When we were in Japan, I had some technical issues with my site that put me offline for several days. As that unfolded, it halted my regularly scheduled Warrior Poet Circle posts that I had been running for about a year.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with them because I hadn’t had a lot of participation in them so I thought I would just continue to post some poetry (which I have here and here), but I also love the aspect of sharing and community with these expressions. Since I’ve stopped as well I’ve had a couple of inquiries about it so it’s enough prompting for me to see it return.
Here’s some of what I wrote before:
…I’ve thought it would be great to have other warrior poets come together and share their passion through poetic expression. No set form or meter, just open hearts–and we could call it the Warrior Poet Circle.
Some interesting thoughts and findings about warrior poets,
- In Scripture
- King David of course comes to mind first. A man after God’s own heart, he was as comfortable singing a psalm and writing a poem as he was slaying a giant and leading an army. He was courageous, but tenderhearted; passionate, but reverent of God. He didn’t shy away from honesty with Him, and God loved it. He made plenty of mistakes, but still every king after him was measured by this standard. David’s was a life marked and defined by love, relationship with God, honesty, loyalty, bravery, conquering fears, trusting in God, overcoming mistakes, and of course, passionate and prophetic expressions in the Psalms.
- In History
- The Warrior-Poet is the ancient tradition of dedication to developing the body and the mind as one. The Bushido warrior code of ancient Japan, the Shambhala teachings of Tibet, the chivalrous knights of medieval Europe and the ancient Greek warriors are all examples of this proud tradition. The Warrior-Poet retains a mysterious and ancient aura, a member of the leadership class who guides with wisdom and courage. They are defined by their dedication to their crafts of warfare, and intellectual study and reflection. The Warrior-Poet is also a spiritual warrior, understanding their true relationship to heaven and the earth…(WikiAnswers)
That’s what I want to be in my life–having the proper perspective between earth and heaven, living honestly before God and man with passion and courage. Obviously, it’s not just about mind and body, but fully surrendering everything to the Father.
So as I begin this again in a little different form, here’s what I’m proposing. Will you join me?
- We’ll start next Monday, April 2 and run every two weeks after that.
- Before I had set topics, but I’m not going to do that this go around. Take a theme, scripture, or topic that ignites passion and means something to you and write a poem–that’s it.
- I’ll have a link widget ready here on Monday morning so you can add your poem here.
- This still isn’t a macho anything. It is open to everyone. Men and women can be warrior poets (Galatians 3:28).
- Below there’s a button and code that you can use on your post as you link back if you want.
You don’t have to have ever written a poem before. This is just another way to unleash your creativity in a different way with a supportive community behind you. I know from experience that it’s very liberating as much as it is challenging.
Are you willing to take a chance with me? Are there any other warrior poets out there (aspiring or otherwise)? What other thoughts might make this better?