My First Poetry Submission...Finally

  April is National Poetry Month, and I've decided that this year, I would submit one of my poems for the very first time. Well, today I did it. And it felt really good. It's so enlightening to finally understand what Stephen King and Neil Gaiman have been saying for many years; (and I'm paraphrasing here) Write, write, write, then write some more. Submit your work, put it out there for others to see. Don't write for the sole purpose of being paid. Write because you have no choice but to write.

Finally, I feel the joy of putting my own words out into the world. And it feels better than any web writing at 1, 2 or even 3 whole cents a word. Finally, I actually feel like a writer. Which is ridiculous, I know, as I've been writing for almost my entire life--and I'm old! Finally, I know my true writing career has begun...

I've often heard and read that if you follow your passion, everything else will fall into place to allow you to continue to feed the fires of your passions and live the life you were meant to live. Well I'm beginning to believe that, and am ready to reap the rewards of those passions, even though half my life (or more) has passed. Better late than never.

If the powers that be decide my poem is worthy of publication, I'll update that here when the 'contest' is over. But I'm not really concerned about that, I'm just pleased with myself for finally coming out of my shell enough to begin submitting my works to various and sundry. Write on, my friends!

UPDATE: Alas, my poem was not accepted for publication, however that just means I get to try again with a different publication. Try and try again!