Each week in the TLAN course, Changing the World with Words, I looked forward to the prompts and resources that took me on unexpected paths of self- discovery. My writing was almost always an outpouring from the depths of my heart, often as a poem and I did not focus on the craft. The more mature writing of others was invigorating but also intimidating and I hesitated to share my work which paled in comparison, and the way I used rhyme.
A deep dive into the reading resources led me to viewing an interview with Pádraig Ó Tuama who says that poetry and rhyme offer a boundary that can help to contain our thoughts. This simple insight shifted something within me, in understanding my current style of writing and unashamedly accepting my creative process without comparison. So, albeit with mild trepidation, here’s a poem of mine:
Inspired by the poem ‘The Laughing Heart’ by Charles Bukowski, one of the creative prompts on the course. Your life is Your Life Your life is your life. It may not seem so now Your life is your life, It’s ok to ask how. Your life is your life Even when you feel caged in Your life is your life Scratch a way, use even a pin Your life is your life It ebbs and it flows. Your life is your life In the midst of the blows Your life is your life Take the wheel in your hands Your life is your life Fly and decide where to land Your life is your life Be the change you want to see Your life is your life It always was, blessed be
Renu Thomas is a BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist, educator and workshop facilitator. Born in India, she has spent her growing years with her parents in England, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia and has lived in Dubai (UAE) for most of her adult life. She has a Masters in Textiles and Clothing from India and a Masters in Art Psychotherapy from Edinburgh, Scotland . She has extensive experience working with adults and children of varied ethnicities and having witnessed their stories, has a growing interest in the field of displacement and trauma. She is a self-taught artist and although she finds ceramics and acrylic painting centering and enjoyable, it is through writing that she has found liberation and empowerment. She passionately encourages others to pursue some form of creative expression, embrace their authentic selves and live on purpose.