Hiraeth and Saudade

Some of my friends have asked me to write an article about writing poetry. Well, for me, writing poems cannot be forced to a person. Poems are the extension of one’s emotions—it is the creative expression of how they feel. One can learn how to write a poem, but one cannot be forced to write a poem about a topic one does not feel anything at all.

I’ve also been asked by some of my friends and readers how I write poems or what motivates me to write poems. My answer? Pain. Yes, emotional pain. Depression, heartbreak, heartache, and things like those. But it does not mean I experience them at the time of writing. Sometimes, I imagine a situation to evoke the emotion I want to write about; then, I get carried away, and that’s the part where I begin to write.

But despite my beliefs about writing a…

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