Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Inspiration Behind Hugs & Kisses

Hello Poetteers,

Three years ago I published Hugs & Kisses. To celebrate I want to share the inspiration behind the book. I get my inspiration from any and everywhere. My poems Strip Me and Let it Go are inspired by songs of the same titles. When everyone read my poem Let It Go they all thought of the song and teased me. I had shared the poem as a spoken word piece. I couldn’t get the song out of my head and it made the poem feel odd. You couldn’t think of the words let it go without thinking of the song. I feel the poem is different from the song.

If I wrote it with more distance from the song, the comparison wouldn’t feel so heavy. It’s not always like that. The song Strip Me is not as popular as the song Let it Go and is an older song, so the song isn’t compared to the poem. With writing these poems I’ve learned to have patience in sharing them and be careful with your words. Show the difference and make it personal with your own story. 

Has a song ever inspired you to write a poem?

Stay inspired,


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Poetry Collaborate

Hello Poetteers,

I write my own poems. At the end of last year, I started collaborating with other poets. In poetry collaborations, it all depends on the person and the topic. Whether your writing style is similar or different, is there compatibility? It's good if they write similar to you. It makes things easier. But there should be enough difference to challenge your writing. It makes you step out of your comfort zone, to write something else.

With the poem collaborations I've done, I've seen you don't need full sentences. Most of the people I worked with wrote longer pieces and it challenged me to write long pieces. I usually keep my poems short. Other people keep their poems short, too, so I'm not alone. I got to see how a longer poem can make a story fuller and more personable.

The typical go to when collaborating on a poem is that I write one part of a poem and the other person will the other half. You don’t always have to write like that. Maybe write the beginning and end and they write the middle. Maybe they can write one line, you write one, they write the next line and keep going back and forth until you wrap up the poem.

Compatibility is important, but so is communication. Find out how you want to keep in touch: email, in person, text. Bounce ideas and come up with a topic and the direction you want to take it. It doesn't end once you finish writing the piece, there is also the editing process. You just wrote two separate parts and you need to see how it will flow together.

There you have it. Stay inspired,


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Week Long Poetry Challenge

Hello Poetteers,

I’m coming back from my hiatus a week earlier. I have a new set of prompts for you. There is another change to the poetry prompts. It’s phrases instead of words because with the poem a day challenge I saw how much I loved the challenge of having to include a specific phrase in a poem. I hope you enjoy the phrase prompts, too. There is no poetry bundle to go with it since this is just a week long prompt challenge. Share your poems using #ShapeOfBeautiful.

Stay inspired,


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Haiku As A Stepping Stone

Hello Poetteers,

In this video, I share how haiku can be a stepping stone to poetry. Fun fact: When I first got into poetry one of my first pieces was writing several haikus to be one long poem. I think that's where I found that poetry form wasn't for me but then being introduced to free verse and seeing it's my style.

Stay inspired, 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Poem: What Is In A Name

What Is In A Name

Your name is the love your parents have for you
it is something you give life to
be as strong as your name
and live it up

Your name has many meanings
of what it is in another language
it connects you to your homeland

It gives others an image that touches their heart
it gives you a love bigger than you

Your name holds your heritage and culture
it holds your heart
it holds you.

Stay inspired,

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blog Hiatus

Hello Poetteers, 

It's Ramadan and summertime! I have decided to take a two month-long break from blogging and social media. I'll be back in August! 

stay inspired, 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Revisit Older Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

Today we are revisiting some of my favorite and most popular posts I’ve done through the years. Some of my most popular posts are my original poetry. I really enjoyed the prompt to write a love letter between two inanimate objects.

As Ramadan is here and bullet journaling is becoming popular, this post is well loved. Here is how the first month of bullet journaling went. If you would love to read more from me, read my poetry book A to Z Poetry. Relive the announcement here.

Thank you,