It has taken over four years to regain faith in myself. Just before I retired from high school teaching, I was sick, exhausted, and unsure if I was doing the right thing. The plan was to finish a novel I started years ago before the pressures of teaching took over, so I enrolled on several creative writing courses and worked hard at prose. But I was constantly drawn back to poetry.
When I first discovered WordPress in 2015, I had no idea what it was. I just wanted to try blogging, to see what it was like. I found poetry, lots of it, in all shapes and forms, and I was inspired by the many prompts and challenges.
My first posts felt like tentative dips into deep water, wary of jellyfish and sharks, hoping to meet a mermaid. And I met so many – mermaids, mermen, merpeople! The warmth and acceptance of the on-line writing community has given me back my faith in poetry, people and myself.
faith and acceptance
poetry waiting to bloom
coral reef of self
Kim M. Russell, 2018
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun: Faith
Mish is our host this Easter Monday. She reminds us that over the Easter weekend, many have celebrated a religious holiday, commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. She says that In Christianity and other religions faith becomes the key to salvation, the door to the ‘afterlife’; it can become a way of coping with daily struggles and major traumas.
However, Mish would like to broaden the idea of faith beyond any particular religion in order to include our diverse beliefs. She would like us to write about how faith has evolved in our lives, and whether nature restores our faith in new beginnings. She asks if one act of kindness strengthens our faith in humanity? We can write about a leap of faith or losing faith: in God, ourselves, others, in our own theories and convictions, or in society.