Michael and I are very excited to welcome poetry blogger, Walt Page, to Robbiesinspiration as part of our Poetry Readathon and Poetry Blogs promotional series.
Walt writes the most beautiful poetry which you can find on his blog here: https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/about/
Tell us a bit about yourself, Walt
I have been called The Tennessee Poet, and I guess you would say a romantic old rock drummer, musician, US Air Force veteran and an open heart surgery survivor. I have been published on Vita Brevis, Visual Verse and Slasher Monster Magazine. I live on the Cumberland Plateau in the Tennessee with my wife Susan, 2 horses and 10 rescue dogs. I started Walt’s Writings On Life in April, 2017. I had gone through several months of recovery and cardiac rehab after my open heart surgery. I was limited in what the doctors would let me do so I started writing again. I had always been writing and had written poetry for an earlier website of mine. I have lived a long life with many experiences and lessons to share. I have always enjoyed writing and creating websites with words, photos and music that fit a particular thought or theme. I am also a
husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a brother-in-law, an uncle and a cousin and
a preacher’s kid.
We are glad you started writing again, Walt, so that we can enjoy you fabulous poetry.
Who is your favourite poet?
Since my ancestry is Scottish, from the Lindsay Clan, I have to say Robert Burns,
who is also called Robbie. I am also intrigued and enjoy the writings of Sylvia Plath.
There are also many poets here on WordPress that I follow and enjoy their work.
Robert Burns is also my son, Gregory’s, favourite poet and he also has Scottish ancestry as my husband’s family are originally from Scotland.
What is your favourite poem?
I am very fond of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. I particularly enjoy the last stanza:
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
I also enjoy Sylvia Plath’s dark poem, “Lady Lazarus”. The following lines summarize her fascination with death and dying:
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I’ve a call.
It’s easy enough to do it in a cell.
It’s easy enough to do it and stay put.
It’s the theatrical
Comeback in broad day
To the same place, the same face, the same brute
That knocks me out.”
These are both beautiful extracts from these excellent poems, Walt.
Poetry Of The Moment by Walt Page
One of my most popular poems on my blog is “Poetry Of The Moment”
Each and every moment
Is its own poetry
The tick of a clock
The turning of a page
Each drop of rain
The cry of a baby
The wag of a tail
In every moment
Poetry is created
A poem exists
In the beat of a heart
The blink of any eye
On the wings of a butterfly
A musical note
The scent of a flower
The purr of a cat
Poetry is everywhere
Inside and outside
All around about
Be in the moment
Be the poetry
You are meant to be
~The Tennessee Poet~
©Walt Page 2018 All Rights Reserved
This is a wonderful poem, Walt. I can definitely see why it is popular.
What do you appreciate the most in a poem?
I appreciate simplicity with vivid imagery that allows me to not only understand what the poet is saying, but also to see, feel, smell hear and taste the descriptions he or she uses. I have read many poems that bewilder me and that I have no idea what they are trying to say. I appreciate it when I can read and enjoy a poem without having to stop every other line or two to look up the meaning of a word. I find that too distracting and I won’t finish reading the poem. I just don’t feel that people talk that way, so why write that way.
I also keep my poetry fairly simple, Walt, and I also enjoy poems that are clear in their meaning and message.
Why do you write poetry?
I write to express what’s in my head at the time… my feelings, my thoughts, my reality and it keeps me sane. I suffer from chronic pain and writing helps take my mind off that pain. I cherish the comments people make on my posts. I received this recently – “…know that your writing/poetry speaks to many of us, and helps us. You have purpose!” Comments like that keep me writing my poetry. I truly enjoy the whole process of writing my poetry and write everything by hand in a notebook.
I can understand how people find your poetry uplifting and inspirational, Walt. I also feel like that when I visit your blog.
Find Walt Page
Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/thetennesseepoet/
Instagram Page is https://www.instagram.com/the_tennessee_poet/
Twitter is: @waltpage – https://twitter.com/WaltPage