Where I Find My Poetry…

At band rehearsal this week (I play in a covers band for weddings and corporate functions) I scribbled this onto a scrap of paper between songs as the band rehearsed with a drummer who is filling in for me for an upcoming gig.

I’d had the title floating in my head for about a week and an idea of what I wanted to write. Originally I intended it to be a simple blog post about how I, as a writer and poet, find my inspiration and ideas. 

The idea was composting in my head and while I lounged behind the sound desk I scribbled this out.

Where I Find Poetry

Where I Find Poetry

while searching for loose change in my pocket
between the first splash of milk
when I make a cup of tea
and stir in the sugar
waiting for the hot water to come through
in the shower and I’m standing naked
getting cold
watching my indicator blink on/off on/off on/off
listening to the kitchen tap drip
no matter how often I change 
the washer
and touching your skin as the last thing
I do before I go to sleep.

What becomes more interesting is I took a photo and posted it to Facebook, rough and ready as it was. A good creative friend of mine made this comment: “This reminds my (in style) of Leunig, but I do that in praise of such an original piece. This needs to be a poster.” (Leunig is a well known and highly respected Australian cartoonist and writer)

Once it is published it is out of my hands. It is what it is to the reader and viewer. I see its faults and insecurities, the line breaks that don’t quite fit or the meter or rhythm of lines that are inconsistent, the ideas for improvement. 

But the reader and viewer engage with it as it is, seeing it as a finished product for him or her. It either resonates and connects or fails to spark and is ignored. And that’s fine.

It’s also, upon reflection, an accurate understanding of the focus of what I write about. I like the minutiae, ennui and detritus of the day-to-day because these actions, objects or circumstances have significance and meaning to a person. We are inspired and captivated by the videos flowing through social media of spectacular acts of heroism, generosity and compassion but it’s often the short videos of people doing simple, routine acts that bring us to tears because it reminds us we can make a difference. 

The seemingly insignificant has meaning and purpose to the individual and I want to explore what it means for the character and his or her life because it often reveals significant meaning and purpose.

122 responses to “Where I Find My Poetry…

  1. Love it! There’s so much naked un-dressed up truth in that summary, and I love the idea of imagining those moments as a ‘place’ where you find a poem. Yes, make it into a poster! Thanks for sharing, H xxx

  2. Reblogged this on Perth Words… exploring possibilities. and commented:
    I find poetry finds me in ‘the minutiae, ennui and detritus of the day-to-day’… too!

  3. Reblogged this on EVERY DAY SMILE…;-).

  4. Thanks for sharing this. Nice one and a great read. I agree on that point, it does need to be a poster; it’ll be interesting to see. Nicely written… Thanks.

  5. So good!!!!! As someone who has NO IDEA where my stories come from, I found this immensely interesting. Cheers!

  6. Yes

  7. I would buy it if it ever did become a poster!! It is so inspirational!! I love it!! I would love to read some of your poems one day!!

  8. There is something about your handwriting. Can’t seem to get the exact words.

    The poem is about something so mundane yet it is remarkable.

  9. There is something about your handwriting. Can’t seem to get the exact words.

    The poem is about something so mundane yet remarkable.

  10. wow…..so beautiful!!!!

  11. Just saw you got freshly pressed for this – congratulations! H x

  12. The poem is a naked truth of daily routine!! 😛

  13. From the everyday to the sublime. Lovely!

  14. That is so true! Sometimes I get ideas when I am half asleep and I have to get up to scribble them out- have lost so many of them due to this. 😦
    Great post!

  15. Reblogged this on The Perfectionist and commented:
    I Like this..

  16. Nice work. Creative brains are always at work making internal poetry about the most mundane, yet beautiful moments in life. My son, Emerson Hart of Tonic, has the ability to take words and set them into musical poetry. You both are gifted men. Keep thinking and creating!

