I find that poetry can change the world in that it can be used as a vessel for healing, helping to nurture our personality and sense of self as well as means of peaceful yet profound activism. I remember writing poetry as a child and making up catchy songs that had a rhyme to them, always putting language to a felt sense that I felt inside which is truly the essence of poetry. I would sing them to myself all the time to stabilize my energy and regulate my emotions. Doing this from a young age gave me hope and naturally built my self-esteem by hearing the wisdom of my own words, my own voice, always connecting to my heart.
I believe everyone is a poet! Poetry has always been playful for me and as a forever poet, I know I play, explore, and heal through my poetry knowing I have the freedom to write from my heart. I hope others might feel connected to my poetry and find meaning in it that somehow enhances their own lived human experience, inspires them, or simply makes them feel less alone in unfavorable human experiences or emotions and company or a friend also in the favorable or more pleasant experiences, too. Poetry has the power of real raw human connection and change; poetry has the depth to access very wounded hearts and bring healing there where one could never touch or get to those crevices of our soul.
Rachel E. Juliette, Poet, MA, BFA