I never imagined I would write anything, let alone poetry. I think my very first attempt at writing poems was in elementary school. I showed it to one person and she mocked me in laughter. It was years later in Bible School before I ever wrote another, but even those being few and far between. The time came in 2013 when I was challenged by my brother to write one in April for the National Poetry Writing website. I wrote one, and to my surprise, one every day for the month. I have been doing it ever since.
I am 64 years old and find now that I don’t look at anything without thinking there should be a poem wrapped around it. My first love is writing my faith, but have ventured out with the prompts to include other scenarios. I find I communicate my deepest thoughts through writing. It is completely different from my vocal ability. It helps me process my own perceptions and life experiences. As for poets, I am not familiar enough to choose a venue of influence. I would say the on-line poets I read are my inspiration.
Snow melts into rain
New growth awakes and breaks through
And words find purpose
dVerse wants a haibun, 2-3 paragraphs with a haiku at the end. Prompt is who inspired me to write, and why I write.