  17. Loved the poem and the idea behind it. Poetry is not something impervious and special one finds on a pinnacle, it is part of everyday life, around us and inside us.

  18. There’s more your poem than is apparent on the surface.

  19. Congratulations making Freshly Pressed

  20. I love it! Feels so real!

  21. palpable. I love it! Thank you for this post!

  22. To me this poem works better when you see it in your handwriting, that’s not to say the poem doesn’t work for me: it does. It just got me thinking about how all poetry becomes standardized once it gets published, and aside from clarity, why we don’t see more books reproducing the author’s handwriting.

  23. Very nice

  24. It is so relatable. It’s not even funny. Love your writing!

  25. I love this. Thanks for writing !

  26. Truly said, simple things have a great impact because people relate to them. Loved the poem. No place left where you can’t find your poetry. But then that is the beauty of a poet. We get ideas even in mundane, in silly things (read simple things).

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  28. Reblogged this on Perspectivas da vida and commented:
    🙂 we’ll noted.

  29. I love this. I’m often struck by things while folding laundry, doing dishes, walking to work in the rain. We jot it down, but then we clean it up. And I always wonder how much of the heart gets lost in the edits.

  30. Hi everyone, thanks for the lovely comments and reblogs. Sorry for the delay in responding as I am on a road trip with the school band and have limited web access. I will respond more thoughtfully upon my return.
    Thanks for your support.
    Adam @revhappiness

  31. In the world of technologies, a plain paper and a pen work as a magic while creating a poem. We have computers, tabs, smart phones and what not in our age…but still I prefer to write it in my own Font Style. And I really liked the way you wrote and posted your original. Lots of regards for your future writings!!! 🙂

    • I like the feel of hand writing and use my notebook constantly. I co-wrote a novel with a friend by hand because our characters were writing letters to each other. Makes for an interesting narrative construction.

  32. Creativity is a funny little thing. Keep it going.

  33. Wow this is a really wonderful poem!

  34. Your poem is beautiful just like your handwriting. It is certainly an inspiration to me..

  35. Lovely, love the poetry and can feel the music in it!

  36. Some could steal your work. I wouldn’t recommend posting it to the world. You should probably take it down and copyright asap and take a pic of date and time from on here. Then you can post. But if someone steals it and then makes money from it and copyrights it in their name well then you’re in a pickle. I know the business all too well!

  37. It’s… great 🙂 I love your handwriting, and the text is inspiring. Definitely an awesome job 🙂

  38. Great Work..

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  40. Gypsy Souls & Sleepy Oracles


  41. Inspiration comes to me whilst I’m not trying to push for it. I too find myself overwhelmed by a word barrage whilst undertaking a non-related task. It becomes impossible not to succumb to the need and scrap paper becomes my constant companion 🙂

  42. Can you guys please read my blog it about my life and how I live please

  43. seeing the writer’s handwriting gives an intimacy to the poem. that visual is an integral part of the experience here – lovely idea. thanks for sharing.

  44. It’s true. They strike anywhere. Some of my best poetry has come after simply sitting down with pen and pad and start writing strings of words, any words, with no idea how they will fall or play against each other. Sometimes the first line of a poem comes from absolutely no where and all the rest designed to play off of it. My recent “Body Politic” is such a poem. Others wake me up in the middle of the night already completely formed in my head, from top to bottom. My most recent poem, “Wondering,” is one of those.

  45. Beautifully written, thanks for sharing it. When I like some random piece of writing I’ve produced I label it a poem sketch. Calling it a sketch frees me up to not worry about the fact that I’m not following the rules. So often, these are the best pieces to share because they resemble the spontaneity of life and the rambled way in which most of us think.

  46. Love it! I was asked the same thing and I had to answer ‘I don’t know. Everywhere’ you’ve summer this up perfectly! I wrote a piece about missing a woman I’d never met which my friend requested framed and hung so I gave it to him. The inspiration? I was having a smoke on the balcony and saw a shadow pass a window in a distant home. I started writing and it unfolded. Great post. Following.

