Posts Tagged ‘word’


One thing I don’t do very often is rewrite my poems. However I have rewritten one called ‘I Believe’ and it got an amazing response when I read it recently at a poetry event. What do you think……………….

I believe you

When I stare in your face

And see a happy smile

Beaming back at me

 

I believe you

When you tell me you’re

Happy to see me

And kiss me gently

 

I believe you

When you hug me tightly

Squeezing me warmly

Feeling your skin on mine

 

I believe you

I believe every word you say to me

Every touch of your person

I take it literally

 

I believe you

Because I know no other way

And whether you truly mean it or not

I still believe you


Today was an amazing day for me. I was invited to Specialist Autism Services, an autism charity based in Bradford, England. I was invited down to talk about my poem ‘My Eyes’ and the subsequent film derived from it made by Courtney Sandifer to some of the students from the creative writing workshop. It was a surreal experience for me answering questions about one of my poems and talking about the story behind it. I’ve never experienced anything like it before and it was humbling for me to have people there who wanted to listen to my words and hearing one of the students read my poem out.

After the reading and the film I read my new poem ‘Ignored’ out and the students then got very creative turning it into a film and a cartoon. It was inspiring for me to see and hear the ideas they came up with just from one of my poems! I felt that they had far more creativity in them than I did and to me they proved it. When the workshop had finished and the students told me that they could not believe they were meeting a real life author and how much they had enjoyed the workshop it really hit home how words and writing have the power to change lives and inspire others.

For the record I don’t consider myself an author. I’m just someone who is able to put his feelings, thoughts and emotions into words that other’s can take something from. This makes it very, very rewarding for me and very worthwhile to keep going and never stop writing.


As I continue on my journey in this life I am slowly beginning to realise that the best way to express myself is through the written word and the wonderful language we have at our disposal day after day after day. Finally after fearing that I would never be able to fully express myself through any form of communication, the rediscovery of the written word has set me free once again. My poems may not be the best or win any prizes, but to me they are an expression of how I feel in that very instance, that very snap shot of the time I have on this planet. Each and every day I am seeing new sights, hearing new sounds, smelling new odours, everything is now something to be discovered instead of passing it by as if it doesn’t exist. A stone is no longer a stone. A stone has meaning and depth. Where did it come from? Where has it been? Where is it going? What has it seen? It is no longer a stone in the road, but now has life and meaning. My mind is expanding, my vocabulary is expanding, my whole world is expanding. Some might say that it is too late to discover all this but I say that the only time it is too late to discover anything is when we have left this world and gone to the next one.

It is never too late to rediscover life, to give something or someone a new meaning and to rediscover the person within you.

Andrew Smith 20th June 2014