I've never considered myself a poet.
I've never aspired to be a poet.
I've never thought I could make the leap from fiction to poetry.
But . . .
I've never focused and tried to do it
Because . . .
I've never thought it would be good enough to be categorized as real poetry.
So . . .
I've decided I can write fiction AND attempt to craft poetry.
I've decided I don't have to be a poet to be a good writer.
I've decided to find examples of poetry I like, and model mine after them.
I found it! It's called tanka poetry--similar to haiku. Tanka has a total of 31 syllables in five lines, arranged in the pattern 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. I 've written some haiku in the past, so I thought there is no reason in the world I shouldn't try this different format.
So far I've written three tanka poems. When I re-read them, I think, "Not bad for my first few tries."
I've decided I seriously like that feeling.
The plan is to write 10-12 and then start sharing them here. At that time, I will also engage in a li'l self promotion because I'll tweet them, too. Maybe.