When I was seven I used to sit with the librarian at the school where my father worked. One afternoon I remember picking up a pen and pressing it to a blank sheet of paper. I had no idea what I was going to write; I just let the words spill onto the page. When I was finished, I lifted the pen, replaced the lid and showed the paper to the librarian. She read it to herself quickly, looked down me and smiled. I remember her patting my head and whispering,

“You were born to write.”

During the years that have followed, writing – particularly poetry – has become second nature to me. It is the most natural and effective way for me to express myself and I can’t imagine my life without it.

So far this year I have been quite lost; searching for some meaning in my life, desperately trying to find something that is mine. Something at which I excel, and of which I can be proud.

While speaking with a relative recently she asked if I was still writing. In that moment I smiled to myself and realised that I had been searching for something that was already found.

Poetry is my centre. It grounds me. It gives me peace. It is a part of me and now I’m sharing that part of me with you.

I do so hope you enjoy it.

Psst… What’s With the Blog Title?

In case you were wondering, the sound ‘shh’, which we use to quieten and soothe those in distress, is known in phonetics as a voiceless palato-alveolar fricative. Poetry soothes me, hence the title.

17 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi, my name is Trey, I’m 25 years old, I really like the art in words that you create and I am an aspiring writer, poet and chef. To my degree I have just started the blog on wordpress but I have been writing for years. I’m motivated by your success.

      1. Thank you very much!. Sometimes I will post things about 3 times a week and I’m still learning the wordpress site and the features it has to offer. Umm, do you have any advice for me?

      2. Umm, not really, just try to post regularly (even I’m guilty of not posting enough). I’ve had a quick look at what you have so far and I like that you have variety. It keeps thing interesting! Good luck…I’ll be following πŸ˜‰

  2. Hello! It’s lovely to have stumbled across you via Nanowrimo – I really enjoyed your poem today and look forward to enjoying many more. I’m the opposite of you and never wrote a poem in my life until September when I decided to write a poem a day.

    It sounds like that was quite a formative moment when you were seven. It’s amazing when people really believe in you isn’t it?

    1. A poem a day since September. That’s amazing! I think writing poetry is something both beautiful and rewarding, whether you’ve written for years or months. I look forward to visiting your blog and following your journey. Thanks for the kind words πŸ™‚

  3. Hiya Serena,
    I was wondering if you might be interested in joining a blog tour with me! In case you’re wondering what it’s all about. Basically you submit a small bio to me and a pic of your choice, then answer a few Tour Questions, which are below and then choose 3 people you would like to tag. Then those persons carry on the next leg of the Blog Tour!
    The questions on the Tour are:

    a) What are you working on?
    b) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
    c) Why do you write what you do?
    d) How does your writing process work?
    e) Say who is on next week (up to three people you would tag), and provide a bio and link to their website). Their posts would go up June 2

    Here is a look at what my nominator wrote so you can have an idea

    Once I’ve received your bio and pic I will either do a follow up post with my 3 tagged bloggers or add the info in on my leg of the tour.
    You will then start your leg a week from today nominating your 3 bloggers and they will then start a week later etc.
    I hope u can participate. It will be cool and will help to increase your audience and show your great work to others. πŸ™‚

    *If you have any questions etc please email me at: chattinatti@gmail.com

    Cheers! Chatti Natti

  4. The world needs more people like the librarian that you met…people who will look at young people and see their potential. Glad that you were encouraged to write!

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