneously. No one really knows that I may be writing a poem at the kitchen table as my kids eat lunch. I think that I like keeping my poetry as my own little secret. It is not a conscious decision to hold my poetry so close. It may be my way of holding on to a part of me that is not wife or mommy. This poetic part of me brings peace to a usually hectic day. This poetic part of me brings clarity to a sometimes distracted perspective.

I claim to want to be published. But I have to wonder if I like being the only audience for my poems. I write out these poems like a personal diary filled with bits and pieces of me. Maybe that's why I feel protective of releasing them to others' scrutiny. Calling myself a poet sounds like a public declaration. Most of my day is about being a housewife/mother first. Poetry steps forward at times in my life. When that inspiration hits me, I respond. But I always circle back to caring for my children and home. So it may be fitting to think of myself as The Housewife Poet. Maybe it's not as regal as other poet titles, but it defines me right now.


Jenners said...

I think it is important for every woman -- especially mothers who end up giving so much of themselves all day long -- to have some kind of private personal thing that is just for them. And I think keeping it to yourself helps to protect that cherished privacy. After all, when you have kids, privacy seems to pretty much go out the window! So good for you! I'm glad you have this little piece of joy for you and you alone!

And thanks for joining me on my blog! I totally appreciate it! And I love your profile picture -- it is so happy and fun1

Lori Lynn said...

I think the name has a ring to it. Good luck with it!

A Closet Writer said...

I find that the most beautiful poetry often comes from mothers. I have written poems for years and rarely share them. I'm not ready yet. There's a season for everything and I'm sure one day you will be able to share it, even if it's only with your family.

Sara Moriarty-delaFuente said...

Yes, save something four yourself. You deserve it.

I love your title. It is regal and credits a special side of yourself.

The zinnias are great, BTW.

Lois Lane II said...

If you ever publish a book, you should title it, "The Housewife Poet." I like that!