Why do you write poetry?

I would like to post about a discussion I had today on FaceBook with Bibli Ophelia about why I write about some things using poetic form…

Bibli Ophelia

Where’s your inspiration come from to write poetry?

Khul Waters
Bibli, the inspiration comes from the love I’ve been so very fortunate to share in my life. My ex – smiles, yes we had a wonderful love before we allowed it to wither. My partner, Sara, the Kate in my ‘Journey into Submission’ stories. And Angel P whose love inspired the ‘Fallen Angel’ poem and another poem that will remain private. My poems reflect the love that I have shared and now share and I hope show the joy and passion that their love allow me to feel.

Bibli Ophelia 
‘Struggling Against Fate’ is beautiful, Khul Waters! What inspired you to write it in poetry form?

Khul Waters
That’s a hard one to answer, Bibli, but I think it comes down to this… Prose is wonderful for conveying ‘width’, the slow build up of, say, a loving relationship or the building of tension within a story. Poetry, however, allows you to distill the essence of a moment in time, as with say ‘The Phone Rings’ or of a feeling, as in ‘The Spiral of Our Love’ or of a thought process, as in ‘Struggling Against Fate’. Poetry, if I can successfully find the key words, allows me to give an intense insight into what I did or felt or thought. An insight that can’t easily be stretched over the ‘wordiness’ of prose without losing that intensity.


A moment in time from ‘The Phone Rings…’

I run,
Yes, run to grasp it
Hands slippery
With surging hope.

hesitant, I dare not breathe
“My Love…”
your own breath falters.

Magically, crazily, inexplicably,
All is one
All is as before


A feeling from ‘The Spiral of Our Love’

As I kiss you
and you kiss me
the world flickers and fades for us
all light and all love is within the circle that we are
and we become that love –
are that love –
and are one
(We are one!)


A thought from ‘Struggling Against Fate’

I do not like that!

Maybe it’s the Master in me
That likes to control.
Maybe it’s the lover in me
That yearns for a role.
Maybe it’s the man in me
That wants inside the ‘loop’
That will decide our fate.

Khul Waters