I started the poem below as I do most every poem or lyric I write – in my journal.
I used to have stacks of loose papers, old restaurant menus, napkins, note pads… basically anything that was around me at the moment I’d get a new idea. Then, after what I’m sure accumulated to days and weeks of my life looking for things, I finally decided to get organized. Or, that is, more organized.
My current creative process looks something like this: First, I’ll write out whatever comes to mind in a very rough form. This part is simply brainstorming, there’s no “right” or “wrong” at this stage of the process, just words.
Then, I’ll re-write the idea making edits, solidifying the content and message as I go. I may do this once; I may do it four or five times.
After I’m feeling pleased with the overall poem and rhythm it has when read, I take it to the computer to design the text. Believe it or not, this can actually take longer than writing the poem itself because I’m fairly particular about spacing and lines.
Once the text is tweaked, it’s time to choose the colors and take one last look, double-checking to make sure nothing got bumped out of place throughout the process. I’m still unsure as to whether this will be the final color, but here you go, the final draft…
Although this poem can be applicable to many different areas of life, it’s original inspiration was founded in the thought of an orphan’s hope. We have many friends who have adopted and hearing their stories inspires me. They’ve overcome so much to get where they are: fighting fears, doubts, feelings of rejection… At one time, their children were orphans without family or permanent residence, needing stability and love. Then, a long-awaited promise is fulfilled the day their new family brings them home. They are now and forever a family; hope is found, a new life awaits and their adventure begins!
Oh, and a big thanks to my friend Danielle who was my beta reader for this poem and helped me make sure it was ready for you!