  47. I enjoyed the insight into your thought processes. I like the idea of words composting. I imagined the most innovative scrabbling to the top of the compost pile to be used.

  48. I really like this letter Adam. You do a great job writing it.

  49. lost girl's diary

    nice work

  50. I hope that you find it in your hearth 😉

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  52. Poetry flows through you without reason. 😀

  53. It is definitely an inspirational thing and I would definitely put it up on my wall to remind me why I write.

  54. Hi Adam, I’m not a poet or professional writer, but I do like spontaneous and intuitive writing… I’ve just sent my poem of sailor for international poetry competition in 2015 http://wp.me/p4mUeK-w5

  55. I love the spontaneity in this! It definitely has to be made into a poster!
    A large one for my room please! 🙂


  56. The things I feel compelled to write won’t leave me alone. Quite frankly, I wish they would.

  57. Great job! I was wondering if you could check my blog, Bleacher Boy. I am a 14 year old blogger and would love to hear feedback. My blog is a kid’s view on all things baseball! If you have any tips, tricks, and criticism, I would love that!
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  59. I needed this bit of everyday perspective tonight. Thank you for a great post on remembering the simplicity of things.

  60. For many creative people, the best ideas come when you are least expecting them! Enjoyed the post.

  61. I liked reading this, it’s true too. I myself get inspiration from everyday things that and my past experiences.

  62. When I read this piece, I could feel myself zoning out in those places discovering a new poem or suddenly feeling the first few lines. It’s usually moments like driving or taking a shower when some of the best ideas come. They really hit you in the face, and you have to write them, because you have no idea where they came from. Great work!

  63. Since this post went live and hit up WordPress Freshly Pressed, I have been quite humbled by the number of people who have ‘Liked’ the post, reblogged it or written a comment.
    Thank you to everyone who read it, liked it, shared it.

  64. The handwritten poetry … It’s beauty is because it reads so fresh and it’s not tweaked. Your written thoughts are exposed for all to see… Delightful

  65. Perhaps you should try looking harder for ‘your poetry’ in places where it might be found.

    • I’ll keep looking.

      • You can’t look for poetry. Poet means maker. You have to make poetry happen and that involves work and risk– a great deal of work and a willingness to risk failure and welcome it because you have at leeast attempted to do something not done before. Most poetry written these days is either obtuse claptrap or self-indulgent ramblings. Poets have stopped trying to stretch the language the emotions the meanings in a poem and have settle for easy oiut like writing about writing or using gimmicks. Poetry is an art form as much as painting, music, even dance. The minute you begin to treat it with impunity you take on the role of a hack andf are willing to settle for the mediocre. Don’t settle for what is easy. Grasp at that which is difficult to do. In the end you will find you casn a great deal of pride and humility in bneing a real poet. >KB

      • Poetry is an easy form to start with but the complexity and genius of the art form comes through studying and researching the form. Lately I’ve been reading, and writing, haiku. In English, the form seems simple (ignoring the 5,7,5 syllable structure for a moment), however, reading about the Japanese masters (albeit in translation) shows how powerful language can be. There is tremendous power in the phrase, fragment and image of the haiku. It’s brevity belies a far more depth and nuanced art form.
        Poetry can be obtuse claptrap or self-indulgent ramblings; it depends on the poet’s purpose or intended audience. I like hearing performance poets where the addition of tone and timbre in the voice adds another level of meaning to the words.
        I never treat words or poetry with impunity but respect the language. It is a mastery I will not achieve; I will pursue it until the very end.

      • The way to study poetry is to write, write, write—all you learn from books becomes meaningless once you are alone with page.

      • I find books provide a good foundation of poetry’s form and structure, and are a useful resource to give understanding and insight. Then, when you’re at the page, you have the freedom to apply, or break, the principles learned.

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