Here’s a #BehindtheVerse Round-Up for the month of February. I know that it’s a tad late but I figured that while I can’t commit to writing one poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month, I’d start doing this instead. I already got a head start with Lola’s Garden yesterday so I’ll kick off the weekend with this haiku and micro poem round-up. Hopefully, I can make this a monthly thing from now on.
After months without an update on the IG page and even after I purchased a domain name for this website, I still couldn’t bring myself to share my words with the world. 2021 rolled around before I finally came to my senses. I was still a little apprehensive, so I just decided to share a haiku I made years ago.
I forced myself to finally come out of my shell and FINALLY invited my close friends to like my page. That was such a feat for me because I consider poetry to be very personal, which translates to nobody but me ever reads it. So this haiku was a start of a commitment I made to myself— to make an effort to share my words with the world.
Since I have finally revived my IG page last February, I wanted to start posting micro poems partly because they are more digestible to my friends who will read my posts, but mainly because I wanted to ease myself into sharing my words. I wrote this one with the clear intention of posting a belated Valentine’s Day post, hence the Late Valentine title.
I am not really overly cheesy when it comes to love and whatnot, but sometimes I wanted to convey my feelings into what I write. This one is a succinct wordplay to love. It expresses attachment and emotions without getting so in your face about it. And with just five short lines, I wanted to give some sort of belated Happy Valentine’s greeting to the post.
I remembered writing this because I was still a little hesitant about sharing my works on my IG page. This post is a reminder to myself that it’s ok to be vulnerable to the world. The mere fact that I’m finally sharing my poems is already a big win for me.
Behind the scenes, I was also prepping myself into submitting to literary magazines. With all the political turmoil and economic unrest in the Philippines, I realized that I unconsciously wrote a lot of protest art with poetry as my medium. While the words I’ve written are still not enough for concrete action to take place, I wanted my poems to reach a larger audience in the hopes that I can share what’s happening in the Philippines with the world.
At last, a haiku with proper punctuations. If you’ll notice the first post, I was so deep into my head about whether or not I will finally post on the page that I FORGOT TO EDIT THE ACTUAL POST. Now, dare I say that I’m getting the hang of this aspirational Insta-poet thing? Ha, I wish that’s really the case.
One of my friends wrote a comment on the post and said that it reminded her of Taylor Swift’s lyrics. The Swiftie in me was very flattered indeed. This is also the post where I finally committed to posting #HaikuTuesdays once a week. Not only will it force me to think of that 5-7-5 syllables every week but it will also help me dedicate my time to actually doing this whole IG poetry thing. Believe me that more than just writing, there’s actually a bit of work that goes into curating these posts.
This one is another poem from the vault. I wrote it so many years ago and it was just sitting there on my Evernote App all by its lonesome. I figured that it was nice enough to share on the page, so there you have it. The title, Three Words, was actually written before I wrote the poem. I would usually come up with the title after I write the entire piece. But this one I knew that I had to write something out of the phrase, “three words.”
And there you have it! These are five poems from February 2021. I’ll be doing March next. Stay tuned!