Author: Student Blogger, Katrina Zerounian
Words are a spread of a few letters, tied to each other by sound, a few taps on a keyboard, or the scribble of your pen. They are intricately held together by the magnitude of a million emotions that can make your head spin. Simple yet so complex, they have the power to build you up and the power to knock you down. But why do they do this? What is it about words that ignite a feeling in us and sparks our own inspiration?
Outstanding poets like Shakespeare and Poe aren’t as different from us as we might assume. Poetry is not an act of fame or fortune—it is a way to communicate something. Maybe it is intended to be read by hundreds, or thousands of eyes; or maybe it was meant to be read by just two. Either way, writing starts from thoughts. It starts with a million feelings, griefs, and joys. You pick up the pen and tell it to lead these thoughts to where you can see them. You press the pen’s tip against the smooth paper and you give it a responsibility, a mission to show you the words in your head. They come out in black strokes, but you don’t stop there. You keep going until the page is full. It is only then that you will look at the eloquent curves and edges that you made to represent your thoughts.
What we say to ourselves is one of the biggest things we can learn from. Going through life, we will encounter many people, and through our journey, we will learn many lessons. However, these words will never erase. The ink has dried and it is smudge-proof; it will never fade away. The pen will never forget.
Words, though so often used, tell us a different story every time they are spoken, written, or heard. They can come in big banners or in small letters, in speeches or in music—yet they don’t change who we are. Let these words add to us, as we walk down our path, and guide us through. Let these words inspire you.
About our Student Blogger
I am a sophomore with Laurel Springs and I live in California. I am in my second year in Laurel Springs. My many interests include writing and music. I enjoy writing in many genres, both fiction, and nonfiction. I’ve been published in a few literary journals and I plan to attend UCLA after high school.